Poppyseed Mandarin Salad | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this quick & easy #salad uses only 7 ingredients including the #SaladDressing. The contrasting savory & sweet flavors are delightful. Great for weeknight dinners. #GlutenFree #MandarinOranges #cashews #CheddarCheese #SwissCheese #cranberries #PoppyseedMandarinSalad

Poppyseed Mandarin Salad

August 20, 2020Teresa

Poppyseed Mandarin Salad is fantastic. This quick and easy salad uses just over a handful of ingredients. It’s a delicious side dish that can be whipped up in about 5 or 10 minutes. The combination of tastes from two different cheeses, dried cranberries and cashews along with a poppyseed dressing is delightful.

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I made this tasty salad back in early May and served it with Easy Sausage Manicotti. I ate almost all of the salad! I let my husband get a bowlful but that was about it. 🙂 Both recipes were quick and easy and terrific for a weeknight dinner. One of the nice things about this salad is it uses a store bought poppyseed dressing. That makes it even easier to have table ready.

Poppyseed Mandarin Salad has the savory flavors of Swiss and Cheddar Cheeses and cashew nuts. But those flavors are delicately balanced with the sweet flavors of dried cranberries, mandarin orange segments and the poppyseed dressing. The combination is utterly irresistible.

If you enjoy tossed salads with fruit, this one is a dandy. I couldn’t stay out of it. 🙂

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Poppyseed Mandarin Salad is easy and delicious.

Poppyseed Mandarin Salad | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this quick & easy #salad uses only 7 ingredients including the #SaladDressing. The contrasting savory & sweet flavors are delightful. Great for weeknight dinners. #GlutenFree #MandarinOranges #cashews #CheddarCheese #SwissCheese #cranberries #PoppyseedMandarinSalad

The combination of sweet and salty flavors in this salad is irresistible.

Poppyseed Mandarin Salad | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this quick & easy #salad uses only 7 ingredients including the #SaladDressing. The contrasting savory & sweet flavors are delightful. Great for weeknight dinners. #GlutenFree #MandarinOranges #cashews #CheddarCheese #SwissCheese #cranberries #PoppyseedMandarinSalad

I served the salad with Brianna’s Poppyseed Dressing.

Poppyseed Mandarin Salad | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this quick & easy #salad uses only 7 ingredients including the #SaladDressing. The contrasting savory & sweet flavors are delightful. Great for weeknight dinners. #GlutenFree #MandarinOranges #cashews #CheddarCheese #SwissCheese #cranberries #PoppyseedMandarinSalad

Poppyseed Mandarin Salad was excellent paired with Easy Sausage Manicotti.

Here’s what I did.

Poppyseed Mandarin Salad | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this quick & easy #salad uses only 7 ingredients including the #SaladDressing. The contrasting savory & sweet flavors are delightful. Great for weeknight dinners. #GlutenFree #MandarinOranges #cashews #CheddarCheese #SwissCheese #cranberries #PoppyseedMandarinSalad

I used these ingredients.

Poppyseed Mandarin Salad | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this quick & easy #salad uses only 7 ingredients including the #SaladDressing. The contrasting savory & sweet flavors are delightful. Great for weeknight dinners. #GlutenFree #MandarinOranges #cashews #CheddarCheese #SwissCheese #cranberries #PoppyseedMandarinSalad

Place lettuce mixes in a large salad bowl.

Poppyseed Mandarin Salad | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this quick & easy #salad uses only 7 ingredients including the #SaladDressing. The contrasting savory & sweet flavors are delightful. Great for weeknight dinners. #GlutenFree #MandarinOranges #cashews #CheddarCheese #SwissCheese #cranberries #PoppyseedMandarinSalad

Add cheddar and Swiss cheeses.

Poppyseed Mandarin Salad | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this quick & easy #salad uses only 7 ingredients including the #SaladDressing. The contrasting savory & sweet flavors are delightful. Great for weeknight dinners. #GlutenFree #MandarinOranges #cashews #CheddarCheese #SwissCheese #cranberries #PoppyseedMandarinSalad

Add dried cranberries, cashews and drained, mandarin orange segments.

Poppyseed Mandarin Salad | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this quick & easy #salad uses only 7 ingredients including the #SaladDressing. The contrasting savory & sweet flavors are delightful. Great for weeknight dinners. #GlutenFree #MandarinOranges #cashews #CheddarCheese #SwissCheese #cranberries #PoppyseedMandarinSalad

To serve: Toss salad and drizzle poppyseed dressing over top of individual servings.

Poppyseed Mandarin Salad | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this quick & easy #salad uses only 7 ingredients including the #SaladDressing. The contrasting savory & sweet flavors are delightful. Great for weeknight dinners. #GlutenFree #MandarinOranges #cashews #CheddarCheese #SwissCheese #cranberries #PoppyseedMandarinSalad

This gluten free recipe is heavenly.

