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Mixed Greens and Mandarin Orange Salad with Candied Nuts

Mixed Greens with Mandarin Oranges, Candied Nuts and Parsley Vinaigrette // Karista's Kitchen

Every new year I choose a “word” for the year.  It’s a word to reflect on and possibly keep me on track or aspire to.

Last year I chose two words. I couldn’t decide.  My husband would tell you the word “Decisive” should have been thrown into the collection.  (I’d like to believe “indecisive” just means that I think creatively.  My husband loved that explanation.)

However, I felt in some way, both words I chose reflected my thankfulness for friends and family and reminded me how much I value the people in my life.  Connect and Listen.  That last one is a toughie.  And I bet you’re asking yourself “how’d that workout for you Karista?”  Let’s just say I felt fairly successful at staying connected.   “Listen” is a forever word.  For me, a word that will be a continuous work in progress.  I hope to master it someday.  Not just listening to others, but listening to myself.  Sometimes we know best, we just don’t listen.


Mixed Greens with Mandarin Oranges, Candied Nuts and Parsley Vinaigrette// Karista's Kitchen

This year I chose the word “Nourish”.  It’s the very foundation of this blog. It’s why I made the decision to go to culinary school 15 years ago; it’s why I decided to change career paths; it’s why I decided I wanted to teach home chefs the secrets to cooking well at home. It’s why I decided to share with you my most loved recipes. Recipes that are creative, sometimes playful, achievable and always delicious. Recipes that bring me joy – putting a smile on my face and on my taste buds.

Nourish is also the word that reminds me to support and encourage, to cherish and strengthen – Not only my family and friends but myself as well.

The new year is about nourishing my mind with new ideas, creativity, new books to read and new techniques to master.

The new year is about nourishing my body with whole foods, supporting local agriculture and yes, more exercise with more time spent outdoors.

The new year is also about nourishing my soul – with more quiet time, more time with friends and family, more time spent listening.  Ah… we’re back to that word again.

In this busy world of ours it’s so easy to forget to nourish ourselves.  Despite what our busy minds tell us, it’s not a selfish act; it’s an act of love for those around us. If we’re nourished and feeling happy and healthy, we’re better able to care for those we cherish.

I realize it’s easy to say that now while I’m sitting here at my computer – first day back from a refreshing winter break.  I know it will be much harder to achieve when the work deadlines are looming and the family is pacing in front of my office door because they’re hungry and in need of dinner.  But I vow to nourish myself so that I can support and cherish others.  Including you!

This is going to be one DELICIOUS year.  I’m excited about all the new recipes, classic recipes revised and revisited, recipes to make your dinner hour easier and recipes that will nourish, enlighten and delight!

Delicious Wishes and Loads of Love,


This is a refreshing salad with the most delicious combination of flavors.  Don’t let the simplicity fool you! For a quick meal, I pair this salad with grilled or pan seared shrimp, scallops, salmon or chicken.

A dear friend made this salad for me years ago.  She’s no longer with us in person, but she will always be with me in spirit.  Thanks C!

Mixed Greens and Mandarin Orange Salad with Candied Nuts
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Serving Size: 2-3

Mixed Greens and Mandarin Orange Salad with Candied Nuts


  • 4-5 cups of your favorite washed greens. I like a mix of seasonal greens.
  • 1/3 cup assorted chopped nuts (pistachios, hazelnuts, walnuts, almonds, whatever you like)
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • one sheet of wax paper or aluminum foil
  • 1 cup mandarin orange slices, or more to taste
  • 1/4 cup sliced scallions/green onions (I like about 1/3 cup. I love green onions and they are excellent for gut health)
    For the vinaigrette
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh Italian parsley
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. Place the greens in a bowl. Reserve.
  2. If you don't have wax paper, grease aluminum foil or parchment paper with oil. Heat a small skillet over medium heat and add the sugar to the skillet. Just when the sugar begins to turn into liquid, add the nuts and quickly stir. Take the pan off the heat and pour the candied nuts in a single layer onto the greased foil or parchment or the wax paper. Let them cool and then break into small pieces.
  3. Next, in a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, apple cider vinegar, honey and Italian parsley. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  4. Toss the greens with the vinaigrette and then transfer to a salad bowl or platter, or individual plates. Top the greens with the sliced scallions/green onions, mandarin oranges and garnish with candied nuts. Serve immediately.
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  • Reply
    January 5, 2015 at 2:55 pm

    Nourish is a lovely word, and I appreciate how you help nourish so many! Thanks, Karista!

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      January 5, 2015 at 5:15 pm

      Awww.. thanks Kim. I love that word too. And I love sharing nourishing recipes with you 🙂 Happy New Year!

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    Alyssa (Everyday Maven)
    January 5, 2015 at 5:30 pm

    Nourish is a great word and I really like this tradition!

    • Reply
      January 5, 2015 at 6:34 pm

      Thanks Alyssa. Craig and I started this tradition years ago. Kind of a competition to see who’s got the better word. Lol! Wishing you well and can’t wait to see the new beautiful boy. 🙂

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    January 5, 2015 at 7:32 pm

    Karista – what a beautiful post and sentiment for the new year. Everything about your blog and writing fits with the word Nourish, and I love how thoughtfully this fits with your goals for the coming year – I definitely see some takeaways for me here. Lovely, as always. Happy New Year sweet friend!

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      January 6, 2015 at 7:39 am

      Thank you Jess! I had a few other words in mind but Nourish just seemed to be where my mind and heart are swimming this year. Wishing you a glorious new year with your darling Molly and Clara! What baby dolls! I absolutely love reading about them and watching them grow. xo

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    January 6, 2015 at 2:51 am

    Green, light, healthy and flavoursome – perfect after a few weeks of excess. Probably exactly what I need to be honest. Gorgeous, Karista.

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      January 6, 2015 at 7:40 am

      It is definitely a refreshing salad and the flavors are exciting so it keeps the taste buds happy. Especially after all the indulgent holiday food! Wishing you the happiest of new years Nick!

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    January 6, 2015 at 10:08 am

    So lovely, fresh and colorful! Great beginning to the year with this salad:)

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      January 7, 2015 at 9:08 am

      Thank you Ksenia! One of my fave salads, so refreshing, Feels like summer on a plate. 🙂

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    Bam's Kitchen
    January 7, 2015 at 6:35 am

    Well written and beautiful post. I believe that nourish is the perfect word for 2015 and love the recipe to jump start the year with a healthy and refreshing salad.

    • Reply
      January 11, 2015 at 9:42 pm

      Thanks BAM! My daughter and I compared notes tonight on who stuck most to their word for the year. Lol! She’s 16 but already doing such a great job at taking care of herself.

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    cecilia buyswheeler gunther
    January 11, 2015 at 5:35 pm

    Nourish. What a wonderful word. And what a gorgeous colourful salad.. great for this time of year.. Take care.. c

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      January 11, 2015 at 9:45 pm

      Thanks Celi! I do love that word and I’m determined to stick with it! Love reading about the farmy. I’m in love with the little piggies.

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