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Unknown Salad Topping

 On 7/28/2019 3:51 PM, laurel wrote:

Hello Phaedrus,
Enjoyed a salad with lettuce a few blueberries strawberries and a lite creamy dressing.
BUT, atop of this mixed said were things that looked like chow mein noodles; 
however straight, thinner, squared off like the finest julienne, browned, not oily 
and the best part was the shreds tasted like coconut!  Just yummy!
Just toasted coconut shreds is really all I found online, but these were all uniformly browned. 
I am stumped!
Could it have been some kind of noodle fried in coconut oil?
I sure would appreciate any help you can provide!

On Jul 29, 2019, at 5:13 AM, Phaedrus wrote:

Hi Laurel,

Where did you have this salad?


Subject: Salad Topper!
From: laurel 
Date: 7/29/2019, 7:06 AM

It was at a local ELKS where food was catered.

That little touch really elevated a ho-hum salad.

I really appreciate your efforts on my behalf.


On Jul 29, 2019, at 8:08 AM, Phaedrus wrote:

Hi Laurel,

Sorry, if it wasn't chow mein noodles or croutons or toasted coconut, then I have no idea. Your best bet is probably to call that Elks club and ask who the caterer was, then call the caterer and ask them what was on the salad.

I'll post this for reader input.


Subject: Salad Topper!
From: laurel 
Date:  7/29/2019, 8:51 AM

That was exactly what I planned to do if you couldn’t help.
If you would like, I will share what I learned.
Should be interesting!
Thank you very much for your time.
On 8/24/2019 3:34 AM, kristin wrote:

Hi Uncle Phaedrus- I think I may know what that person was talking about, 
with the salad toppers " that were flat, squared off julienned" things. I 
have had countless numbers of those salads- at Houston's - now it's called 
Hillstone at least in Phoenix AZ, these wonderful salads they only serve 
during summer. I always wondered what those things were myself but was 
afraid to ask, for fear of appearing naive! lol- they are toasted tortilla 
strips. The coconut may have been from a coconut basil dressing, or coconut 
Italian dressing as using coconut oil in the dressings was a thing for a 
while. I bet if you ask them if they could be tortilla strips baked or fried, 
they might agree.


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