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Mandarin Salad

Perfect for spring!  

1/2 cup sliced almonds
3 Tbsp. sugar
Bagged lettuce mix--I like some with romaine and the butter leaf lettuce
1 cup chopped celery
2 whole green onions, chopped
1 can mandarin oranges, drained
sliced strawberries
1/8 cup chopped cilantro

1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 cup vegetable oil
2 Tbsp. sugar
2 Tbsp. vinegar
dash of tabasco

caramelize almonds by mixing with sugar in a skillet until sugar in melted onto almonds.  mix all the salad ingredients together.  Toss with almonds and dressing just before serving.