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Sufficient romaine or other lettuce for the number of people to be served.
2 heads of romaine serves roughly 6 people. Cut lettuce into thin strips
for a buffet or larger leaves if you are sitting down for a meal.
3-4 green (spring) onions, trimmed and scissored into thin pieces
(optional if you don't like onions, or even use red onions.)
½ cup coarsely chopped almonds, toasted in 350° oven for 10-20 minutes until
light golden brown. Or substitute chopped peanuts or cashews but this will
add to salt content.
1 packet chicken flavor ramen noodles (or equivalent) crumbled and toasted.
Retain chicken seasoning packet. Just take the raw noodles from the pack,
crumble and bake in a 350° oven for 10 - 20 minutes until light golden brown.
If you smell them cooking, they could be burning. They should not be cooked
in any other way. Store in a plastic bag or container.
2 tbsp wine vinegar
2 tbsp sugar
1 chicken seasoning packet dissolved in 1 tsp water
½ cup roasted peanut oil. Ordinary oil makes a very bland dressing.
If you are allergic to peanuts use 6 tbsp olive oil and 2 tbsp roasted
sesame oil. It must be roasted nut oil which is dark colored. Light
colored nut oils tend to be virtually tasteless.
½ red pepper, thinly sliced and then diced
chopped cilantro - optional
Hot pepper sauce or pepper flakes - optional
1. Mix sugar, wine vinegar and seasoning packet together until sugar dissolves.
2. Add oil and shake well.
3. For a bowl to be served at a party, mix together lettuce, onions, nuts,
noodles, red pepper and cilantro. Toss with dressing
4. For individual servings, place lettuce in wide, shallow cereal or soup bowl.
Top with circles of onions, peppers, nuts, noodles and cilantro for a
decorative effect. Drizzle with dressing.
Note that peanut oil is just as dangerous for people with peanut allergies
as whole peanuts so clearly mark the salad as containing peanut oil if you
take it to a large gathering.
Try roasted sunflower seeds, sesame seeds or pumpkin seeds for crunch.
Instead of ramen noodles that need toasting, use chow mein noodles that you buy
ready prepared or how about small croutons from the salad section for crunch.
My son likes ramen noodles cooked in water as a quick snack so I tend to keep
some of the left over flavoring packets so that I have the seasoning packet
for this salad when I want to make it.
This dressing and toppings can also be added to coleslaw and the coleslaw
Oonagh Williams, proprietor of Royal Temptations, has a Culinary Arts degree,
offers catering from 6-60 people,
teaches a variety of classes in International Cooking, and makes regular
appearances on WMUR ABC Channel 9's
Cooks' Corner. You can contact Oonagh at 603-424-6412.