As we age, our taste in food often changes. As children, we didn’t like spicy foods, but now we love a good five-alarm chili. And while many children turn their noses up at salads, the older we get, the more we appreciate and enjoy foods that are green.
Salads are one of my favorite things. They are fresh and full of healthy ingredients. They are a great way to start a meal, but what I really enjoy are salads that are the meal.
One of my favorites is my Chinese Cabbage Salad. It is smothered in a sweet and tangy dressing, and has wonderful flavors and textures. There are crunchy ramen noodles, almonds and sesame seeds. This salad is simple to make and it can be used as a side dish or as a meal. I will often add chopped chicken (I use one of those roasted chickens from the store) and that makes for a one-dish meal that is sure to please.
Belle’s Chinese Cabbage Salad
- 12-ounce bag shredded cabbage
- 3-ounce bag ramen noodles, crushed (save the spice packet)
- 2 tablespoons sesame seeds
- 3/4 cup slivered almonds
- 1/2 cup green onions, chopped
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 3 tablespoons rice vinegar
- 1/2 cup vegetable oil
- 1 teaspoon pepper
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 packet of seasoning (from the Ramen noodle soup)
In a large bowl, mix together the cabbage, dried noodles, sesame seeds, almonds and green onions. In a separate bowl, whisk together the sugar, vinegar, oil, pepper, salt, and seasoning. Just before serving, pour the dressing over the salad and toss well. For a meal, add 2 cups cooked chicken, chopped or shredded.
Brenda Stanley is the mother of five children, including two sets of twins, and a grandmother of three. She is a cookbook author and novelist. She lives with her veterinarian husband on a small ranch in Blackfoot, Idaho. For more recipes and information, visit www.talesofthedinnerbelle.com.