Butter Leaf, Tangerine and Toasted Walnut Salad with a Citrus Dressing

The tangerines from my backyard tree are so sweet right now I’ve been trying to eat a few every day.  I handed my granddaughter Gracie a small tangerine and what seemed like a second later she had eaten the entire tangerine peel and all.  I was thinking, oh no -but she had a big smile on her face and asked for another one.  The next time I peeled the tangerine before giving  it to her!  That’s my testimony to how sweet these tangerines are right now.  I have the tree in a large pot next to our pool and the big mystery to me is how the tree became loaded with fruit when it gets almost no sun next to our very shady pool!?  Maybe someone can shed some light on that for me.

Last weekend I spent some time trying to figure out how to use GOOGLE PLUS- for me it has become the dreaded Google + as I came to realize that I had more than one account under my name.  I’m not exactly sure how that came to pass but I was determined to sort it out and delete one of them!  Don’t get me wrong-I like the look of all the posts I see on Google+ from the various people I follow- the problem is I don’t really understand how the whole thing works and having more than one account made it even more confusing.  I finally figured out enough to delete the extra account and share a blog post with a big photo-that was traumatic but eventually doable….I really wanted to delete the whole thing but I was afraid that Google would punish me and my little blog for not participating.

Back to my salad-it’s a simple butter leaf salad with standout tangerine flavor.   Try to find the sweetest tangerines possible for this salad-you will be rewarded with both the freshness of the lettuce and  the sweetness from the tangerine segments as well as the creamy citrus dressing in each bite.  A good friend of mine gave me a beautiful bag of fresh shelled walnuts from her orchard and I have enjoyed using  them so much this past month.  So, here again I’m using walnuts in one of my recipes.

Here is a photo of my tangerine tree, fully loaded with the sweetest baby tangerines, doesn’t it look pretty next to the water?  I was slightly worried about it with all the early morning frost we’ve been having the last few days but it seems to be doing fine.  After all the Cookies I made in December and enjoyed-it’s nice to look forward to a small tangerine for a dose of sweetness after a meal.

Butter Leaf, Tangerine and Toasted Walnut Salad with a Citrus Dressing

Yield: 4-6 individual salads

The fresh tangerine segments make this salad, use the sweetest ones available!


  • For the Salad
  • 2 heads Butter Leaf lettuce, washed and dried
  • 4 tangerines, peeled and separated into segments
  • 1 cup walnut halves, toasted
  • For the Citrus Dressing
  • 1/4 cup tangerine juice, from 1 tangerine
  • 1 tablespoon minced shallots
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon walnut oil
  • 2 teaspoons champagne vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh grated ginger
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste


  1. Place the lettuce, tangerine segments and toasted walnuts in a large bowl.
  2. Place all the ingredients for the dressing in the blender and blend on high speed for 30 seconds, the dressing will be light orange and foamy.
  3. Lightly dress the salad right before serving or serve on the side, you may not need the entire amount of dressing.

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  1. Lucky you with a tangerine tree! Dressing sounds sunny and delightful! If only I could get “sunny and delightful” in MY yard instead of just on my plate! :)

  2. Your salad looks delicious and lucky you to have such a producing tangerine tree. What ever you are doing to nurture it, keep doing it.

  3. Ok, officially jealous. Fresh tangerines from your back yard. Nuts from your friend’s orchard. And I am sitting here watching the snow fall :-(

    The tree is beautiful – as is the salad. Stay warm!

  4. What a lucky girl to have a tangerine tree in your yard! I am still crossing my fingers that my little citrus trees will produce fruit.

    This looks like such a crisp and tangy salad.

  5. Patty, this is just gorgeous and looks so delicious and fresh. I’m so jealous that you have citrus tree right in your yard! That’s so foreign, living on the mic East coast. I love all the ingredients in your dressing, I’m sure I will love this one as will my family, thanks!

