'This satisfying salad is crunchy, nutty and sweet all at the same time,' relates Barb Mickelson of Glenwood, Iowa. 'To speed up preparation, I use chow mein noodles instead of fried wonton wrappers called for in the original recipe,' Barb notes.

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prep:
20 mins
total:
20 mins
Servings:
8
Yield:
8 servings
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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • In a small saucepan, combine the first seven ingredients. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Cool. In a large salad bowl, combine the remaining ingredients; add dressing and toss to coat. Serve immediately.

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Nutrition Facts

383 calories; protein 14.6g; carbohydrates 35g; fat 21.6g; cholesterol 27.3mg; sodium 417.8mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (36)

Rating: 5 stars
04/14/2008
Quick, easy and simply delicious!....My family was a bit hesitant to see a home made dressing for the salad and once the first bite was taken they all simply loved it and is a family favourite.My secret ingredient /twist to this salad is using sesame oil instaed of Veg oil and I promise it takes the recipe all the way to 5 stars!I added walnuts too. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/19/2008
the dressing is sweet and tangy- Loved it!! Not a fan of frozen peas or water chestnuts, so I omitted them and added sliced almonds instead. I also used a bag of romaine salad mix to speed things up. Very good. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/10/2008
Quick and Tasty! I left out water chestnut as a personal preference and my boyfriend added another handful of cashews to his serving. Easy to manipulate! AS I found out the next day, this salad doesn't keep very well. (the effect is similar to what happens to ceasar salad) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/16/2007
I have made this recipe 3 times. I made no modifications. Perfect as is. Just the best on a hot summer night! Thanks for sharing Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/19/2010
This is such an awesome, unique sauce!! I've made this salad many different ways using whats in my cupboards/fridge. I've used slaw instead of lettuce (great!), used spinach greens in lieu of lettuce; and when I didn't have chow mein noodles, I've added cashews, sunflower seeds, even top romen noodles (browned) for the "crunch"! Was all good!! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
11/16/2009
Great recipe, but we made the mistake of following one reviewer's suggestion of doubling the sauce. The end result was an otherwise tasty salad with entirely too much dressing. Stick with the original recipe, the sauce is strong enough already. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/22/2008
This is really good!!! My husband would eat this every week. I add the dressing as we eat it, I don't pour it over the whole thing. It won't get soggy this way. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/12/2008
The dressing alone is 5 stars! Will use it with other recipes as well. I did make some changes in the salad part. I used a bag of cole slaw cabbage mix instead of the lettuce. The slaw mix has great coloring and it was not only crunchy for first serving, but it retains some crunchiness for leftovers. I also used LaChoy Rice Noodles instead of Chow Mein. (They're smaller in size). Family loved it, even picky son-in-law! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/29/2015
Very good! Made just a couple of changes: left out the peas, used toasted almonds instead of cashews and used romaine lettuce instead of iceberg. Also, as I was cooking the chicken, I added some of the sauce to the frying pan. For the dressing, I didn't use quite that much sugar, about a quarter cup and that was sweet enough for us. Like others have stated, it's probably best to add the dressing right before you serve it; that way everything stays crisp. I'll be making this again! Update: This also makes a wonderful sauce to use in a stir fry with chicken, any vegies, rice or noodles. And I always use sesame oil. Read More
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