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Chinese Noodle Salad

8 cups finely shredded green cabbage
2 cups finely shredded red cabbage (optional)
1/2 cup slivered almonds
1/4 cup sesame seeds
3-4 green onions, thinly sliced
1 package oriental-flavor ramen noodles and seasoning packet, uncooked (try Nissan brand)
2 tsp. toasted sesame oil
1/3 cup seasoned rice vinegar
2 Tbsp. sugar or other sweetener
1/2 tsp. black pepper
Fresh cilantro (optional)

• Place the green cabbage in a large salad bowl. If desired, add the red cabbage and stir to combine.
• Preheat the oven to 350°F. In an ovenproof dish or a toaster oven, toast the almonds and the sesame seeds for 8 to 10 minutes, or until lightly browned and fragrant.
• Combine with the shredded cabbage and the green onions.
• Break the ramen noodles into pieces and combine with the cabbage mixture.
• In a small bowl, combine the ramen noodle seasoning packet, sesame oil, seasoned rice vinegar, sugar, and pepper. Pour over the salad and toss to mix. Let stand for 30 minutes, or until the noodles are soft.
• If desired, garnish with the fresh cilantro before serving.

Makes 8 servings

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