New Year’s Eve Eve is a holiday that my friends and I created in high school as a remedy for the inevitable anticlimactic nature of New Years Eve. In order to take some of the pressure and expectation off of the big night, we began to have celebrations a night in advance. Some years we had parties, at one of our houses, and later at our apartments in the various cities where we attended college. One year, we had a potluck in Pittsburgh. Each of us prepared a dish, and one of us created a dance mix. In the midst of memories of champagne and dancing, I recall this incredible salad, which brought the level of classiness up a couple of notches. It’s not hard to prepare, though there are several steps, and it’s really quite impressive.
Bok Choy is not commonly used, and it is a more flavorful, crisp, thick version of lettuce. What makes this salad irresistible is the sweet dressing, which perfectly compliments the tartness of the Bok Choy. Really, just saying that you made a ‘bok choy’ salad makes people respect you – so give it a try!
BOK CHOY SALAD
BOK CHOY SALAD
1-2 medium heads Bok Choy
1 Bunch Scallions
Wash and cut Box Choy into bite sized pieces and chill. Keep separate in refrigerator.
Wash and cut scallions (greens and white part) into 1/4″ pieces. You may not want to use
a whole bunch – add a little at a time, the taste can be overpowering.
2 ½ oz. sesame seed toasted (can be done in the toaster)- I sometimes substitute
sunflower seeds and it’s just as good.
2 pkg. Ramen noodles broken up (you can take them out of the soup packages)
1 pkg. sliced almonds
Sautee in a little olive oil with garlic powder and salt. Cool and store, covered, in
refrigerator. Can be stored indefinitely.
2Tbsp. Soy Sauce
½ cup sugar (you can use splenda if you adjust the amount)
¼ cup vinegar (cider or rice)
¾ cup (or less) extra virgin olive oil
Combine and boil no more than 1 minute. Toss three mixtures together just before
serving. The 3 mixtures can be made well ahead of time. Even the greens stay for at
least a week in the refrigerator.