Potluck recipes for a large gathering need to hit on all marks, but especially the pleasing part.
This Oriental Ramen Salad hits the mark on many levels:
* It’s crunchy with a creamy dressing.
* The creamy dressing is made with fat-free evaporated milk, providing rich, creamy flavor but no fat.
* The component parts can be made ahead, stored separately, and transported to the party, so the salad can be tossed together at the last minute.
* It can also be boosted to entrée status with the addition of pre-cooked chicken pieces or grilled shrimp.
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Oriental Ramen Salad
2 tablespoons butter or margarine
1 package (3 ounces) dry oriental-flavor ramen noodle soup, noodles crumbled and seasoning packet reserved
1/2 cup sliced almonds
2/3 cup (5 fluid-ounce can) NESTLÉ CARNATION Evaporated Fat Free Milk
2/3 cup vegetable oil
3 tablespoons white vinegar
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
2 packages (10 ounces each) romaine-radicchio salad greens
4 green onions, sliced diagonally

Melt butter in large skillet. Add crumbled ramen noodles and nuts; cook, stirring constantly, until noodles are golden. Remove from pan; cool. Place evaporated milk, oil, ramen seasoning packet, vinegar and sugar in blender; cover. Blend until smooth. Combine salad greens, noodle mixture, green onions and dressing in large bowl; toss to coat well. Serve immediately.
Nutrition Information per serving: 300 calories; 210 calories from fat; 25 g total fat; 4.5 g saturated fat; 10 mg cholesterol; 115 mg sodium; 18 g carbohydrate; 3 g fiber; 8 g sugars; 4 g protein; 6% calcium
Makes 8 servings. Courtesy of Family Features/ Jenny Harper, Senior Culinary Specialist for the Nestlé Test Kitchens and VeryBestBaking.com.