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Thai Noodle Salad

written by Julie Cohn

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The older your kids get, the more difficult it is to make a school lunch your kids will be happy with.  Now that my son is a senior, he is not interested in the cute little “bento” sandwiches any more, so my days of cutting star-shaped peanut butter and jelly sandwiches are over.  (Excuse me while I have a moment of silence for those cute little sandwiches.)  His palate is more “sophisticated” now, so he prefers “grown-up” cuisine for lunch (snort). Since I am not running a 24-hour/five-star diner around here (old family joke), my son gets what he gets (usually a turkey sandwich and fruit), but every now and then I try to jazz things up for him (I’ve got to win that Mother-of-the Year award somehow, right?).  This Thai Noodle Salad with chicken, vegetables, and noodles, then drizzled in a tangy-sweet peanut dressing, is exactly what his “sophisticated palate” craves…but now I have another problem.  This fancy food can’t be shoved into a baggie, so I had to come up with a new lunch packing solution.  Fortunately, I keep everything packaged nicely in Snapware® Total Solution food storage containers, so now this kid is getting a fancy lunch in fancy containers.   (I’ll take that Mother of the Year award now, thank you very much.)

{This is a Snapware®/World Kitchen sponsored post, but this recipe and my ideas are 100% my own.}

Snapware® Total Solutions

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Snapware® Total Solution offers food storage containers in lots of shapes and sizes, so I can put almost anything into his lunch, including Thai Noodle Salad.  The snaps on the side of the containers are easy open/easy close, keeping everything safely sealed inside without spilling.  I also like the Snapware® ice packs, which are thinner than most ice packs, fit right inside the Snapware® Total Solution containers, and keep food cold for up to four hours.  Most importantly, I like that Snapware® containers go from refrigerator to his lunchbox, then his lunchbox to the dishwasher.  Easy to use and easy to clean up!  My set includes:

  • Snapware® Total Solution Plastic 3.01c/712mL Small Short Rectangle
  • Snapware® Total Solution Plastic 5.02c/1.18L Small Medium Rectangle
  • Snapware® Total Solution Plastic 8.39c/1.98L Medium Short Rectangle
  • Snapware® Total Solution Plastic 1.34c/317mL Small Medium Square
  • Snapware® Total Solution Plastic 5.35c/1.26L Medium Short Square
  • Snapware® Total Solution Plastic 3.86c/914mL Medium Short Round
  • Snapware® Total Solution Plastic 1.21c/286mL Small Short Round
  • Snapware® Total Solution Plastic 2.01c/476mL Small Tall Round
  • Snapware® Small Rectangle Ice Pack 2 pack
  • Snapware® Medium Square Ice Pack 2 pack

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I was able to use one Snapware® Total Solution container for his salad (with an ice pack to keep it cold), another for his grapes, and I could have used Snapware® containers for dessert, potato chips, and more.   I could even use it for a #ThrowbackThursday star-shaped Peanut Butter & Jelly if I want to!

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Thai Noodle Salad

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This recipe makes enough salad for 3-4 meals, which worked out perfectly, as I had enough for my sons lunch, plus lunch for my husband and myself…all stored in Snapware® Total Solution containers, of course.

  • 1 Package Spaghetti Noodles
  • 2-3 Cooked Chicken Breasts
  • 1 Cucumber
  • 1 Red Pepper
  • 1 Green Onion
  • 3 Tbsp. Honey Roasted Peanuts

Peanut Dressing

  • 3 Tbsp. Smooth Peanut Butter
  • 2 1/2 Tbsp. Honey
  • 2 Tbsp. Soy Sauce
  • 2 Tbsp. Rice Wine Vinegar
  • 1 tsp. Finely Zested Fresh Ginger
  • 1 tsp. Fresh Squeezed Lime Juice

Cook the pasta according to package directions.  When finished, drain and set in the refrigerator to cool.  Cut the chicken breast into small bite-size pieces and set aside in a bowl.  Finely chop the cucumber or use a spiral slicer to make cucumber noodles. (Note:  If you make cucumber noodles, they blend into the salad and picky eaters will never know they are there!)  Finely chop the red pepper and green onion.   When the noodles are cool, mix the chicken and vegetables into the noodles.

Thai Noodle Salad 18In a separate bowl, whisk together the peanut butter, honey, soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, and lime juice.  Mix in the zested ginger.  Pour the dressing over the chicken and noodles, and toss together so the dressing coats all the ingredients.  Sprinkle the peanuts on top whole, or if you want to get fancy, chop the peanuts into small pieces, then toss into the salad.  Refrigerate or keep cold until ready to eat.

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96 comments

DJ 09/06/2015 at 6:29 am

My kids love pizza pinwheels for their lunches.

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Kimberly Bauer 09/06/2015 at 6:33 am

My daughter love peanut butter sandwiches

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Ali Celestino 09/07/2015 at 4:24 pm

My daughter is obsessed with chicken and dumplings and Carrots and celery with ranch!

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Michelle J. 09/07/2015 at 12:39 pm

Shaped hard-boiled eggs!

