I am always looking for new salad dressing recipes for when we have salad week. We usually have salad week if we have over-indulged the week before or if we have eaten out too many meals while traveling. This copycat TGI Friday’s Mandarin orange sesame dressing is so good! I like that it has chopped Mandarin oranges for texture. I also added Mandarin oranges to the salad to tie it all together. The orange marmalade and the honey balance out the sesame oil. Sesame oil is such a strong flavor so you can use a little less if preferred, but I love the taste of it.
This copycat TGI Fridays Mandarin orange sesame dressing is one of the best homemade dressings that we have made! This dressing would be good as a dipping sauce for chicken nuggets. It would also be great as a sauce for crudités.
I find myself using these little cups more and more for my salad dressings. Normally I use them for dipping my chicken nuggets, wings, or chicken tenders. But they’re also great for salad dressings. As a bonus, they help me control my serving amount, which is needed around salad dressings like this one.
Copycat TGI Friday’s Mandarin Orange Sesame Dressing
- ⅓ cup orange marmalade
- ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
- ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
- ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
- ¼ cup white vinegar
- ⅔ cup vegetable oil
- 2 tablespoons soy sauce
- 3 tablespoons sesame oil
- 2 tablespoons honey
- ¼ cup mandarin orange sections chopped
- Place everything except for the mandarin into a blender or food processor and blend until smooth, about 30 seconds.
- Transfer to a resealable container. Add the oranges, cover and refrigerate until ready to use.
Nutritional values are approximate.