Company Green Salad

Crisp, bright greens with crunchy rice noodles, sweet red & yellow peppers, sugared almonds, salty sunflower kernels, and green onions. Topped with a simple dressing. This salad is surprisingly super easy and the perfect blend of texture, color, and flavor.

COMPANY GREEN SALAD | crisp lettuce, sugared almonds, green onion, sweet pepper, rice noodle with an easy homemade dressing! www.togetherasfamily.com

I am sure I have said it before, but I LOVE COSTCO! I’m actually going there today 🙂 Oh, and my husband worked there all through our college years! So we have good memories there and I will probably shop there until the day I die!

I can always judge how successful my Costco trips are by the food magazines I get; like Taste of Home magazines, BHG, Food Network, Rachael Ray. Plus, all the magazines at Costco are 30%, so I’m basically obligated to buy them! Sometimes none of them interest me, but other times they do. Like this last time, when I bought 5 of them! My husband just rolled his eyes as I put them in the cart 🙂

One of the magazines I picked up was Taste of Home ‘Easy Weeknight Meals’. I have so many recipes marked that I want to make. This Company Green Salad was the first thing that caught my eye and I knew I had to make it asap!

I normally just dump a bag salad in a bowl, throw on some grape tomatoes and chopped cucumbers and call it good. But this salad is easy enough and so dang delicious that it may just replace my usual bagged salad. All the elements can be prepared ahead of time, if needed. Chop up the peppers, toss the lettuce and green onions in the bowl, mix the dressing ingredients, and make the sugared almonds (I had never done this. Easier than I thought!). Right before serving you can toss all the elements together with the dressing, or leave the dressing on the side. I will warn that the dressing by itself is not good. But when paired with the salad, it just works. If you know you will not eat the entire salad, either just make half the salad, or leave the dressing on the side.

Company Green Salad

Ingredients

    sugared almonds
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 3/4 cup sliced almonds
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • dressing
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 3 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • salad
  • 8 cups leaf lettuce *
  • 1 red pepper, chopped small
  • 1 yellow pepper, chopped small
  • 4 green onions, chopped
  • 1 can (3 oz) crispy rice noodles **
  • 1/3 cup sunflower kernels

Instructions

  1. TO MAKE SUGARED ALMONDS: Melt butter in a skillet over medium heat. Add almonds and cook until toasted; about 4 minutes. Sprinkle with sugar. Cook for 3 more minutes until sugar is melted. Spread on foil to cool. Set aside.
  2. TO MAKE DRESSING: Whisk all ingredients in a small bowl. Chill until serving.
  3. TO MAKE SALAD: In large bowl combine lettuce, peppers, and green onion. Toss with the dressing (if serving right away). Sprinkle with rice noodles, sunflower kernels, and sugared almonds. Serve immediately. If not serving right away, prepare the different salad elements and keep separately until serving.

Notes

* This does not have to be exact. I always just use a bag of lettuce (usually butter lettuce) and then I chop up some green leaf lettuce and add that. Any lettuce will work, either bagged or fresh.

** Do not confuse these with chow mein noodles. They are in the same area and same type of can as the chow mein noodles. But they will specifically say 'rice noodle'.

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