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Stacie S-H 09/07/2015 at 1:16 pm

I dont have kids but if I did I would give them chips & veggies and dip in their lunch

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Patricia Mingozzi 09/07/2015 at 1:19 pm

They love chicken nuggets.

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Kathryn Clobes 09/07/2015 at 1:22 pm

Spagetti and Meatballs always!

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latanya 09/07/2015 at 2:12 pm

lasagna

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Elizabeth Moore 09/07/2015 at 2:13 pm

Good storage containers are so hard to come by

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Debra F 09/07/2015 at 2:34 pm

My kids are now grown and have kids of their own. But when my 2 were little they liked the standard pb&j sandwiches with cookies and a banana.

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Saundra McKenzie 09/07/2015 at 2:37 pm

peanut butter and jelly sandwiches

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Annmarie W. 09/07/2015 at 2:42 pm

I would love this Thai Noodle Salad…but I’m afraid neither of my children would eat it. They’re just not into the ‘fancy’ foods. My daughter would probably enjoy bringing chili in a thermos as her idea of ‘fancy’. And my son would love to have a quesadilla or tacos in his lunch. That’s about as fancy as they get.

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Tina W 09/07/2015 at 3:14 pm

Anything put together on a skewer gets raves around here!

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Kellie McMillan 09/07/2015 at 3:27 pm

Turkey wrap ups

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kittyfrog 09/07/2015 at 3:28 pm

Spaghetti!

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Jennifer Scheldberg 09/07/2015 at 3:49 pm

PB and banana in a wrap

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Jessica To 09/07/2015 at 4:12 pm

My son likes a deli sandwich on soft white bread.

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Missy Marie 09/07/2015 at 4:36 pm

My daughter likes salad and my son prefers soup.

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Gina M 09/07/2015 at 4:41 pm

My son loves nutella sandwiches for a special treat!

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D Schmidt 09/07/2015 at 4:47 pm

My children love antipasto

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janetfaye 09/07/2015 at 4:48 pm

My grandson likes Tuna sandwiches or Ham sandwiches for lunch.

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Jessica M. 09/07/2015 at 5:02 pm

My daughter loves Chicken Lo Mein.

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Luna S 09/07/2015 at 5:40 pm

PB & J in fancy shapes!

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Lauren 09/07/2015 at 6:11 pm

My kids like vegetable sushi.

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Georgie C 09/07/2015 at 6:59 pm

Gelatin stars made with forms in Strawberry/banana

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Lee McKeon 09/07/2015 at 7:12 pm

My daughter loves chicken salad wraps!

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Debbie B 09/07/2015 at 7:52 pm

my child is grown now but would eat ham and cheese sandwiches – nothing fancy

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Julie Lundstrom 09/07/2015 at 7:59 pm

My son loves his peanut butter sandwiches, chips & cookies.

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Carrie Conrad 09/07/2015 at 8:34 pm

My kids favorite “fancy” meal is lasagna, cheesy garlic bread and apple juice served in wine glasses. And for dessert it is cheese cake with their choice of chocolate, strawberry or caramel sauce 🙂

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Rhonda R. 09/07/2015 at 8:35 pm

I think tuna salad and ham pinwheels are favorites around here!

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Leela 09/07/2015 at 8:52 pm

Grilled chicken salad.

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Sue Hull 09/07/2015 at 8:57 pm

When my daughter was younger she liked veggie and chicken sushi rolls that I made for her once a week. Fun special lunch. Thank you for the chance 🙂

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Angela Saver 09/07/2015 at 9:06 pm

Our kid’s favorite fancy lunch is I make Spaghetti Pie! They love it!

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melanie 09/07/2015 at 9:46 pm

hotdog bites with spaghetti noodles stuck through them.

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Austin Baroudi 09/07/2015 at 10:02 pm

My daughter loves lobster mac and cheese!

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Gina H. 09/07/2015 at 10:52 pm

Egg salad sandwich.

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Danielle magee 09/08/2015 at 5:10 am

My daughters favorite lunch is peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.

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Kayleen Deed 09/08/2015 at 7:23 am

My kids love “sushi” with seaweed as snacks for their lunches.

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Soo 09/08/2015 at 7:26 am

My son likes sunbutter and jelly “sushi” rolls.

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Meghan Berdelle 09/08/2015 at 2:51 pm

Probably italian!

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Laura J 09/08/2015 at 8:47 am

His favorite is sweet and sour chicken on rice! He loves when we have leftovers for lunch!

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Tabitha 09/08/2015 at 10:37 am

My daughter loves pulled pork sammies!

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Paul H 09/08/2015 at 11:14 am

My 3 year old daughter loves Brie & crackers

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wen budro 09/08/2015 at 11:50 am

My kids love shrimp scampi and chinese orange chicken over rice.

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Ryan S 09/08/2015 at 12:52 pm

Thin Spaghetti and meatballs with marinara sauce.

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Nancy 09/08/2015 at 2:21 pm

We love any sort of Mexican food for lunch!

