Thursday, July 14, 2011

Super Easy Oriental Salad

You ladies better forgive me. I'm not much of a chef! This is a salad that I make almost every weekend in the summer because it is easy (NO heating up the house!) and very inexpensive and the kids gobble it up.

Use 3-4 packages of ramen noodles or about one package for every 2 people eating the salad. That always seems to make enough.
Use one can of Geisha or LaChoy oriental veggies in a can (the kind that has sprouts, celery, water chestnuts, baby corn, mushrooms and etc.) add your own veggies if you like. . . peas, basically anything goes!
You will need about a cup of Mayo.

FIRST smash the packages of noodles without opening them. This is especially fun if you put them on the counter and start punching them. Vent your frustration! Yeah!
Put all of the noodles into a large salad bowl and make sure they are smashed up into small pieces.
Add enough cold water to cover the noodles, you can add all the water you want, you will drain it later.
Set the bowl aside and let the noodles soak. You don't have to cook them! In a little while, the noodles will be soft. Drain out the water, add the can of veggies. Add all of the flavor packets, the mayo and a splash of soy sauce. Stir it up and you're done. :)

For variations of this salad, you can add pieces of leftover grilled chicken, or make the shrimp flavored noodles and add shrimp. I haven't tried this with the beef noodles yet because that doesn't sound very good. :) 

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