Saturday, January 2, 2010

Oriental Salad and Egg Drop Soup

Since many of you will be starting diets to usher in the year (and you realize I'm not a diet fan, just a fan of EVERYTHING IN MODERATION, I thought I'd repost one of my delicious salad and soup recipes- not necessarily a diet recipe (check out the dressing ingredients)but still a healthier alternative to....let's say Fried chicken smothered in white gravy!

If you have already found yourself on Day Two of a Failed New Year's Resolution, don't give up or be too hard on yourself. Maybe you should try making a resolution you can actually work with like, "I can't give up all fat and sweets, but I will make healthier choices in 2010 like not having them as often, or eating smaller portions, still enjoying everything, but in MODERATION!" How's that? Works for me!

This is a recipe that I started making years ago when I first was introduced to its sweet and sour tastiness at a church social.

My friend Jennifer submitted it in the Southpoint Church of God Cookbook (the pages are falling out because I continually make recipes out of it!) and it quickly became a hit at every potluck . There is usually NONE left to take home and someone is always asking for the recipe.

SO here it is:

1 large Nappa (Chinese) cabbage. (Rinse thoroughly).
1 bunch green onions.
1/2 stick butter
small bag slivered almonds
1 container sesame seeds (yes, the entire container )
2 pkgs. Ramen Noodles


1 cup oil
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup red wine vinegar
2 T. teriyaki sauce
dash of garlic salt

Chop Nappa and green onions. Combine in large salad bowl. On stove, melt butter and add noodles, sesame seeds and almonds. Brown till golden.

Mix all dressing ingredients together then shake vigorously. Pour over greens. Add browned mixture evenly over salad. Serve immediately.

*I served this for supper with pork egg rolls (from the freezer sections) and a quick easy egg drop soup recipe.

Egg Drop Soup

5 cups chicken broth (no fat)
2 T. lemon juice
1 whole egg, whisked
slices of green onion

Bring liquids to a boil. Add egg stirring vigorously. Heat until egg is cooked, about 1 minute. Add the onions to the soup bowl, then add the soup.



  1. I agree with you. moderation and eat sensibly. I have a version of this recipe and I LOVE it. The recipe I have has chunks of chicken and variations on the spices. It's one of my favorite salads. I'll try this version too.

  2. Lea, the addition of chicken sounds great! You need to post that version yourself- and link to it here!

  3. I loooooove egg drop soup!! It's the first thing I go for at the Chinese restaurant!

  4. I agree about everything in moderation... I do try to cut fat and calories where I don't think it compromises a recipe...

    Everything looks delicious!

  5. Those church books have the best recipes!!!

  6. This sounds like a most perfect meal to kick off the New Year. I love the simplicity of it. How can u resist.. the dressing sounds fantastic!

  7. I love that salad but have never had the teriyaki sauce in the dressing before. Sounds like an incredible favor addition. I am going to try it. I also am excited to try the soup. I don't like eggs but like egg drop soup...weird I know!! Thanks for posting both recipes.

  8. We love egg drop soup. I am definitely giving that one a try. So perfect for those days when we're not feeling 100% or when we just want want something hot at an odd hour to take away the hunger pangs. Good one!

  9. Looks like a delicious salad and a wonderful meal!

  10. I love this dish, but hadn't thought of doing egg drop soup with it. Great idea!
    Some of my favorite recipes have come from a couple of falling apart church cookbooks that I have. I love them!

  11. The egg drop soup really has me wonderful for this cold, cold weather!

    I really like the ingredients in your salad dressing.

    Happy New Year!

  12. Oh yum, this is another fantastic one I want to make too. Sighh.

  13. I really like these recipes.I was very sick and could not eat.The only thing I could eat was egg drop soup.that help me to get better.I eat it every time I am out..Thank all of yall for posting it on this sight.keep up the good work.