Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Spring Roll Salad

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Working full time again has made it hard for me to keep up with my blogs!!  I feel so behind...but teaching again has really kept me busy and here in Saudi, that's such a good thing.  I must admit, I am amazed at how difficult it is to be a mom, wife and full time teacher.  Talk about trying to find balance in your life!  I'm so thankful I have a husband who is supportive and helps out...a lot.  
Of course, it's also taken a toll on my cooking style.  Thankfully, another lady who recently moved sold me her crock-pot.  What a lifesaver!!! (they don't exist here in me, I've looked and looked!)  I've been scouring the web for amazing slow cooker recipes. 
In the meantime, I will try and get caught up with past recipes that I've been making.  

Another fab find from Pinterest.  It's my go-to cookbook now.  :)  
This was a great salad.  I made it to take to a pot luck and there wasn't nothing left at the end.  (which made me kind of sad because I was hoping for leftovers)
I had to alter the recipe based on what I could actually find here, but the end result was still delish.  

By the way....what's your favorite slow cooker recipe?


1pkg  Rice Noodles
3 cups Shredded Nappa Cabbage
1 carrot, cut to matchstick strips
1 cucumber, quartered and cut into slices
1 red bell pepper, cut into this strips
1 green onion, minced
1 can baby corn, sliced
2 Tbsp. chopped cilantro
2 Tbsp. chopped mint (use less if you're not a fan of mint)

1 Tbsp. Sesame oil
2 Tbsp. Sweet chili sauce
2 Tbsp. lime juice
1 tsp light soy sauce
1 tsp minced ginger
1 clove of garlic, minced
1/2 tsp lime zest
optional: black sesame seeds
*water chestnuts, bean sprouts, and bamboo strips would be great in this too!  Add some tiny shrimp twist!

Cook the rice noodles according to package directions.  Then cut into 4 inch lengths.
Place noodles in a large bowl and add the rest of the salad ingredients.
In a small bowl, whisk together all the ingredients for the dressing till combined.  Toss the salad with the dressing.  (or serve on the side and let people dress their own salad)

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