Grandma MaryJane makes this Green Salad with Mandarins and Pomegranate Seeds every year for Thanksgiving and It is one of my all-time favorite recipes.  I’ve lightened it up a bit since the Thanksgiving meal is such a heavy one, but the results are still a fruity, flavor-popping salad.  The most important ingredient is the pomegranate seeds, which are such a seasonal delight.



  • 2 heads romaine lettuce (washed, dried, and torn into bite-sized pieces)
  • 4 seedless mandarin oranges (peeled and sectioned)
  • 1/2 cup onion (peeled, quartered, and thinly sliced)
  • Pomegranate seeds from 1 pomegranate
  • 1/2 cup roasted, slivered, unsalted almonds
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons fresh mandarin orange juice
  • 2 teaspoons rice wine vinegar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon granulated sugar


  Combine all salad ingredients in a large salad bowl. Set aside and prepare dressing.
  Combine olive oil, orange juice, vinegar and sugar and whisk until completely combined. This dressing is not a thick dressing, and will appear slightly more runny than a typical dressing
  Toss salad with dressing, just before serving, or serve salad with dressing on the side.


Stay-at-home mom, Serena Thompson, dreamed of creating a fun and happy little event to sell her vintage and handmade goods. In 2002, she and some friends held the first event in her neighbor’s barn. The sale became wildly popular and began attracting visitors from across the country and recognition in national magazines. Today the event fills the Spokane County Fairgrounds and features hundreds of creatively and carefully curated spaces filled with vintage and handmade goods. Many describe it as a bucket list event, magical, inspirational, and the best vintage & handmade fair in the country. Serena describes it as the happiest on earth.