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Oriental Chicken Salad (meat)

Eileen Goltz. | Meat

Ramen noodles are baked, then combined with shredded napa cabbage, green onion, mandarin oranges, sunflower seeds, almonds and cashews.

Napa cabbage and green onion (also called scallions) require insect infestation inspection. Please see “Special Instructions below:

Ingredients

1 package Ramen (dry) noodle soup mix, Oriental flavor
2 whole chicken breasts, cooked, cooled and cut into bite-size pieces
2 heads napa cabbage, shredded
1 can mandarin orange segments, drained
1 bunch green onions, sliced
1 small package sunflower seeds
1 small package slivered almonds
1 small package cashews
1 cup oil
1/2 cup red wine vinegar
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1/2 cup sugar


Instructions

Take the dry noodles from the soup mix, break them up and spread on a cookie sheet. Sprinkle with the dry seasoning packet from the soup mix; bake in a 350 degree oven about 5 minutes or until lightly brown. Set aside to cool. In a big bowl combine the cabbage, green onions, orange segments, sunflower seed, almonds and cashews. In another bowl whisk together the oil, red wine vinegar, soy sauce and sugar. Mix the noodles, cabbage mixture and dressing together in the big bowl and toss to combine. Let set a few minutes to allow noodles to soften just slightly before serving. 

Cabbage Insect Inspection: Cabbage may be infested with black/gray thrips or aphids and, less often, cabbage worm. Though cabbage infestation is seasonal, being more prevalent during the summer months, our research has indicated that outbreaks of infestation do occur in the winter months as well. We, therefore, recommend that cabbage be inspected throughout the year. Fortunately, it has been determined that infestation is predominantly limited to the first three layers of leaves, i.e. the outermost six leaves on the head (two per layer). If these six leaves are found to be clean, the rest of the head may be used. (Although insects have been found deeper than the third layer, this is uncommon.) The above holds true for Grade A cabbage only. Inferior grades of cabbage are much more prone to infestation, and their use is not recommended. Inspection: Please note: When examining sacks or cases of cabbage (typically containing 12–16 heads of cabbage taken from the same field), if three heads are found to be completely clean, the rest of the cabbage in that sack or case may be used without any inspection once the wrapper leaves have been discarded. Cabbage taken from larger cases or bins must be individually checked. Several methods have been developed for the inspection of cabbage: 1. Detach the loose leaves (‘‘wrapper leaves’’) and discard. 2. Core the cabbage and split the head in half, allowing the leaves to be peeled away more easily. 3. Peel the three outermost layers (approximately six leaves, not including wrapper leaves) off the head and discard. The remainder of the head may be used. 4. Some maintain that the six outermost leaves should be checked rather than discarded. The most practical way to check is to hold the leaf above direct light. Because the leaf is translucent and the bugs are not, the bugs are accentuated and easily detected. Check both sides of each leaf. 5. If only one or two insects are found on these six leaves, then they and the remaining leaves of the head may be used without further checking. It is recommended that the remaining leaves be washed before use. 6. If three or more insects are found on the first six leaves, the remaining leaves must be thoroughly washed and checked prior to use. The second method described above (_4) is impractical when cabbage quarters must remain tightly packed so that they may be shredded easily. It should be noted that the outer leaves of the quarter sections must be removed, checked and put back to facilitate shredding. Please note: Packaged, pre-washed and shredded green cabbage from leading national brands such as Dole, Redi-Pak, and Fresh Express are acceptable for use without any inspection throughout the year. Cabbage from these brands has been found to be consistently clean. (See section on Pre-Washed Vegetables below.) Prepared cabbage salads such as cole slaw, health salad and sauerkraut contain numerous ingredients which may pose kashrus concerns in addition the question of תולעים. These products are only recommended when bearing a reliable certification. Scallions or Green Onions Insect Infestation: Light green or brown thrips may occasionally be found between the green branches where they protrude from the bulb. Less frequently, they can be found crawling on the outside or inside of the long green shoots. Inspection: 1. A vertical cut should be made from the top of the scallion’s green shoot to the bottom of the bulb. Examine three scallions from each bunch, paying careful attention to the area between the branches that protrude from the bulb. 2. If no insects are found, wash thoroughly under a heavy stream of water or power hose and use. 3. If insects are found in a scallion, the entire bunch must be checked. The affected scallion must be discarded.

Ramen noodles are baked, then combined with shredded napa cabbage, green onion, mandarin oranges, sunflower seeds, almonds and cashews.

Napa cabbage and green onion (also called scallions) require insect infestation inspection. Please see “Special Instructions below: