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

Teresa

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. 🙂

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 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)

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

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.
Prep Time 5 mins
Total Time 5 mins
Course Salad and Salad Dressing, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 10
Calories 322 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 10 oz. pkg. hearts of romaine salad mix or other salad mix
  • 11 oz. can mandarin orange segments drained
  • 1 cup lightly salted cashews
  • 3/4 cup sharp cheddar cheese shredded
  • 3/4 cup smoked Swiss cheese shredded
  • 2/3 cup dried cranberries
  • 3/4 cup poppy seed dressing

Instructions
 

  • Layer salad mix in a bowl.
  • Top with mandarin oranges, cashews, cheddar cheese, swiss cheese and cranberries.
  • Refrigerate until ready to serve.
  • Toss salad.
  • Drizzle with salad dressing to coat.
  • Serve immediately.

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.
© Can’t Stay Out of the Kitchen

Nutrition

Calories: 322kcalCarbohydrates: 23gProtein: 9gFat: 21gSaturated Fat: 6gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 22mgSodium: 289mgPotassium: 93mgFiber: 2gSugar: 17gVitamin A: 500IUVitamin C: 5mgCalcium: 170mgIron: 0.2mg
Keyword cashews, cheese, cranberry, gluten free, orange, salad, salad dressing, side dish
Tried this recipe?Let us know how it was!
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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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

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.
Prep Time 5 mins
Total Time 5 mins
Course Salad and Salad Dressing, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 10
Calories 322 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 10 oz. pkg. hearts of romaine salad mix or other salad mix
  • 11 oz. can mandarin orange segments drained
  • 1 cup lightly salted cashews
  • 3/4 cup sharp cheddar cheese shredded
  • 3/4 cup smoked Swiss cheese shredded
  • 2/3 cup dried cranberries
  • 3/4 cup poppy seed dressing

Instructions
 

  • Layer salad mix in a bowl.
  • Top with mandarin oranges, cashews, cheddar cheese, swiss cheese and cranberries.
  • Refrigerate until ready to serve.
  • Toss salad.
  • Drizzle with salad dressing to coat.
  • Serve immediately.

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.
© Can’t Stay Out of the Kitchen

Nutrition

Calories: 322kcalCarbohydrates: 23gProtein: 9gFat: 21gSaturated Fat: 6gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 22mgSodium: 289mgPotassium: 93mgFiber: 2gSugar: 17gVitamin A: 500IUVitamin C: 5mgCalcium: 170mgIron: 0.2mg
Keyword cashews, cheese, cranberry, gluten free, orange, salad, salad dressing, side dish
Tried this recipe?Let us know how it was!

17 Comments

  • penalty shooters 2 fútbol

    July 26, 2022 at 5:53 am

    Cashews is my favorite food!

    1. Teresa

      July 27, 2022 at 11:05 am

      They’re terrific in this salad.

  • haartransplantatie

    June 14, 2022 at 8:16 pm

    It was delicious thank you

    1. Teresa

      June 20, 2022 at 7:44 am

      Glad you enjoyed it.

  • tiny fishing

    June 13, 2022 at 9:25 pm

    Cashews are one of my favorite foods!

    1. Teresa

      June 14, 2022 at 11:13 am

      🙂

  • tijundonghua60

    April 29, 2022 at 3:46 am

    The colors are so eye catching

    1. Teresa

      April 30, 2022 at 9:47 am

      Yes they are.

  • Anna

    January 19, 2022 at 9:52 am

    Hello!
    This is a great recipe, Jack. Hope you enjoy it.

    1. Teresa

      January 19, 2022 at 3:14 pm

      It is a terrific recipe.

  • jack

    December 1, 2020 at 12:34 am

    I love tangerines and cashews, the recipe you’ve prepared looks great, I’ll try it, thank you.

    1. Teresa

      December 3, 2020 at 5:58 am

      This is a great recipe, Jack. Hope you enjoy it.

  • Henry Dart

    November 23, 2020 at 1:01 am

    Looks good really

    1. Teresa

      November 23, 2020 at 6:38 am

      Hi Henry. It really was a delicious salad.

  • Teresa

    September 16, 2020 at 11:00 am

    Thanks for sharing.

  • cookie clicker

    August 20, 2020 at 11:50 pm

    I love to eat cashews!

    1. Teresa

      August 21, 2020 at 3:08 pm

      Then this is a great way to enjoy them!

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