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Company green salad is a perfect weeknight side dish or fancy enough for company! 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

Fancy Company Green Salad is a perfect weeknight side dish or fancy enough for company! 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 the perfect blend of texture, color, and flavor.
Course Salad
Cuisine American
Keyword green salad, salad recipe, side dish
Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Author Jessica - Together as Family

Ingredients

Sugared Almonds

  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 cup sliced almonds
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar

Dressing

  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper

Salad

  • 1 bag fancy leaf lettuce
  • 1 bunch green leaf lettuce, chopped small
  • 1 red pepper, chopped small
  • 1 yellow pepper, chopped small
  • 1/3 cup sliced green onions
  • 1 can (3 oz) crispy rice noodles
  • 1/3 cup roasted sunflower kernels

Instructions

  1. TO MAKE SUGARED ALMONDS: Melt butter in a skillet over medium heat. Add almonds and sugar and cook until toasted and fragrant; about 5 minutes. Watch carefully and stir frequently to prevent burning. Spread onto a plate lined with a paper towel to cool. 

  2. TO MAKE DRESSING: Whisk all ingredients in a small bowl. Chill until serving.

  3. TO MAKE SALAD: In large bowl combine lettuce, peppers, green onion, crispy rice noodles, sunflower kernels, and cooled sugared almonds. Toss with the dressing. Serve immediately. 

    If not serving right away, prepare the different salad elements and keep separate. Toss with dressing when ready to serve.

Recipe Notes

You will find the crispy rice noodles by the Asian food in the grocery store. 

 

I would suggest making the dressing in the morning of the day you need it, to allow it time to get chilled in the fridge. Cold dressing tastes better on salads. 

 

This salad can be prepared ahead of time if needed. Make the sugared almonds and leave out at room temperature. Toss together the green salad mix, green leaf lettuce, and green onions. Store covered in the fridge. Prepare the salad dressing and store covered in the fridge. Toss all ingredients together when needed.