For the past couple of weeks we have been on a major “Soup and Salad” kick. So I’ve been working in all types of ingredients to keep our meals creative and tasty. Last weekend, when I was in Trader Joe’s, I decided to pick up a bag of their Thai Vegetable Gyoza’s, which I thought I could easily work into a meal during the work week. Now, I don’t use a lot of prepackaged foods, but I loooooove dumplings, so these seemed right up my alley.
I was initially going to add them into a soup, and I still will, but half the bag ended up as a topping for this awesome salad. The sauce or dressing that I’ve included in this, can easily be modified if you’d like it less spicy or a little more sweeter. Just adjust it accordingly to suit your tastes. I personally like it a little bit spicy, but truth be told, I like a lot of spicy foods, so don’t mind me. *smiles* I also love the warm crispiness from the gyoza, mixing in with the flavors of the sauce and the fresh bites from the salad. It’s just a really nice combination.
Recipe: Serves 2
1 package of Trader Joe’s Thai Vegetable Gyoza
(Cook according to package – I would suggest using at least 4 dumplings per individual serving and I lightly pan fried mine)
1 Head of Romaine Lettuce (sliced in thin ribbons)
1/2 cup Shredded Carrots
1/2 of a Cucumber (Julienned)
1/2 cup of Edamame (Cooked according to Package)
1/2 cup of Purple Cabbage
1 sprig of Fresh Mint (just the leaves)
**Mungbeans would be nice if available
Ingredients for Spicy Dressing:
2 tablespoons of Rice Wine Vinegar
2 tablespoons of Tamari
1 teaspoon of Dijon Mustard
1/4 teaspoon of Sesame Seeds
1 teaspoon of Sesame Oil
1 Green Onion (thinly sliced)
1 teaspoon of Sriracha (more or less depending on how spicy you like it)
1 teaspoon of Garlic (minced)
1 tablespoon of Agave Nectar
Cook your Gyoza according to the package and set them aside on a plate. In a small bowl, mix all the ingredients together for your dressing. Taste, and adjust if needed. In a large bowl, mix together the ingredients for your salad.
Then plate up your salad ingredients. Add on your Gyoza, and then drizzle some of your dressing on top, and enjoy!