If you’re in the mood for something sweet, juicy, and delicious, look no further than these amazing mandarin recipes.
Mandarin oranges are a tropical citrus fruit, smaller and sweeter than the typical orange.
Easy to peel and bursting with bright flavor, they’re a great addition to all sorts of meals and snacks.
Have them for breakfast in a healthy smoothie or mandarin orange pancakes.
Eat them for lunch in a blueberry mandarin broccoli salad or a tasty mandarin and prosciutto bruschetta.
Get your orange on at dinner with a fun and flavorful spinach and mandarin pizza.
There’s so much you can do with this tiny citrus fruit!
And, of course, there are even more options for dessert. Check out mandarin crinkle cookies or orange cupcakes for make-ahead treats.
Cooking for a crowd? Bake up a beautifully moist mandarin cake with pineapple frosting or serve them sundaes with creamy orange fluff salad.
With 20 mandarin orange recipes to choose from on this luscious list, there’s plenty of delicious ways to get fruity.
So what are you waiting for? Go buy a bag today and get cooking!
1. Mandarin Breakfast Smoothie
Get your morning off to a great start with this super healthy and super tasty smoothie.
It’s brimming with nutritious ingredients – mandarins, yogurt, bananas, flaxseeds – for a breakfast that’ll get you jumping out of bed.
Thick, creamy, and full of vitamin C, it’ll give you enough energy to make it to lunch.
If you’re dairy-free, feel free to use your favorite nut milk and swap out the yogurt for a dairy-free brand.
2. Mandarin Orange Salsa
Traditional salsa is fine, but if you really want to upgrade your dip try this fruity version.
It’s a fun and zesty take on the classic, with juicy mandarins bringing the sweetness and chopped jalapenos adding the spice.
Add in fresh cilantro, chopped ginger, and lime juice, and you’ll have a dip to die for.
You can smear it on tortilla chips, spoon over meats, or mix it into a burrito bowl.
3. Spinach Mandarin Orange Pizza
If you’re the kind of person who likes their pizza savory and sweet, you’ll have to try this unique treat.
Pepperoni, mandarin oranges, leafy spinach, and cream cheese are all layered onto a crispy pizza crust.
And there’s extra orangey goodness thanks to a generous dollop of marmalade in the mix.
Serve this fresh and fruity pizza as a colorful appetizer or save it for brunch, as any leftovers can be eaten straight from the fridge at midnight.
4. Coconut Mandarin Parfaits
Parfaits are a great way to fancy up your feasts, without doing much work.
It’ll take just minutes to prep these individual desserts.
They’re a creamy, dreamy blend of layered coconut cream, shredded coconut, mandarin slices, and whipped cream.
Kids, adults, and everyone in between will love these luxurious sundaes.
5. Mandarin Orange Salad
Bright and vibrant, this fresh salad is the perfect summer lunch.
It’s made with lots of leafy greens, toasted almonds, and sweet segments of mandarin.
But the real magic is in the zesty homemade dressing.
It’s a tangy blend of tabasco sauce, pepper, and a hint of sugar that delivers the perfect finishing touch.
6. Mandarin Orange Pancakes
Quick, easy, and very delicious, these fluffy pancakes are perfect for hungry mornings.
You’ll use a pancake mix for this hassle-free recipe.
Pour the batter into a hot pan, scatter with a layer of oranges, flip, and cook for another minute until perfectly golden brown.
The few minutes of heat transforms the mandarins into a sticky, warm jelly, giving you airy pancakes filled with a layer of gooey orange goodness.
7. Blueberry Mandarin Broccoli Salad
Dairy-free, gluten-free, and vegan, this salad hits the sweet spot between healthy and tasty.
And it is a sweet spot. Packed with nutritious blueberries and oranges, the fresh sweetness of the fruit is the perfect way to get your greens.
If that’s not enough berry goodness for you, don’t despair.
The whole thing is finished with a generous drizzle of homemade blueberry balsamic vinaigrette.
8. Mandarin Orange Cream Popsicles
Beat the summer heat (or the winter blues!) with these creamy popsicles.
They’re perfect for kids and much healthier than the store-bought kind, which are often loaded with sugar and other nasties.
This recipe is all about nutrition with vitamin C-packed oranges and protein-rich Greek yogurt.
Want a little something extra? Add some granola for a crunchy bite.
9. Mandarin Prosciutto Bruschetta
Salty prosciutto is a natural fit for fruit, with the fresh sweetness bringing out its savory flavor.