Poppyseed Mandarin Salad | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this quick & easy #salad uses only 7 ingredients including the #SaladDressing. The contrasting savory & sweet flavors are delightful. Great for weeknight dinners. #GlutenFree #MandarinOranges #cashews #CheddarCheese #SwissCheese #cranberries #PoppyseedMandarinSalad

We loved eating this salad with Easy Sausage Manicotti.

Poppyseed Mandarin Salad | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this quick & easy #salad uses only 7 ingredients including the #SaladDressing. The contrasting savory & sweet flavors are delightful. Great for weeknight dinners. #GlutenFree #MandarinOranges #cashews #CheddarCheese #SwissCheese #cranberries #PoppyseedMandarinSalad

Every bite of this salad was mouthwatering.

Here’s the recipe.

POPPYSEED MANDARIN SALAD

(Recipe adapted from Taste of Home, Quick Cooking, 2008)

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Poppyseed Mandarin Salad is a fabulous gluten free side salad. This seven ingredient recipe is quick and easy to make, and combines the best of savory and sweet flavors. Cashews, two cheeses, cranberries and mandarin oranges make this salad irresistible and mouthwatering. It's a delightful salad for weeknight dinners or for holidays and company.
Poppyseed Mandarin Salad | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this quick & easy #salad uses only 7 ingredients including the #SaladDressing. The contrasting savory & sweet flavors are delightful. Great for weeknight dinners. #GlutenFree #MandarinOranges #cashews #CheddarCheese #SwissCheese #cranberries #PoppyseedMandarinSalad
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Prep Time 5 minutes
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Poppyseed Mandarin Salad | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this quick & easy #salad uses only 7 ingredients including the #SaladDressing. The contrasting savory & sweet flavors are delightful. Great for weeknight dinners. #GlutenFree #MandarinOranges #cashews #CheddarCheese #SwissCheese #cranberries #PoppyseedMandarinSalad
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Instructions
  1. Layer salad mix in a bowl.
  2. Top with mandarin oranges, cashews, cheddar cheese, swiss cheese and cranberries.
  3. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
  4. Toss salad.
  5. Drizzle with salad dressing to coat.
  6. Serve immediately.
Recipe Notes

NOTE: You can also toss the salad and serve the salad dressing on the side; but I would not toss the salad unless you are feeding about 10 people at the same time.

NOTE: I used a combination of Butter Bliss and Green Leaf lettuces.

NOTE: I used Brianna’s Poppy Seed Dressing.

Recipe slightly adapted from Taste of Home.
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Nutrition Facts
Poppyseed Mandarin Salad
Amount Per Serving
Calories 322 Calories from Fat 189
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 21g 32%
Saturated Fat 6g 30%
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 3g
Cholesterol 22mg 7%
Sodium 289mg 12%
Potassium 93mg 3%
Total Carbohydrates 23g 8%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 17g
Protein 9g 18%
Vitamin A 10%
Vitamin C 6%
Calcium 17%
Iron 1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Poppyseed Mandarin Salad | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this quick & easy #salad uses only 7 ingredients including the #SaladDressing. The contrasting savory & sweet flavors are delightful. Great for weeknight dinners. #GlutenFree #MandarinOranges #cashews #CheddarCheese #SwissCheese #cranberries #PoppyseedMandarinSalad

Having two different types of cheeses really increased the flavor of this salad.

Poppyseed Mandarin Salad | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this quick & easy #salad uses only 7 ingredients including the #SaladDressing. The contrasting savory & sweet flavors are delightful. Great for weeknight dinners. #GlutenFree #MandarinOranges #cashews #CheddarCheese #SwissCheese #cranberries #PoppyseedMandarinSalad

Poppyseed Mandarin Salad is a fabulous salad for company or holiday meals, too.

Poppyseed Mandarin Salad | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this quick & easy #salad uses only 7 ingredients including the #SaladDressing. The contrasting savory & sweet flavors are delightful. Great for weeknight dinners. #GlutenFree #MandarinOranges #cashews #CheddarCheese #SwissCheese #cranberries #PoppyseedMandarinSalad

This salad uses only 7 ingredients including the salad dressing. It’s so quick and easy to whip up.

Poppyseed Mandarin Salad | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this quick & easy #salad uses only 7 ingredients including the #SaladDressing. The contrasting savory & sweet flavors are delightful. Great for weeknight dinners. #GlutenFree #MandarinOranges #cashews #CheddarCheese #SwissCheese #cranberries #PoppyseedMandarinSalad

Poppyseed Mandarin Salad is delicious. Your family may request this salad often!

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