This special recipe will soon become a salad favorite
- 1 (3 oz.) package beef flavor ramen noodle soup mix, broken up
- 2 cups boiling water
- 1 cup fresh spinach, shredded
- ½ cup red onion, thinly sliced
- 1 lb. deli roast beef, sliced into bite-sized strips
- 2 Tablespoon rice vinegar
- 2 Tablespoon oil
- 1 Tablespoon prepared horseradish
- ½ cup pickled beets, julienned, drained
- 1 teaspoon poppy seeds
- In a small bowl combine the soup packet with the vinegar, oil and horseradish. Whisk to combine and set aside.
- Cook the Ramen noodles in boiling water as directed for 3 minutes. Drain well and place them in a serving bowl.
- Add the spinach, onion, roast beef and mix to combine.
- Pour the dressing mixture over noodles and spinach and toss gently.
- Sprinkle the beets and poppy seeds over the top of the salad just before serving.
- Serve at room temperature.
- This recipe can be doubled or tripled.
SPINACH & ARUGULA:
Please note: Only flat leaf spinach is recommended because its flat surface lends itself to efficient washing. Curly leaf spinach is difficult to clean and check. It is therefore not recommended.
INFESTATION: Spinach and arugula tend to be highly infested throughout the year. Light green thrips are often found in the small curls of the leaves. Occasionally, worms may be found in burrows within the body of the leaf. Look for a narrow (1/8_) translucent burrow speckled with black dots breaking up the deep green color of the leaf. These burrows will often trap the worm within the leaf. To rid the leaf of these worms, carefully slit the bumpy part within the burrow with a sharp knife and remove the worm.
- Soak leaves in a solution of cold water and vegetable wash. The proper amount of vegetable wash has been added when some bubbles are observed in the water. (In the absence of vegetable wash, several drops of concentrated non-scented liquid detergent may be used. However, for health reasons, care must be taken to thoroughly rinse off the soapy solution.)
- Separate the spinach leaves and agitate them in the soapy solution.
- Using a heavy stream of water or a power hose, remove all foreign matter and soap from the leaf surface. Alternatively, a vegetable brush may be used on both sides of the leaf.
- Several leaves should be checked over a light box or under strong overhead light to verify that the washing procedure has been effective. Both sides of the leaf must be checked.
- If it is practical, it is best to check each leaf.