On last summer’s trip to Europe, I was ecstatic when we finally arrived in London. I literally shed a tear when we toured the Tower of London (hey, I’ve never claimed to be cool). The Tower was the temporary “home” and place of execution for everyone from Sir Walter Raleigh, Sir Thomas More, and of course, Ann Boleyn.
Getting back to the point…of all the historical and political insight and intrigue these novels have to offer, I was uber-fascinated by one tiny factoid: Katherine of Aragon brought salad to England. She ate lettuce as a child growing up in Spain and requested that it be planted for her in England. Though the concept of eating vegetables raw seemed not only unappealing but unhealthy to the English, she planted the seeds and began harvesting lettuce.
Below is my all time favorite salad. Though it doesn’t utilize the traditional lettuce that Katherine craved, but rather cabbage, it’s still the perfect summer dish. It’s also excellent left-over!
Oriental Cabbage Salad
¾ cup slivered almonds, toasted
4 Tbsp sesame seeds, toasted
½ – ¾ head of cabbage, chopped
½ cup green onions, if desired
2 pkgs ramen noodles, uncooked and broken up
2 Tbsp sugar
½ cup vegetable oil
3 Tbsp vinegar
½ tsp salt
½ tsp pepper
½ package seasoning from oriental noodle flavored ramen noodle package
Toss all salad ingredients together
Mix all dressing ingredients together in a shaker for easy pouring, or wisk together in a small bowl.
Add dressing just before serving and toss well.
To make a complete meal, top with grilled chicken breast.