Mandarin Orange Sesame Salad

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Salads are such a simple way to get in nutrients throughout the day, however, bland and boring salads are nothing to get excited about. This refreshing and flavorful salad is perfect for any spring day! Packed with plant-based protein, juicy Limoneira mandarins and a homemade dressing, it’s delicious!

We love making dressings at home instead of store-bought because this ensures we know exactly what ingredients are being used. Many store-bought dressings are filled with processed ingredients, artificial colors and flavors and added sugar. With just a few simple ingredients you probably already have in your fridge and pantry, you can make an amazing dressing to be used in your sesame salad all week long!

White bowl with sesame salad topped with mandarin oranges.

Health Benefits of Salad Ingredients

Purple Cabbage

Purple cabbage may help with the prevention of heart disease due to its antioxidant called anthocyanins. Anthocyanin are what also give cabbage it’s beautiful purple color. Cabbage also contains prebiotic fiber, which help feed your good gut bacteria! This is essential for overall gut health and may help with improving digestion.


This incredible root veggie is packed with vitamins and minerals such as beta-carotene, biotin, vitamin K, potassium and vitamin B6. Beta-carotene is converted to vitamin A in the body. This supports eye health, vision and reduces the risk of eye disease.


Cilantro is such an amazing herb to add into your routine! One of my favorite health benefits of cilantro is that it supports your liver, which is one of your natural detox organs! It also supports gut health, which is essential for digestion and immunity!

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Mandarin Orange Sesame Salad

Print Recipe


  • 1 cup shredded purple cabbage
  • 2 cups shredded green cabbage
  • 3 cups chopped romaine
  • 1 cup shredded carrots
  • 2 Limoneira mandarin oranges
  • ½ cup sliced almonds
  • ½ cup chopped cilantro
  • ¼ cup chopped green onion tops
  • 1 tablespoon black sesame seeds

Dressing Ingredients

  • 1 Limoneira mandarin orange
  • ½ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon ginger powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt


  • To make the dressing, juice your orange. Add the juice and the rest of the ingredients into a large bowl or glass jar and whisk to combine.
  • To make the salad, add all the salad ingredients into a large bowl and toss to combine.
  • Add desired amount of dressing and enjoy!
Author: Healthy Grocery Girl

If you love this recipe, see below for more delicious salad recipes! As always all Healthy Grocery Girl recipes are gluten-free, dairy-free and predominantly plant-based.

Avocado Ranch Taco Salad 

Orange Chickpea Salad Bites

Super Crunch Salad

Two white bowls with sesame salad topped with mandarins on striped napkin.

This video was created for the Limoneira YouTube Channel! Megan Roosevelt, RDN is the Spokesperson for Limoneira. To see all our tips & videos makes sure to visit & subscribe to the Limoneira YouTube Channel! 

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