Chinese Chicken Salad

Mckell was kind enough to share this delicious salad with me over the weekend. She found the recipe on My Kitchen Cafe and it is SOOO good! I was feeding Preston while she dished it up and she knows me well enough that she even took a picture of it for me before we started eating without me asking :-). Mike had some too and LOVED it. I will definitely make it on my own sometime! Thanks for sharing!!!

1 package (3 ounces) oriental-flavor ramen noodle soup mix (I often use two packages of the noodles to give my kids more crunch to eat)
½ cup pre-sliced almonds
¾ cup bottled red wine vinaigrette (or make your own following the recipe below)
1/2 package (16 ounces) coleslaw mix or broccoli slaw mix
1 package romaine lettuce
2 cups shredded cooked chicken
½ cup fresh cilantro leaves (optional)
2 scallions, both white and light green parts, chopped

-Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Break up the ramen noodles with your hands and place them and the almonds on a rimmed baking sheet. Bake until the noodles and almonds turn light brown, 6 to 7 minutes.
-Meanwhile, pour the red wine vinaigrette into a measuring cup (or make your own with the recipe below) and stir in the packet of seasoning from the ramen noodle soup mix. Set the salad dressing aside. Place the slaw mix (I only use 1/2 bag), romaine lettuce, chicken, cilantro and scallions in a large serving bowl.
-Toss to combine the ingredients well. Just before serving, pour the salad dressing over the salad and toss to coat. Scatter the toasted almonds and noodles on top and serve.

Serves 4 to 6 as a main course

Homemade Red Wine Vinaigrette
Whisk together:
¾ cup vegetable oil
6 tablespoons red wine vinegar
4 tablespoons sugar
½ teaspoon black pepper
Ramen noodles seasoning packet