This is an easy kid-friendly recipe that's great for Chinese New Year. Making your own dressing with natural sweeteners like honey helps avoid the high fructose corn syrup found in many commercial salad dressings. Your kids will be introduced to different greens that are more nutrient dense than the usual iceberg lettuce. The nutritious almonds are a crunchy alternative to fried chinese noodles.
Crunchy Chinese Salad (serves 4)
4 cups shredded Napa cabbage (or green cabbage)
1 cup sliced bok choy
1 12 oz can Mandarin oranges (drained)
1/2 cup sliced almonds
1 t Chinese five spice powder
1 T soy sauce
2 T honey
1/8 cup orange juice (with heavy pulp)
3 T sesame oil
1 T rice vinegar
- Place shredded cabbage and bok choy in a large bowl.
- In a small bowl, make the dressing: Combine Chinese five spice powder, soy sauce, honey, orange juice, sesame oil, and rice vinegar. Whisk until oil is mixed in well.
- Pour dressing into salad and toss. Divide salad among four plates and top with mandarin oranges and sliced almonds.