  6. Oh, wow, she ate the peel, too? It must have been really good! This is my kind of salad but even if I make this exactly the same, it won’t taste as good as yours–I’d have to buy my tangerines. I’m jealous but I’ll make it anyway. The dressing sounds so good!

    I have two G+ accounts, too. My personal email and the blog one. Can I deactivate the one linked to my personal account? I’d like to do that.

  7. How cute is that that she ate the whole thing?? We are loving citrus season!! I have a tree loaded with oranges and I’m loving everything orange… tangerine is a close second, but I don’t have a tree. Loving this salad!

  8. Love this salad and your tangerines look heavenly. I will try to find some sweet tangerines for this recipe, the dressing it looks delish!

  9. Your tangerine tree is so pretty, Patty! This salad is a perfect use for the sweet citrus :).

  10. Patty – you make the best salads!! This one is no exception. Love that you grow these lovely tangerines in your backyard. I am now getting the hang of G+ and it is sort of getting fun. Happy to help you!

  11. How lovely tangerines! I just loved the texture of your salad…it really looks delicious. I am going to try this for sure!!

  12. A very refreshing winter salad, Patty.

  13. I am totally jealous of your tree! This salad looks just wonderful.

  14. Absolutely lovely, refreshing salad, Patty! How lucky you are to have such a beautiful tree! The benefits of California living…so jealous!

  15. Fruit is always a lovely addition to salads. This one hits all the right notes!

  16. First of all, I am so jealous of your beautiful tangerine tree! I wish I had a garden…and the beautiful California winter! Yummm…eating fresh salad in the winter…I’m green with envy right now. LOL.

  17. Okay, when you become a pro at G+ can you teach me. She ate the peel, how cute, I bet yours were good. I had some from the store and they were good, but I’m sure yours were better. I’m loving the citrus right now. Hope you are having a great week my dear.

  18. We’re freezing and you’re picking tangerines! Why oh why did my forebears have to settle in Wisconsin? :) What a treasure to have such sweet fruit of your own to pick. I absolutely love winter salads with citrus!

  19. I really want to live in a climate where I can have citrus trees!!! Delicious salad!

  20. Oh gosh your little granddaughter ate the whole tangerine peel and all?! So cute! Is she JD’s sister? This salad looks so delicious and refreshing Patty! We seem to be buying up all the bags of Clementines we see, may be I will try adding some to my salad :)

  21. What a stunning salad! And with tangerines from your yard? Color me envious!!!! Cute story about Gracie…that’s a great endorsement :)

  22. Beautiful salad! Tangerines are wonderful! It’s great that you found another use for them- aside from inhaling 3 at a time. :D

  23. You have tangerines in your backyard? I’d be living under your tree! That’s so nice! Do you get more than enough that you have to share with others, or you get it just enough? I definitely want to live next door! :D Every grocery shop I have to buy one bag because my family (and I) eat so much. I’m definitely attracted to your salad! YUM! And Google plus? Sigh. I’m not very good at it and I have to say I’m not doing a great job. :(

    • pattysfood says:

      Hi Nami! My tangerine tree is loaded so I have been sharing … Lisa offered to help me with Google Plus ..so, there is help out there ;-)

  24. I am still trying to make my way through G+, but I am liking it :) Almost as much as this gorgeous salad, and I just love the dressing!

  25. you have a tangerine tree? are there any houses on your street for sale? I love these small citrus fruit and having a tree to pick them fresh sounds like a dream come true. You’re so lucky Patty

  26. Another lovely salad that looks totally scrumptious!! I would love to have citrus trees growing in my backyard…how lucky are you?

  27. Gorgeous picture and beautiful salad recipe. I’ve got some super sweet tangerines from my In-Law’s garden as well. They are so good. I’m going to make this salad tomorrow. :) So good that you have a tree at your backyard. I wish I’ve got one too.

  28. Your salad looks so beautiful and it looks like a simple recipe. The tangerines are so sweet right now and your tree is doing wonderfully with all these frosty mornings we have been having. There is just nothing like plucking a piece of fruit from your own tree.

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