During Chinese New Year, Mandarin oranges and tangerines are considered traditional symbols of abundance and good fortune. During the two-week celebration, they are frequently displayed as decoration and presented as gifts to friends, relatives, and business associates.The mandarin orange is a variety of the orange family. The mandarin has many names, some of which actually refer to crosses between the mandarin and another citrus fruit. Satsuma, a seedless variety, of which there are over 200 cultivars, such as Owari and mikan; are the source of most canned mandarins, and popular as a fresh fruit due to its easy peeling. Likewise, the Clementine, sometimes known as a "Christmas orange" as its peak season is December; and is perhaps the most important commercial Mandarin orange form. Tangerines sometimes known as "Dancy Mandarin" are also popular as is the Tangor, also called the temple orange, a cross between the Mandarin orange and the common sweet orange; its thick rind is easy to peel and its bright orange pulp is sour-sweet and full-flavored. I tell you all so you know you can substitute if need be, but preferably selecting one of the seedless varieties.
|Kevin making salads for guests.|
Ingredients1/2 cup olive oil
1/4 cup cider vinegar
1/4 cup honey
2 teaspoons dried parsley
1 teaspoon salt
1 pinch ground black pepper
1/2 cup sliced almonds
1 head red leaf lettuce - rinsed, dried and torn
1/2 red onion, chopped
1/2 cup chopped celery
2 (11 ounce) cans mandarin orange segments, drained
Fresh ground pepper
In a jar with a tight fitting lid, combine the oil, vinegar, honey, parsley, salt and pepper. Cover and shake well. Refrigerate until ready for use.
In a large bowl, toss together the lettuce, celery, onion oranges and almonds. Re-shake dressing and coat salad evenly. Apply fresh ground pepper. Plate and serve.