Chinese New Year Salad


Ingredients (Dressing)

  • 2 Tbspns of soy sauce
  • 1 Tbspn plus 1 Tspn of honey
  • 1 Tbspn plus 1 teaspoon of rice wine vinegar
  • 1 Tbspn plus 1 teaspoon of dry sherry
  • 2 Tspns of dark sesame oil
  • 1/2 Tspn of fresh green chili pepper, minced
  • 1/2 Tspn of fresh garlic, minced

Ingredients (Salad)

  • 3 cups (loosely packed) mixed greens, such as watercress and torn spinach
  • 4 cups (loosely packed) finely shredded Napa cabbage
  • 2 medium carrots, coarsely grated
  • 1 1/2 cups of fresh bean sprouts
  • 1 pound of well-trimmed lean beef sirloin, cut into narrow strips
  • 2 Tbspns of cornstarch blended with 2 Tbspns of soy sauce and 2 Tbspns of water
  • 1 Tbspn of extra virgin olive oil
  • 3/4 cup of fresh green onions sliced diagonally into three quarter inch pieces


Make the dressing: In small bowl or cup, blend soy sauce, honey, vinegar, sherry, sesame oil, chili pepper and garlic. Set this aside.

Meanwhile, make the salad: Line a platter with greens. At one end, arrange piles of Napa cabbage, carrots and bean sprouts. Place beef in a medium bowl, add cornstarch-soy sauce mixture and toss to coat well. In medium nonstick skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add beef and stir-fry until medium-rare, 2 to 3 minutes. Add green onions and stir-fry just until slightly softened, about one minute. Arrange beef mixture at one end of platter. Drizzle dressing over greens and vegetables and serve. On a salad plate, individuals can put the greens that are drizzled with dressing and some beef on top and enjoy. Serves 4.

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