Saturday, December 26, 2009

Oriental Salad with a twist!

This one was an experiment my husband and I came up with a couple weeks ago, and it turned out great! We wanted pot stickers for dinner, but also felt we needed some vegetables in our meal, so it became a salad. We have since experimented again with the recipe and decided what we liked in the salad and what didn't work so well. You can try what ingredients you like, and change it if you want, this is just what worked for us. Oh, and you can substitute the pot stickers for chicken or beef too, we just thought they were tasty and fancy.

Asian Pot Sticker Salad

1 head romaine lettuce
1 head napa cabbage
2 scallions, or green onions
2 carrots, grated
1/4 c finely chopped celery
1 pkg dry ramen noodles, seasoning pkg removed
12 potstickers of your choice (we use chicken, but whatever you like)

Asian dressing

1/4 c soy sauce
1/2 c olive oil
1 tbsp honey
1 tsp honey mustard
1/2 tsp ground ginger
2 drops of sesame oil
1/4 c white or rice wine vinegar

Whisk together all ingredients for dressing, then stream in oil as you whisk. Set aside. (You can make this ahead and keep it in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.)

Cut head of lettuce into 1/2 inch slices, then place in bowl. Add sliced cabbage, celery, carrots, and scallions, toss together. Cook Potstickers according to pkg directions. Right before serving, break up ramen noodles and toss into salad, then add dressing and toss again. Serve salad with 3 potstickers on top of each salad serving. Makes approximately 4 servings.

One of these days it should be noted that I intend to get a real Chinese recipe for dumplings, but making them from scratch is kind of involved so I'm content buying them for now.

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