Asian Salad with Won Ton Wraps

My thithter Thelia, as I used to call her when I had a lithp, introduced me to the exotic Won Ton wraps with this salad more than 30 years ago. Cecelia is #4 – the fourth of eight girls in our family. I was/am #3, so we grew up in fierce competition. But I don’t remember what we were competing for. Ah well, she probably won! (Get it? won – as in won ton’s? OK, it’s a stretch.) Anyway, we’re great friends now.

Asian salad

whisk dressing

toast nuts and seeds in a dry pan

toasted nuts and seeds waiting

baked won ton wraps

blend salad

Speaking of friends, our neighbors – Priti and Shashi – invited us all to a potluck over the weekend. They made traditional curry dishes and we all brought random items and had a wonderful evening.
I was assigned to bring a salad, which is tricky for a Midwesterner. Salad can mean jello, fruit, vegetable, pasta or all of the above. This Asian salad was a hit, so I think I got it right. I don’t know where Cecelia first found the recipe, but I altered it a bit. You will LOVE the dressing and the crunchy Won Ton wraps.

Ingredients for dressing (I quadrupled this for a large group, which was way too much.)
1/4 cup each: white vinegar, water and ketchup
1 TBS soy sauce
6 TBS sugar
1 TBS corn starch

Directions for dressing
Mix – or whisk – well in a small saucepan on medium.
Stir until clear and thick. Let cool.
You can easily make this a day or more ahead and keep it in the fridge.

Ingredients for the salad
Big bowl of greens – your choice (And I mean a whole head of lettuce plus Romaine and spinach)
1 cup shredded cabbage
4 green onions, chopped
2 TBS sesame seeds toasted
2 TBS slivered almonds, toasted
1 can mandarin oranges, drained
Won Ton Wraps – fried or baked*

Toss the salad together, except the Won Ton’s.
Crumble the won ton’s on the salad just before serving.

Note: I tried baking the Won Ton’s and they took about 6 minutes at 350 – 3 minutes each side.
Frying – canola oil in a pan and fried about ten seconds each side. They were crisper. However, they would have taken on some of the oil.
Won Ton wraps have 20 calories each and they add a lot of personality to a salad. If you haven’t played with them, you’ll probably find them in the produce section of your store in a refrigerated area.

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