Light Oriental Slaw, my way

I have told you before about a wonderful little local tea room, The Peony House.  And one of my favorite foods there is their very light-tasting oriental slaw.

When I was at the tea room last week, I was reminded of how much I like that slaw, so when I got home I decided to attempt my own version of it.

I looked through my favorite cookbooks and also looked for inspiration on-line.  And I ended up modifying a recipe I found in our family cookbook.  Here is the result:

Note:  Two days later I have updated this recipe to mix everything together right away.  That’s because I ate some that was left over and liked it even better than the “fresh”!

Light Oriental Slaw

Combine in a mixing bowl:

12 oz. bag of Rainbow Slaw (contains broccoli, cauliflower, carrots and red cabbage)

1 ½ C. of chopped celery

2 green onions, chopped

In a smaller mixing bowl, make the dressing:

¼ C. olive oil

2 T. vinegar

2 T. granulated Splenda (or 2 T. sugar)

½ t. salt

½ t. coarse ground pepper

1 T. dry parsley

a few dashes of Frank’s hot sauce

After mixing the dressing thoroughly incorporate it into the salad.

Then add a small can of mandarin oranges, which have been drained and patted dry, and ¾ package of Ramen Chicken-flavored noodles which have been crumbled (easiest done before opening the package) and mixed with the included flavor packet.

Refrigerate.  Best when made the day before.

Our friends Doug and Linda were here Saturday night and we had this salad with chicken marinated in a bottled sesame ginger marinade and then cooked on the grill with baked sweet potatoes.  It was one of those meals where all the flavors just went together perfectly!

By the way, a half cup serving of this salad (when made with Splenda) is 3 WW points.  Obviously, most of the calories are in the oranges and noodles, so if you wanted this to be light light, you could taste it before you added those to see if you like it that way.

Two ingredients I’m thinking about adding next time are water chestnuts and maybe trying balsamic vinegar

If you try this, I hope you enjoy it as much as we did.  Linda and I are both planning to make it for potlucks we are attending in the near future.

12 Responses to Light Oriental Slaw, my way

  1. Hilary says:

    That does sound nice and refreshing. I might just try that sometime.. minus the splenda (health-related issue) and go with sugar. I’d bet that almonds or cashews would go well in there too. (I’m hearing your calorie alert go off!) 😉 Thanks for posting this, Sandra. 🙂

  2. Sandra says:

    Hilary — Boy, have you got my number! I thought about almonds, but you’re right, I skipped them because I didn’t want to add the calories. It has occurred to me though that I might add water chestnuts next time for a little extra crunch. btw, the measurement would be the same if you use sugar, 2 T., in case you wondered.

  3. Tes says:

    It looks so colorful and healthy. I love this recipe. thanks for sharing.

  4. Sandra says:

    Tes — I’m glad it appeals to you. I hope you enjoy it. Thank you for stopping by. 🙂

  5. Donna says:

    Looks delicious! I will def try this, thanks for sharing.

  6. Julie says:

    This sounds really good! I may have to try it out!

    I wanted to let you know Aunt Sandy, that I started a blog! The address is I’m very new to the blog world, so I’m not sure how often I’ll post, but you can check it out if you’d like! 😉

    Hope you have a great rest of your week!

  7. Sandra says:

    Donna — I hope you like it. You know how that goes — it makes you a little nervous to recommend something that you like, because your taste might not be to the liking of someone else! 🙂

  8. Sandra says:

    Julie — I’m delighted!! I hope that you enjoy it. If you don’t mind, I’ll do a little introduction to your blog here. Let me know. I’m so excited! Love, Aunt Sandy

    • Julie says:

      Thank you for all of your kind comments you left on my blog Aunt Sandy! Sure you can introduce my blog here if you’d like. I’ll try to keep it updated… 🙂 I have several friends out here that have blogs and I love following theirs and of course, yours as well. You are right, I hope my blog will help me to remember the cute things my kiddos do or say throughout the years.

      Much love to you!!!!

  9. Mrs4444 says:

    Wow! This looks delicious! 🙂

  10. lynn says:

    I love the idea of adding mandarin oranges to slaw. Will have to try that.

  11. Sandra says:

    It really is, Barb. And, as I’ve noted in the update, I like it even better after the flavors have blended for a day or so.

    Lynn — And I love it when I can give the queen of cookbook writers a new cooking idea! 🙂

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