Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Superb Summer Salads

I have been searching for fabulous, new and old, ideas for summer salads... Here is the best of what I found thus far...

1. Top Ramen Noodle Salad  

This salad is so yummy and everyone loves it, adults and children alike!  So good, you must make this for your family tonight! Or even better for a pot luck this weekend!  

The Goods
1/2 Large  Head of Cabbage
1 Bundle Green Onions, Sliced
1 Package Top Ramen Noodles, Chicken Flavored
2 tb Toasted Sesame Seeds
1/2 Cup Toasted/Sliced Almonds
2 tb Sugar
1 ts Salt
1 ts Pepper
3 tb Rice Vinegar
1/2 cup Olive Oil

Here are the directions, seriously, it could not get any easier than this!

Crush the package of Ramen noodles... Combine noodles,chopped cabbage,onions,sesame seeds and almonds into a large bowl.  Separately, combine packet of seasoning for the noodles, salt, pepper, vinegar and oil, to create the dressing!  Pour dressing on top of salad, mix thoroughly and refrigerate... You can also add some grilled chicken or another meat if you so choose, we prefer without...Your done, and this salad is delicious! Enjoy
(I would recommend waiting to eat the majority of the salad the following day, it tastes twice as good...worth the wait!)

2.Orange Scented Cold Peanut Noodles

This is a refreshing salad that you could serve as a side dish or a main dish if you were to add a protien like chicken, shrimp etc... I thought it sounded great, with almost a Thai foundation... Yum!

The Goods
1/2 Cup Creamy Peanut Butter
3 tablespoons Balsamic Vinegar
1/3 Cup Orange Juice
1 Clove Garlic,Pressed
1/4 Cup Soy Sauce or Bragg's Amino Acids
1 tb Toasted Sesame Oil
1 tb Honey
1 tb Ginger,Freshly Grated
1/4 Hot H20
1 Pound Angel Hair Pasta, cooked,drained and rinsed
2 Scallions, thinly sliced (optional)
1 English Cucumber,peeled,seeded, and sliced into long narrow strips, then cut crosswise
2 tb cilantro,coarsely  chopped (optional)

Getting Started
Whisk together the first nine ingredients in a bowl. Add pasta scallions,cucumber and cilantro, and use your fingers to toss and coat the noodles,(great for little kiddie hands!)  Add salt or more vinegar if you would like. Let it sit at room temperature if you are eating it right away, otherwise refrigerate, serve and enjoy!

1 comment:

Jen Wanous said...


You totally just inspired me to create my own blog...I love yours! All because I wanted to share this recipe with you:

Here is what you'll need:

1 large red onion
1/4 c. rice vinegar
1/4 c. Olive Oil
1/2 tsp. Dijon mustard
1 big bag of spinach

optional: Near East Wild Grain rice, one or two packets, cook as directed

To Make:

Cook 1 lbs. bacon

pour off most fat in pan, keep enough to sauté onions

Cut big circle pieces of the onion, saute

over Med. heat, add oil, vinegar and mustard to onions

Cook a minute or two

Pour over the spianch in a big bowl (while the dressing is still hot)

Add crumbled bacon and rice s&p to taste! :)


xo, Jeni