Monday was such a great day. I can honestly say that there are few things I love more than spending time with my sister. If you’ve never read my sisterhood post, you can find it here. That post was written from the heart. Sometimes, I do write heavier stuff, because once in a while, you have to get real. Anyway, I always jump at the opportunity to go to my sister’s doctor appointments in Raleigh. It’s not because I love sitting in on the appointments with her autoimmune doctor, Dr. Shanahan ,who seriously is the best. I simply love spending time with my sister. Every time we get together, there are laughs to be had. If you follow me on Facebook, you will know that once we arrived , I dropped my phone while getting out of the car. I heard my phone hit the ground, but I couldn’t find it anywhere. I soon discovered that it had fallen underneath the tiny, low-to-the-ground car parked next to us. I had to make full frontal contact with the wet, dirty cement to fetch it. For those who question my love for black clothes, now you know. I feel prepared whenever I wear black. Black hides everything.
My sister’s appointment went well. She’s no better, but no worse. Sometimes, being no worse is a blessing! We had the usual celebratory lunch before we headed home. This time, we chose to dine at The Cowfish. It was suggested a while back by my friend, Joy. If Joy suggests something, you know it will awesome. She’s just ‘cool’ like that! The Cowfish menu contained a variety of appetizers. For those that don’t care for sushi, there was an entire page of burgers. After pouring over the fantastic menu, we decided to split the Chinese Chicken Salad and Dion’s OMG! roll.
First, we loved the atmosphere for lunch. It was vibrant and festive! We began with a glass of Carletto Pinot Grigio.
Yum! The server divided our salad among two plates, with no extra charge. Gotta love that!
We also split one of the signature fusion sushi rolls. The roll was made of coconut shrimp and cucumber and was coated in tempura flakes. It was topped with fresh mango, avocado, spicy honey marmalade, and coconut flakes. Shrimp, mango, and coconut? YES!!!! Jen and I always have the same predicament with sushi. There is no graceful way to indulge. Although we love to use chopsticks, it’s a struggle to put an entire piece of sushi in our mouths. If we cut the sushi with a knife, it falls apart. The sushi struggle is real.
Comfortably full, we ended our meal with cups of the Wild Berry Black Tea.
I loved, loved, loved the salad so much, I knew I had to recreate it at home. I ventured to the local Food Lion to find the ingredients. Much to my chagrin, there were no beets or sugar snap peas to be found. Even with substitutions, I concocted an easy fantastic salad. Even Ashton approved! Here’s some yumminess….coming your way!
I started with a sesame Asian salad kit. I added a little spinach since I had some on hand. I used the wontons and the dressing that were included in the kit. Actually, Ashton used the included dressing. I still prefer balsamic vinegar in place of salad dressing.
Ashton threw a couple of thin chicken breasts on the George Foreman. We didn’t even season the chicken. Leftover chicken would have been great!
What’s a salad without crunch? Peanuts provided extra protein and a little healthy fat to the salad.
- Grilled chicken breast, sliced
- Bag of Sesame Asian Salad Kit, or mixed greens
- Snow peas
- Red bell pepper, sliced
- Cilantro, chopped
- Onion, chopped
- Matchstick carrots
- Peanuts, chopped
- Tangerine, peeled and sliced
- Beet, spiraled or grated
- Wontons (from kit)
- Asian dressing (from kit)
- Toss all of ingredients together in a large bowl and serve chilled.