The irresistible combo of mandarin oranges and Italian ham works beautifully here, piled on top of crusty bruschetta.
A touch of shallot chutney adds a tangy final note, making the whole dish sing.
10. Mandarin Orange Chicken Salad
Inspired by the legendary Chinese chicken salad from The Cheesecake Factory, this gorgeous recipe deserves its own spot in the cooking hall of fame.
This hearty salad features lots of crisp iceberg lettuce, red cabbage, carrot, almonds, shredded chicken, and mandarins.
All coated in an aromatic dressing made with honey, soy sauce, hoisin, and ginger.
It’s sweet, savory, crunchy, and full of delicious tastes and textures.
It also looks amazing too, with so much color, you’ll feel like you’re eating a rainbow.
11. Fruit Salad
I used to think fruit salads were a boring, cheat dessert. But I was so very wrong.
There’s a lot you can do with this classic summer salad, from choosing your favorite fruits to picking the perfect sauce.
This recipe goes all-in with a colorful medley of fruits nestled in a rich peach pie dressing.
Yes, you read that right. This is where fruit salad and peach pie meet, and they both live happily ever after.
12. Mandarin Orange Muffins with Greek Yogurt
Moist mandarin muffins. Try saying that three times over.
This recipe is more than a tongue-twister, it’s a tastebud tingler!
Made with a citrus-scented batter and creamy yogurt, these muffins literally melt in the mouth.
They’re topped with a light glaze and a sprinkling of orange peel, making them pleasing to the eye as well as the belly.
13. Mandarin Orange Scones
I love making these scones during the holidays.
Christmas is the season of giving after all, and who wouldn’t love the gift of moist and delicious baked goods?!
Especially these baked goods. Mandarin juice and zest go right into the batter, giving the scones a burst of bright flavor in every bite.
14. Orange and Avocado Salad
The next time you’re making a Mexican meal, consider serving this salad as a side.
It’s a mouth-watering mix of creamy avocado, juicy orange, and sharp red onion, all tossed in a vibrant citrus dressing.
This light salad is a team player. It won’t overshadow your mains or crowd out a platter, but it will keep your dining companions coming back for more.
15. Fruit Pizza
Have kids? Make fruit pizza!
Little eaters love the fun and funky presentation of this creative dish. While parents will love the nutritious ingredients.
The pizza base is a sugar cookie crust.
It’s topped with a dreamy layer of cream cheese and then piled high with mandarin oranges, kiwi, strawberries, and raspberries.
You can use any type of fruit in this versatile treat, so don’t be afraid to mix things up.
Make a tropical version with pineapple and papaya or keep it simple with bananas and berries.
16. Mandarin Orange Crinkle Cookies
Crinkle cookies are exactly as they sound – thick cookies with a crinkled top and crumbly texture.
This version uses mandarin zest and juice to load them up with sweet citrus flavor.
And with just 5 minutes of prep and 12 minutes in the oven, they might just be the fastest treat out there.
If your house is anything like mine, they won’t just cook quickly, they’ll disappear quickly, too!
17. Mandarin Orange Cupcakes
Get your vitamin C in cupcake form with this amazing recipe.
These fun cupcakes feature an insanely moist mandarin sponge topped with mandarin-infused whipped cream.
This is definitely one for orange fans and citrus lovers!
18. Orange Fluff Salad
This may be called a salad, but it’s about as far as you can get from a bowl of greens.
An airy pudding made from mandarins, jello, marshmallows, and Cool Whip, this is a decadent dish for true dessert fans.
19. Chocolate Dipped Mandarin Slices
Simple but elegant, these fruit slices are a great way to round off a big meal.
Not everyone wants cake after a big dinner, and that’s when this recipe has its moment in the spotlight.
Juicy mandarin segments are dipped into dark chocolate, sprinkled with chopped pistachios, and left to chill.
The result is an enticing snack that tastes like candy but is so much healthier than anything you’ll buy at the store.
20. Mandarin Orange Cake with Pineapple Frosting
This fluffy cake is a melt-in-your-mouth treat. It’s perfect for your next party and is really easy to make thanks to a quick shortcut.
Use a boxed cake mix and a can of mandarin oranges for this recipe to keep things fuss-free.
Save your cooking energy for the creamy pineapple frosting, which is the real MVP of this recipe.
This heavenly frosting is made with crushed pineapple, vanilla pudding, and Cool Whip.
Piled on top of the moist citrus crumb, it turns this cake from a delicious treat to an impressive dinner party dessert.
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