Friday, March 12, 2010

Crunchy Romaine Salad-Foodie Friday


     I have made this simple salad for many years. It goes well with many things, we had it with our quiche a few days ago. It would also work well as a main dish salad if you added a little cooked chicken.


Ingredients:
1 package ramen soup mix (throw away the seasoning packet)
3 T. butter melted (I prefer unsalted)
1 cup chopped walnuts
1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup honey
1/3 cup white vinegar (red wine vinegar would also work)
pinch of salt and pepper
1 bunch of fresh broccoli-broken into bite size pieces
1 head romaine lettuce torn into bite size pieces


     Break the noodles into pieces, mix with walnuts and melted butter on a baking sheet. Bake for about 10 minutes at 350 degrees until the noodles and nuts start to brown a little. I get lazy, I don't even melt the butter. I toss the walnuts and broken ramen noodles on the cookie sheet, dot with chunks of the butter and stir it all together after the butter melts in the oven. Remove from oven and set aside.


     In a large bowl combine the lettuce and broccoli, toss in the nut/noodle mixture. In a separate small bowl whisk the oil, honey, vinegar, salt and pepper for the dressing and drizzle over the salad (I think it makes too much dressing. I use about half and save the rest to use at another time) Don't put the dressing on the salad until just before serving. Enjoy!


     I'm linking this to Foodie Friday. Please visit Michael at Designs by Gollum to see all the delicious recipes that are being shared this week.

32 comments:

Jenglamgirl said...

YUMMMY~ I just adore salads like this... and the chicken bowtie one too! THANKS FOR SHARING SUE! JGG

Tammy@InStitches said...

Oh Sue, this looks yummy !

kim said...

Sue, that looks really good. It is so nice getting all these new recipes in blog land.

Mimi said...

Sounds and looks delicious, Sue!

Jenny said...

Yummy! AND come and visit me this morning. It will make you smile!

Country Wings in Phoenix said...

Oh Sweetie...
This sounds so yummy. I love it. Oh I am going to have to try it this weekend and see what DH things. We are trying to eat more salad, to get in our greens. Thank you so much for sharing.

Have a beautiful Friday sweetie. Country hugs and much love...Sherry

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Looks good! I keep saying I am going to make one of the ramen noodle salads, but never have. I may just have to try your recipe. Thanks for sharing.
Have a great weekend.

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

OH, yum yum! I have one I make similar to your's but this one looks so enticing! Have a great week-end neighbor!
Cindy

Kathysue said...

Sue this looks yummy. I love good salad recipes and this looks like a keeper. I wanted to come by and thank you sooooo much for being such a faithful reader of my blog and to always leaving a comment. It has not gon un-noticed by me and I just wanted to be sure and thank you!! Have a great weekend,Kathysue

koralee said...

Ok...I am making this tonight. xoxoxoxo

DUTA said...

Lettuce, broccoli, olive oil is the basis of any salad I make.I won't use butter, for dietary reason, but I'll try all the other ingredients.
Thanks for sharing.

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Sue, this looks good! I like a good salad, but I have a tendency to load mine up with cheese. Any excuse to use it. ;-)

I'll be MIA the next week or so because I will not have computer access. See you when I get back. Didn't want to disappear on you without saying why. LOL!

Have a super weekend and a Happy FF...

XO,

Sheila :-)

The Quintessential Magpie said...

P.S. And I'm glad it was you who won the neat necklace at Jenny's... my necklace by the way! LOL! ;-)

Congrats and Enjoy! :-)

Blondie's Journal said...

This looks delicious, Sue. I think I had something similar with sunflower seeds and I am allergic to them so I have stayed away. Walnuts sound great!

xoxo
Jane

dee dee said...

Sue, I thinking that if Wayne started reading your blog, you have have a permanent house guest! Sue's B & B, only it would be more like Sue's B & B,L & D (Sue's bed, breakfast lunch and dinner!) You are much more of a creative cook than me!
Dee Dee

Rettabug said...

Hi Sue,

Looks really good! This reminds me of a very similar one I got from friends while in FL.

Like Blongie's they used toasted sunflower seeds almonds instead of walnuts & they put the packet of ramen noodle seasonings INTO the dressing, making that part a day ahead of time so the flavors could mingle.

Either way it is Yummo! Thanks for the reminder. Its very GREEN & perfect for Irish day. :-)

Mrs. P. said...

YUM...Sue, I just love those crunchy ramen noodle salads. Yours looks especially good :)

Blessings!
Gail

Coralie Cederna Johnson said...

I'm lovin' the idea of this with quiche! Looks delish!!!

Linda said...

Looks like I need to try this one...I just luv salads! Hope you have a wonderful weekend:)

Blessings,
Linda

Self Sagacity said...

A nice way to eat lettuce, I really like that you added the nuts too. Makes the texture more interesting.

Lyneen said...

YUMMY... another one to try. TFS

and thanks for stopping by my blog and entering my giveaway... GOOD LUCK!

xinex said...

Looks good, Sue, and simple too....my kind of cooking!...Christine

Life Laugh Latte said...

Looks so yummy! Sorry we made you feel a little sick with the whole bra thing:) We can be a little over the top when we get together. I'm not exactly sure why it makes me so happy to visit you...it just does. Thanks for hangin' with us. Holly:)

From the Kitchen said...

Hello Sue. I love the name of your blog! I, too, am the mother of grown children and really shine when they "need" me. It's mostly when they come to visit and request "needed" foods that they love. My blog is still a work in progress. I want to do more food postings but am working on my camera skills since I think a photo is so helpful.

Best,
Bonnie

Angie said...

That sounds delicious - I'm going to have to weave it into my salad repertoire :)

Maria said...

Walnuts + food = Happy Maria
:o)

Maya said...

Super delicious! You know, I practically live on salads!!

Patriotic Mom said...

Blogging Friend, another recipe I am saving! I make an Oriental Chicken Salad with Top Ramen so I am sure this one is delish too! Joan

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MrsJenB said...

Sometimes I ask myself what I want to take to work for lunch. And then I see this salad and the angels sing! Perfect! I find that when the weather starts to warm up (or even hints that it will soon), I start to crave foods like this. THANK YOU for sharing!!

My name means Wisdom said...

I have seen some interesting things being done with Ramen, but I think this is one I might try.

Jenny said...

Oh yum. This looks scrumptious! I make a similar one but I like the changes in yours!