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A few random facts about me:

I overuse exclamation points. A lot. But there is so much that is lost when you are communicating via writing vs talking, and I just want people to know how much I really am excited about something, or how much I love something. I don’t apologize!

If I make a mistake while I’m typing, I will almost always just backspace to the mistake to fix it instead of clicking on the mistake. I may have to delete a whole sentence of words, but for some reason, I like to keep my hands on the keyboard.

I’m very anal about the direction the toilet paper roll is put on. So bad, in fact, that if I am a guest somewhere and it’s not on my way, I will remove it and fix it.

I’m also anal about the way the towels are folded.

I was the lead in the 4th grade musical, but I never told my parents. They didn’t find out until they arrived for the show and saw my name on the program. (I don’t remember my reasoning behind not telling my parents – I think it just never crossed my mind that I needed to!)

I’m not a clean freak by any means, but I start to get anxiety if I’m surrounded by messes. I know that when that feeling starts to set in, it’s time to set everything else aside and start cleaning!

One of the best things I’ve ever eaten was a grilled cheese sandwich. Granted, it was in France, but I still think about that sandwich all of these years later.

I used to hate meat on the bone. I also used to eat my steaks well done. Luckily, I have learned the error of my ways and have changed both!

When I find something that I really like, I can’t get it out of my head. Like the Thai Chopped Chicken Salad that I posted a few weeks ago. And since I can’t just keep making the same salad and posting it over and over again, I thought I’d do the next best thing and do a variation of that salad. Hey – maybe I’ll make this summer the summer of chopped salads and see how many I can come up with. My mind is already spinning!!

This was my second confirmation that yes, I do indeed love chopped salads. Give me a big bowl filled with chopped vegetables like this every once in awhile, and I’m a happy girl. I had some leftover wonton wrappers, so I fried them up in strips and absolutely loved what they brought to this salad. In fact, there wasn’t anything about this salad that I didn’t like!

Chinese Chopped Salad | www.tasteandtellblog.com

Chinese Chopped Salad
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Chinese flavors come together in this flavorful chopped salad.
Serves: 4 servings
  • 6 wonton wrappers, each cut into 6 strips
  • Vegetable oil, for frying
  • 6 cups chopped green cabbage
  • 4 cups chopped romaine lettuce
  • 4 green onions, sliced
  • 1 (15 oz) can mandarin oranges, drained and chopped if large
  • 1 cup diced red bell pepper
  • ¾ cup slivered almonds, toasted
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  1. Heat about 1 inch of vegetable oil in a heavy duty pan. Fry the wonton strips until browned and crisped, about 30-45 seconds. Remove and drain on a paper towel lined plate.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the cabbage, lettuce, green onions, mandarin oranges, bell pepper and almonds.
  3. In a small bowl, combine the lime juice, soy sauce, vinegar, sesame seeds, sesame oil, sugar and salt. Slowly whisk in the oil until combined.
  4. Pour as much of the dressing over the salad as desired and mix to combine.
The salad dressing recipe makes quite a bit of dressing, so only add as much as you want to the salad.

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28 Responses to Chinese Chopped Salad

  1. What a pretty salad! I looove salads, and I think part of why I love them is that they’re usually quite colorful with all the different veggies. I love your variation of another great looking chopped salad here!

  2. Tieghan says:

    Looks incredible!! So light, fresh and healthy! Perfect for this time of year!

  3. Oh, I love this! Perfect weeknight meal!

  4. This salad is amazing. But I totally laughed over the TP and towels because that is SO me too!

  5. Ha, I’ve been trying to curb my exclamation points in posts. I can relate!!!!! Love the salad.

  6. carrian says:

    your photos are seriously getting prettier and prettier! And I looooove all of your random facts. I’m pretty much exactly the same

  7. What an incredible take on the chopped salad! I’m in love.

  8. I am the SAAAAAME way about mistakes! I’ll backspace the ENTIRE sentence instead of clicking on the mistake. To me it feel like it takes less time. And I want this salad.

  9. Aggie says:

    Gosh, we have a lot in common!! I dislike meat on the bone (still), have to fix toilet paper rolls to “over” all the time, and freak out when mess starts to surround me (however I am NOT a neat and organized person).

    I also love this salad. Looks amazing Deb!! I want some for lunch today!

  10. LOL you and I have a lot in common! And I usually have to go back and edit out exclamation points because there are too many haha. Love the chopped salad! It’s one of my fav salads.

  11. Looks and sounds delicious! I love the grilled corn and black bean salad, too!

  12. I do this with SMS messages all the time. When normally it would take 5 minutes to send a simple text , I Spend longer correcting myself than it takes to actually say it!
    Such a lovely salad I can not wait to try this Chinese chicken sald

  13. I love chopped salad, such a tasty summer meal!

  14. Absolutely scrumptious! This looks amazing, Deborah. A must-try in my kitchen, especially since I’m always looking to increase my Asian cooking!

  15. This is always a great salad. Usually I add a piece of chicken on top and it makes a great meal. I keep it in bags and add the dressing later and then I have a salad whenever I need it. Thanks for a good one and i like exclamation points, too!

  16. Chels R. says:

    This looks amazing and how funny that I’m pretty anal about all of the same things!! This salad looks amazing!!! I can’t wait to make this one and the asian quinoa salad that Two Peas just posted! We love salads in the summer!

  17. I want this salad now! Too bad I am still unmotivated to be in the kitchen. I’m putting it on my list of things to make!

  18. cassie says:

    Oh I use waaaay too many exclamation points, too. I just can’t help it most of the time! I’m loving this salad too…I have been all about Asian flavors lately. This looks amazing, especially with those won tons on top!

  19. Joanne says:

    I do the typing thing too! And I do get obsessed with specific flavors once I get them into my head. I can totally see why you couldn’t let go of this chopped salad!

  20. I overuse exclamation points too!!!!!!! But you kept it under control in this post! Haha THis salad looks amazing!

  21. This salad looks perfect! I love the flavor combo! See the !?! 😉

  22. Becky says:

    loved reading your little tid bits about yourself! Josh says I also overuse exclamation points! (case in point :)) The salad sounds delicious and worth repeating!

  23. Love these random facts! I totally over use the exclamation point as well, ha! 😉 And this dish looks amazing!

  24. We might be the same people. . other than the fact that I am Korean-American 😛 I am the exact same way with everything!!!!! (overusing exclamation points! :P)
    and totally- when I find a recipe I love- I will eat it for like 3 weeks straight b/c I love it so much and can’t stop thinking about it. . will absolutely give this Chinese Chopped Salad a go! LOVE!

  25. I’m the same way with toilet paper! It has to go over. If not, I’m changing it, whether I’m at work or at a friend’s house. It’s terrible.

    Anyway, I’m loving this salad. I always order the asian chicken salad at work and pay $10 for it but I’d gladly make this right at home – I’m sure it would be 1000000x better anyway!

  26. this is the type of salad I would make extra wonton crisps.
    those are the best part
    and yes, you are spot on about the toilet paper!!!

  27. Nutmeg Nanny says:

    Overuse of exclamation points is a problem I have too!!! See 😉
    This salad is beautiful and looks so satisfyingn!

  28. Kathy says:

    I made this on Sunday and then again last night because my husband was begging me to make it again. It is a delicious and beautiful salad!

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