Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Chinese Cabbage Salad

For a couple years now, we've had the tradition of almost every Sunday we grill hamburgers for lunch/dinner (I only cook one meal on Sunday. :) )  It started while my parents were on their mission in Africa and just mentioned once that they did this, cooked hamburgers for lunch every Sunday.  So to feel like we were connected to them, I started doing the same thing.  Plus, I love not having to slave over a big "Sunday Dinner" and decided to keep things nice and simple.  We don't do it EVERY week, I do still cook other things, too, but my kids are so disappointed when I do.  So, the majority of the time, Summer, Winter or any time in between, it doesn't really matter, we'll be out grilling.  However, we're running a little low on the hamburger in the freezer, that's a different story, and I'm trying to make what's left last for the rest of the summer at least.  So now I've added hot dogs to the Sunday dinner rotation.  The kids still think it's awesome to have a cookout each Sunday, hot dogs are even easier than hamburgers so I'm happy, and we usually cook some brats, so Bill doesn't mind either.  So as I was waiting for Bill to get home on Sunday, I decided to throw together a salad to go with it. I made Chinese Cabbage Salad and it was the perfect addition. I forget how good this salad is!  Now I'm NOT a fan of cabbage, but I've found that this is delicious with napa cabbage.

Chinese Cabbage Salad
In a large bowl combine:
1 head cabbage, chopped (I like napa cabbage, use 2 heads of napa)
1 bunch green onions, chopped
2 c. cubed chicken
2 pkg. chicken or oriental ramen noodles, crumbled and toasted in oven with 1/4 c. slivered almonds

1/2 c. oil
2 Tbsp. sugar
3 Tbsp vinegar
1/2 tsp. pepper
2-3 Tbsp. soy sauce or the packet of soup flavoring (I usually do 1 1/2 Tbsp soy sauce AND the seasoning packet.
Some versions say to let it refrigerate for a while, but the noodles will soak up some of the sauce and get soft. I like my noodles crunchy, so I don't let it sit for long, if at all, before I eat it.

I only made a half batch on Sunday because I knew it would be pretty much just Bill and I eating it, and when I went to eat some again later, Bill had eaten the whole bowl. It's that good!

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Leslie said...

Is this Mom's receipie or Kristen's? Either way, I LOVE this salad. Your Sunday cooking plans sound awesome. I should break out of my "breakfast for dinner" mode on Sundays.

Kimberly T. said...

It's Mom's recipe that I actually got from Heather Lamph. It's just a little different from Kristen's.

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