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tina's party salad

a recipe by
Tina Swain
Beaver Dam, WI

This is one of those "Party in your Mouth" recipes. You have crunch, sweet, salty, smooth just ticks all the boxes. This dressing is also great on romaine, red onion, grapefruit sections and sliced avocado salad. The addition of poached, sliced chicken breasts makes it a main dish salad. I got this from my mother-in-law, Catherine Swain who got it from her daughter-in-law Kristi Zahn. Boy, I am so glad I married into this family!

serves a lot!
prep time 15 Min
cook time 5 Min
method Stove Top

Ingredients For tina's party salad

  • 2 sm
    heads lettuce, i like one iceburg and one romaine
  • 2 c
    canned mandarin oranges
  • 1
    red onion thinly sliced
  • 1/2 lb
    bacon sliced crosswise in 1/2 in pieces
  • 1/4 c
    slivered almonds toasted or browned in bacon drippings
  • 1/3 c
  • 2 tsp
    lemon juice
  • 2 Tbsp
    cider vinegar
  • 2 1/2 Tbsp
  • 1/2 tsp
    each of dried onion, dry mustard, paprika,celery salt and table salt
  • 1/2 c
    salad oil

How To Make tina's party salad

  • 1
    tear lettuce and place in large bowl. Compose oranges, bacon, almonds and onion on top.
  • 2
    Mix remaining dressing ingredients and place in a small pan. Heat over medium heat just until sugar dissolves. Dress salad and toss. It looks so pretty I like to dress it and toss it at the table.
  • 3
    If you are taking it to a party then I would recommend taking the orange sections in separate container as well as the dressing and combine right before the hostess serves the meal.

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