In honor of my love of
eating cooking, I’ve decided to start a little series on the blog devoted exclusively to all of my favorite sweet treats and good eats. My goal is to post at least one main dish, side dish, and dessert recipe each week to share with all my beloveds in attempt to give you a peek at what we are enjoying that week should you be looking to add anything new to your own menus! I know that I am always looking for new recipes to try and love having a primary source review to warn yay or nay before I cash out for all of the ingredients. I love Pinterest just as much as the next gal, but let’s be honest — sometimes the internet just doesn’t tell the whole truth. . .especially when it comes to food.
First up to share is a popular side dish that my two boys just can’t get enough of. Having passed this recipe around a few times, I know that many friends of mine also have their own version of an Asian Cabbage Salad that they or their families love. I did a little internet investigation and found a great base recipe that almost mirror images the way I start my version of the salad. I think anyone who starts with this particular base will set themselves up well to throw in any additions as they see fit.
In addition to the Napa cabbage, I also throw in shredded red cabbage and carrots. If you’re not in the mood to shred, you can also buy both of these items precut in the produce aisle. To take it one step further, if you’re not in the mood to cut anything, grab a bag of the shredded coleslaw mix and all of your main ingredients have taken care of themselves. Instead of throwing the sliced almonds in the oven to toast, toss them around in a bare skillet on medium heat for a few minutes and you’re all set. I love a good crunch in any salad, so I also crush a package of uncooked Ramen noodles and toast them along with the sliced almonds. Delicious!
For me, the cilantro is the cherry on top of this recipe. If you want to change everything else about the dish and keep just one element — the cilantro is the keeper. It just gives such a fresh feel to the whole shebang.
So there you have it! If ever in the mood for a fresh, Asian-inspired salad that can be served cold OR hot (simply sauté the cabbage prior to dressing), look no further. Should you try the recipe, I’d love your feedback — even if you hated it! 😉 Below I have listed all of the add-ons I’ve mentioned for your reference.
Complete list of add-ons:
– Shredded red cabbage
– Shredded carrots
– 1 package uncooked Ramen noodles (any flavor)
– Sesame Oil
– Sweet Chile Sauce
– Shredded rotisserie chicken