Last weekend, I had a huge craving for Asian food. I was a bit stressed and when I'm stressed, I like salty and crispy things. Those two things make me happier. Can you relate? I also wanted something fresh and somewhat healthy, so I found this recipe online and altered it a bit based on what I already had and what I could quickly find in a regular grocery store. I got home from the grocery store and literally threw this together in less than 10 minutes...
My cravings were satisfied. And I smiled when I took my last bite. I felt much better.
Here is what you need and what to do:
For the salad:
3 cups of romaine lettuce (2-3 heads), chopped
3 cups of napa cabbage, chopped
1/2 of a red bell pepper, seeded and sliced
Handful of shredded carrots
Half of a store-bought rotisserie chicken, shredded
1-2 teaspoons of black sesame seeds
1/3 cup of slivered almonds, toasted
2 tablespoons of finely chopped basil (I used Italian basil. Thai basil would work, too.)
1/2 cup of chow mein noodles ( I heart these)
For the dressing:
1/4 cup of peanut or vegetable oil
2 tablespoons of low-sodium soy sauce
2 tablespoons of rice wine vinegar
1/2 teaspoon of sugar
pinch of salt and freshly ground pepper
Prepare all of the ingredients for the salad, put them in a big bowl and toss. Feel free to use more or less of any of the ingredients. Oh and you can toast the almonds by putting them in a small skillet on medium heat. Toss them around and they will toast (i.e. brown) in about 3-4 minutes, so don't go anywhere!
In a small bowl, whisk all of the ingredients for the dressing. You can also put all of the ingredients for the dressing in a jar and shake it up. Pour it on top of the salad and enjoy. I honestly like the dressing on the side....
This is so good and would be great for a weeknight dinner or a spring or summer picnic. Just be sure not to pour the dressing over the salad until you are ready to serve it.
P.S. I ate every crunchy bit of that salad. All.By.Myself.
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