Salad Winner

To my complete surprise, I was chosen as one of the winners for a salad series over at Momzoo's blog with the following recipe!  Thanks Aimee and I am really looking forward to the prize of handmade soap...can't wait to try it!

Oriental Salad
Dressing Ingredients:

2 tbs sugar
2 tbs soy sauce
3/4 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup red wine vinegar

Mix all ingredients in a cruet or whisk till sugar dissolved.  I prefer the cruet since the dressing does separate and it can be shaken easily with less mess.

Topping Ingredients:

1/4 cup sliced almonds
2 tbs sesame seeds
2 tbs melted butter
1 tbs sugar

Mix above ingredients then spread on a cookie sheet, bake at 350 until lightly brown.  Can also brown in a frying pan on top of the stove.  Watch closely, from experience they burn quite quickly.  Allow to cool then store in an airtight container till just prior to tossing salad.

Salad Base Ingredients:

Romaine Lettuce, I usually buy the organic kind that comes with 3 smallish heads and use 2 of them for the recipe.
1 can (approx. 8 oz) Mandarin oranges, drained
Red onion sliced thinly (desired amount)
1 pkg Ramen noodles crushed

Layer the lettuce in a serving bowl, add oranges, onions, Ramen noodles, and nut topping.  I usually toss these ingredients and serve the dressing on the side.  Enjoy!