Chinese Chicken Salad

Salads. They can be a great way to add nutrition to your diet, but they can also be super boring. (Raw vegetables, again?!) I'm lucky that my husband is pretty easy to please, food-wise. He'll gobble up a salad for dinner any night of the week, as long as it's all decked out with lots of toppings. (Bonus points for homemade croutons.) However, he was a bit unsure of this salad; I think all the cabbage freaked him out! But once he tasted the first bite, he was sold.  

Chinese Chicken Salad combines crisp Napa cabbage with grilled chicken, toasted almonds, crunchy noodles, mandarin oranges, and a sweet Oriental dressing. It is seriously the only salad that I go back for second helpings of. (Even third helpings... although I don't recommend this. Too much cabbage is not always a good thing.) Start by making the dressing - it's really easy. Just some oil, sugar, vinegar, and soy sauce. Boil it on the stove for 1 minute; then, let cool! (I somehow missed a picture of this step... oops!) For the actual salad, here's what you need:   [caption id="attachment_874" align="aligncenter" width="576"] Ramen noodles, mandarin oranges, sliced almonds, Napa cabbage, and green onions.[/caption]   Napa cabbage is a great source of calcium, Vitamin A, & Vitamin C. It's got a pretty mild flavor, and it makes the perfect base for this salad.  

  The toppings are the fun part. Mandarin oranges, toasted almonds, grilled chicken breast, and crushed Ramen noodles. To crush the Ramen noodles, just put them in a zipper bag, and have at it!   [caption id="attachment_876" align="aligncenter" width="360"] I think the only time you will find Ramen noodles in my grocery cart is when I'm making this salad...[/caption]   To assemble the salad, just layer all the ingredients, and pour the dressing over the top!  

  Alternately, if you'd rather assemble the salad to take to a potluck or gathering, you can toss all the ingredients together with the dressing in a large bowl. The leftovers do not keep very well this way, so I usually assemble individual salads.  

Dig in! Sweet, crunchy, and fresh, this salad makes a great quick and easy meal. _____________________________________________________________________________________________________

Chinese Cabbage Salad

Servings/Yield: 6-8 servings
  • Dressing
    • ½ cup vinegar
    • 1 cup sugar
    • cups oil
    • ¼ cup soy sauce
  • Salad
    • 2 packages Ramen noodles, crushed
    • 1 package slivered almonds
    • 2  small or 1 large Napa cabbages
    • 4-6 stalks green onions
    • 1 can mandarin oranges, drained
    • 3-4 grilled chicken breasts, diced
  Method For the dressing, mix vinegar, sugar, oil, and soy sauce in small saucepan. Bring to boil for one minute. Let cool. For the salad, chop Napa cabbage and green onions; toss together in large bowl. Top with Ramen noodles, almonds, mandarin oranges, and chicken. Toss with the dressing. Source: family favorite

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