I have a confession to make. One that's going to perhaps change the impression that I'm a decent cook. One that's going to make some cringe. One that may force you to lose all respect for me and delete my blog.
When I'm making dinner ...
And I really need to provide something on the side ...
I use ...
a bagged salad kit.
Let's all take a minute to gasp and judge me. I know, I horrify myself sometimes.
It's not as good as a fresh tossed salad, but it gets some form of a vegetable on my table (which is really a TV tray most nights if we're being so honest). I come from the belief that a side salad should never require more work than the main dish it's accompanying. Seems a good rule to follow.
But, man, some salad recipes can get very complicated, and I don't really care to devote that much energy to lettuce, spinach or any other leafy green for that matter!
So, I was thrilled last week when a friend of mine shared a mandarin orange salad recipe in conversation that was easy enough to remember and easy enough to prepare in the time you can shake up a salad kit.
It's so delicious and fresh, making it the perfect side for a spring supper.
Mandarin Orange Salad
Lettuce of Your Choice (I prefer Romaine)
1 small can of Mandarin Oranges, drained
Chow Mein Noodles (use as much or as little as you like)
- Combine lettuce, mandarin oranges and chow mein noodles.
- Mix equal parts Italian dressing and Caesar dressing together and stir well to combine.
- Pour dressing over salad, toss and enjoy!