Create a little luck and good fortune with this colorful salad 😉 Our Simple Tossed Prosperity Salad combines veggies, fruit, smoked salmon and a simple dressing for a sweet, savory and crunchy feast. The best part is tossing (the higher the better) so get the kids involved!
The only country that loves a holiday more than America is Singapore! They celebrate them all, whether they are Christian, Islamic, Buddhist, Hindu or Hallmark 😉 Chinese New Year, also known as Lunar New Year or Spring Festival, is the biggest and brightest holiday in both Malaysia and Singapore. It marks the beginning of a new year on the traditional Chinese calendar. Chinese New Year celebrations have recently come to an end this year, but we learned to make this salad so we can have it anytime!
Food is the center of Chinese New Year Celebrations
Endless celebrations with family, friends and business colleagues, primarily centered around food, occur over 15 days. One of our favorite Chinese New Year dishes is the Prosperity Salad, known as Yee Sang (or Yu Sheng). The pronunciation of fish in Chinese is yú, which is also a homophone for “affluence” or “abundance.” Sheng means raw, but also to “grow and prosper,” so the salad includes raw fish. Smoked salmon has become a popular, modern choice.
Both Singapore and Malaysia lay claim to this salad
The exact origins of this salad are debatable, but you’ll find it in both Singapore and Malaysia (but rarely outside of these two countries) throughout the Chinese New Year. You can even buy salad kits at grocery stores. Since we are moving back to the USA in June, we wanted to try making this salad ourselves!
We used the following ingredients for our colorful salad:
- Smoked salmon
- Fried wonton strips
- Chinese five-spice powder
- A simple dressing of plum sauce and sesame oil
This salad is very flexible, so be creative!
It’s simple to make this salad and the ingredients are flexible. If there’s something you don’t like — leave it out! If there something colorful that you love, add it in! You can also make a vegan version by skipping the salmon or adding a different protein. Just get out your spiralizer and get busy….better yet, put your kids to work! If you don’t have a spiralizer, the ingredients can also be cut into small strips, which might require adult hands.
The higher the toss, the better
Once you’ve completed all the prep, the ingredients can be assembled onto a large platter or bowl. This is where the real fun starts! At the table, give everyone chopsticks and start tossing together. People believe that the higher toss, the better your upcoming year will be, so don’t be shy and make a mess!
If you are curious like me, here’s an article explaining the origins and significance of the salad and its ingredients.
Happy cooking! Please comment or rate this recipe below if you give it a try 🙂