Festive Mandarin Pomegranate Salad

Holiday meals call for festive salads. From easy to extravagant, there’s always room for another dish with veggies on the holiday table.

This Festive Mandarin Pomegranate Salad falls slightly to the more extravagant side and combines all the bright fall colors like pomegranate seeds, mandarin oranges,  and bright spinach greens. The best part is, it’s still really easy to throw together (no one needs to know that).

Festive Mandarin Pomegranate Salad

Personally, I like to use Toby’s lite dressings on salads when I’m using a blue cheese or a ranch. The lite dressings are made with yogurt instead of thicker sour cream and buttermilk, so they pour easier and coat the greens better. They’re also half the fat and calories (because of the yogurt swap) so they tend to be a little healthier when you’re dressing up a salad.

The Ranch and Blue Cheese Dressings I prefer for dipping or using as a condiment, but if you like a thicker dressing, you can definitely use the Ranch in place of Lite Ranch in this recipe.

Festive Mandarin Pomegranate Salad

This festive salad for those special holiday meals is easy to make, and combines the bright fall flavors of cranberries, orange, glazed walnuts, and blue cheese. Toby’s adds an elegant touch. And, this Festive Mandarin Pomegranate Salad comes together beautifully.

Festive Mandarin Pomegranate Salad


  • 5 oz baby spinach
  • 2 mandarin oranges
  • 1 medium avocado
  • 1/2 cup pomegranate seeds
  • 1/2 cup walnut pieces
  • Toby’s Lite Ranch


  1. Peel and segment the baby mandarin oranges. Dice the avocado. Combine all ingredients except dressing.
  2. When ready to serve, generously drizzle Toby’s Lite Ranch across the salad to make for a nice presentation!





Sweet Potato Tots

Sweet potatoes offer a little more nutrition than your standard white potato, so we thought we’d try a twist on your regular tater tot. With an abundance of sweet potatoes laying around the kitchen we thought we would get creative and whip up a batch of some homemade Sweet Potato Tots!

Since these are oven-baked Sweet Potato Tots, you’re skimming down on all that extra oil and fat, so you could say they’re better for you, too. And, easier than dealing with all that deep fryer mess and hassle!

Oven Baked Sweet Potato Tots | Recipe from Toby's Family Foods

These tots are easy enough that to make them as an after school snack for your kiddos, prep in advance for game day watch parties, or whenever you’re feeling like some yummy tots! After baking, you could also freeze them in batches and just toss into the oven – cook for slightly longer when reheating.

Sweet Potato Tots with Toby’s Lite Ranch Dressing

These sweet potato tots are an easy snack to throw together and absolutely irresistible when paired with and of Toby’s Ranch flavors (Regular, Lite or Jalapeño). Sometimes all you need is a little ranch & sweet potatoes – especially during game day watch parties!


Oven Baked Sweet Potato Tots - healthier spin on your standard, deep-fried tater tots


  • 2 large sweet potatoes, peeled
  • 1 egg
  • ¼ cup flour
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • ¼ teaspoon paprika
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder


  1. Preheat oven to 425ºF.
  2. Add the peeled sweet potatoes to a large pot of boiling water and cook for 10-15 minutes, until just slightly softened (this makes them easier to grate). Drain and cool until you’re able to handle them.
  3. Grate the cooled sweet potatoes with a cheese grater or in a food processor with the grating blade.
  4. Combine the shredded potato and egg in a medium bowl. Add flour, salt, paprika and garlic powder and stir until just combined.
  5. Form the potato mixture into 1-inch balls and place on a baking sheet.
  6. Bake for approximately 10-15 minutes, turning the tots every 5 minutes to cook evenly.
  7. Remove from oven and let cool. Plate and serve with Toby’s Lite Ranch Dressing or other Toby’s Ranch of choice!