While the quintessential pairing of ripe tomatoes and lush lettuce leaves is certainly enjoyable, a good salad can be so much more. Adding fruits, nuts or other well-chosen ingredients offers a welcome change to this staple. More importantly, incorporating a few more nutritious ingredients is an easy way to serve a more healthful dish.
Then there’s the matter of eating at home or dining out.
Eating out and ordering a salad might not always be the best choice for you. You should always be sure to check the nutritional information before eating a restaurant salad so that you can make the wisest choice possible.
Enjoying salads at home is a great nutritional option because, when you make a salad at home, YOU choose what goes into and on top of your salad.
When it comes to salads, the team at Gourmè Mist™ believes that you don’t have to stop at merely “enjoyable.”
In considering flavor, texture and variety of ingredients, how about “spectacular?”
Grand Prize Winner – Chinese Spring Roll Salad
BetterRecipes.com, the online cookbook from the Better Homes & Gardens media conglomerate, delivers winning recipes from home cooks around the country. The site recently announced the Grand Prize Winner in its annual salad contest –
Roxanne Chan’s “Inside Out Chinese Spring Roll Salad.”
This healthy and colorful dish is the perfect blend of the familiar and the creative. If you love Chinese Spring Rolls, you will savor this unique salad. Roxanne took many of the ingredients you would find wrapped inside a Chinese Spring Roll and used them in the form of a salad.
With cabbage, cucumber, red pepper and baby corn, this salad is a rainbow of color. Black sesame seeds top off the dish with a sophisticated edge.
- 2 oz Bean Thread, mung bean noodles
- 3 cups Shredded Napa Cabbage
- 1 cup Torn Watercress
- 1 Carrot, cut into matchstick thin strips
- 1/2 cup Seedless Cucumber, cut into matchstick thin strips
- 1/2 cup Red Bell Pepper, cut into matchstick thin strips
- 1 Green Onion, minced
- 1 cup Chopped Baby Corn
- 2 Tbsp Snipped Cilantro
- 2 Tbsp Snipped Mint
- 1 Tbsp Sesame Oil
- 2 Tbsp Sweet Chili Sauce
- 2 Tbsp Lime Juice
- 1 tsp Soy Sauce
- 1 tsp Minced Ginger Root
- 1 Large Clove Garlic, crushed
- 1/2 tsp Lime Zest
- Garnish- Black Sesame Seeds
Soak the bean threads in warm water to cover for 10 minutes or till pliable. Drain, then cook in boiling water till the noodles expand and appear glasslike, 1-2 minutes. Drain, rinse with cold water and drain again. Cut into 4-inch lengths. Place in a large bowl along with the rest of the salad ingredients. In a small bowl whisk together the ingredients for the dressing till well combined; toss with the salad to evenly coat. Garnish with sesame seeds.
We at Gourmè Mist™ recommend supplementing the dressing with Olive Oil and Balsamic Vinegar Sprays (less than five calories per serving) to make Roxanne Chan’s “Inside Out Chinese Spring Roll Salad” even more flavorful and distinctive.