Winter time would be so depressing without mandarins! I always like to buy a wooden box of them and keep them on the dining table and the coffee table in my living room. So if you’re like me and have a lot of them rolling around at home, this is a great recipe to use them all up! It‘s fresh, aromatic, goes well with any salad even including pasta salad. An easy way to give an Asian touch to any dish. I make a jar of it and keep it in the refrigerator all the time for fast meals. You won‘t need any exotic ingredients except for soy sauce and roasted sesame oil which you can get in the local supermarkets.

This recipe yields 300mL dressing. Serves 7-8 people, and will keep well for at least a week.

  • 150mL fresh mandarin juice (about 6 mandarins)
  • Zest of 1 mandarin
  • 50mL lemon juice (1 lemon)
  • 50mL soy sauce (Korean or Japanese)
  • 2 Tablespoon water
  • 1 Tablespoon fluid honey
  • 2-3 cloves garlic, pressed
  • 2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 2 Tablespoon olive oil
  • crushed pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon roasted sesame oil

Steps: Mix all ingredients above in a jar and shake well. The dressing is ready.

Tip: To give a stronger mandarin flavor to your salad, squeeze in juice of fresh mandarin over the salad before serving. It will make your salad more aromatic!

Kale and couscous salad with the mandarin dressing
Kaki salad with the mandarin dressing

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