Friday, August 10, 2012
A Summer Salad
Asian Noodle Salad
2 bags ( 10 oz )Italian blend salad greens
2 cups matchstick-cut carrots ( from a 10 oz bag)
2 cans ( 8 oz each) sliced water chestnuts, drained
2 cans (11 oz) mandarin orange segments, drained
2/3 cup sliced green onions ( 7 or 8 sliced)
2 tablespoons sesame seed, toasted if desired*
2 cups chow mein noodles
I add three cooked chicken breasts tore in small pieces. I will stir fry them in soy sauce.
4 Tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 tablespoons rice vinegar
2 teaspoons red pepper sauce ( Tabasco )
2 teaspoons soy sauce
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1. In 13x9 glass baking dish, layer salad green, carrots, water chestnuts, chicken, orange segments and onions. Sprinkle with sesame seeds.
2 In small bowl, ( I just use a measuring cup) mix all dressing ingredients except oil with a wire whisk. Gradually add oil, beating until well blended. Drizzle dressing evenly over salad. Top with Chow mein noodles.
*(To toast sesame seeds, cook in ungreased heavy skillet over medium heat about 2 minutes, stirring frequently until browning begins, then stirring constantly until golden brown.)
There it is easy peasy. It just sounds hard, I have just been keeping the ingredients on hand since it got hot. I of course had to double the recipe to feed lots of people that are here for dinner. Just cut it in half for less people. The dressing is so yummy. My kids will fight over the leftovers. In fact the other night, the kids were going to a church thing and they were going to have pizza there and that night they wanted this first instead of pizza. Then when they got home they finished up what was left.
I always change recipes so here are my changes: I have never used carrots, the chicken is my idea, because no one would eat this without meat. I live in a carnivore household. I have served egg rolls with it and I have watermelon or cantaloupe too. I use what ever salad I have on hand, any kind works just fine.
Okay, here is my recipe for awhile. I wish I had a picture.
Have a very nice weekend,