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Ally 09/08/2015 at 2:38 pm

Peanut butter sandwiches…on french toast!

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breanna pollard 09/08/2015 at 2:47 pm

Any type of pasta is a hit with them.

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lissa crane 09/08/2015 at 2:58 pm

My daughters favorite fancy lunch is sushi. She loves all kinds and we have it as often as we can!

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Stefanie Gladden 09/08/2015 at 3:48 pm

turkey & cheese sandwiches!

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Alicia Humphrey 09/08/2015 at 3:51 pm

Big fans of pasta salad!

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Susannah 09/08/2015 at 3:55 pm

Pasta Salad, for sure!

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Vikki Billings 09/08/2015 at 4:33 pm

My grandkids love mini pigs in a blanket!

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Sara Filler 09/08/2015 at 7:08 pm

My boys are not into fancy foods at the ages that they are.

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Blessie Nelson 09/08/2015 at 7:50 pm

My little one loves french toast with melted cheese on top cut into dinosaur shapes!

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Wendy Rozema 09/09/2015 at 6:24 am

Turkey with cheese Sandwich!

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Becky Ann 09/09/2015 at 8:01 am

My kid loves faux sushi wraps 🙂

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Aimee Darby 09/09/2015 at 8:34 am

They love little pita sandwiches, if that counts as fancy!

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Jennifer H. 09/09/2015 at 10:59 am

They love a good old ham and cheese sandwich

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Amanda Whitley 09/09/2015 at 11:28 am

my kids wont eat anything fancy lol. they really love peanut butter and banana sandwhiches

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Heather Drollinger 09/09/2015 at 11:44 am

They love tiny sandwiches 🙂

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AnnMarie Johnson 09/09/2015 at 12:47 pm

cutting her sandwiches in 4 triangles. 🙂

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Maryann D. 09/09/2015 at 4:20 pm

My children and I also like whole wheat wraps with peanut butter and jelly and sometimes bananas in it.

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Virginia Rowell 09/09/2015 at 4:48 pm

My kids love my redneck eggrolls.

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kelly mcgrew 09/09/2015 at 5:17 pm

i don’t have children but my favorite lunch is a grilled chicken Mediterranean salad!

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Kelly D 09/09/2015 at 6:29 pm

My kids like when I make them a panini in our press with cheese and some veggies.

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Susan Christy 09/09/2015 at 8:20 pm

Turkey rollups.

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DeAnna Keller 09/09/2015 at 9:04 pm

My daughters favorite fancy lunch is a tuna/cheese sandwich.

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jenny stratton 09/09/2015 at 9:19 pm

PBJ is as fancy as my son gets.

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Marnie G (Derrick Todd) 09/09/2015 at 9:19 pm

I used to make them “fruit sushi” which was basically a couple different fruits cut bite sized and put together in a different way or wrapped in dried fruit. They thought it was fancy because it was “sushi”.

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Kim Reid 09/09/2015 at 10:03 pm

My kids loved BBQ pork sandwiches for lunch!

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Lindsey Khatri 09/10/2015 at 8:30 am

They love when I cut things into fun shapes.

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Margaret Porter 09/10/2015 at 8:55 am

peanut butter and banana sandwiches

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Joy Q 09/10/2015 at 9:57 am

My daughter loves sesame noodles with chicken and vegetables.

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Michelle Murphy 09/10/2015 at 11:56 am

Mine love quesadillas

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Allison 09/10/2015 at 12:49 pm

Salads with balsamic vinaigrette too! Thanks so much for the chances to win.

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Fiona N 09/10/2015 at 1:11 pm

My son loves chicken and mint salad 🙂

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Alpa 09/10/2015 at 2:18 pm

my kids love pizza bread as a fancy snacks options.

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Nicole Sender 09/10/2015 at 3:05 pm

My grandson only likes peanut butter and grape jelly sandwiches. Fancy for him would be no crusts!

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Linda kwolek 09/10/2015 at 6:04 pm

My kids favorite fancy lunch was different types of cheese and crackers.

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Julie Waldron 09/10/2015 at 6:04 pm

Bagels with cheese, my daughter loves it.

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liz l 09/10/2015 at 7:16 pm

Lol- crackers, cheese, and grapes

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Donna Teller 09/10/2015 at 8:54 pm

My niece loves my mom’s homemade mac and cheese. It is amazing!

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Colleen Maurina 09/10/2015 at 11:08 pm

He likes my cold chicken salad made with grapes and peanuts.

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Pam C. 09/11/2015 at 7:22 am

We all love the Country Style Hamburgers for lunch. They are so yummy.

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Sandra J 09/11/2015 at 8:14 am

My Granddaughter’s favorite is yogurt!

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Danalee 09/11/2015 at 10:28 am

We don’t do fancy at our house. PB and J and Top Ramen for lunch. 🙂

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Claire 09/11/2015 at 3:29 pm

burritos

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Kemi 09/11/2015 at 4:00 pm

ravioli. And my daughter likes it from scratch!

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Dawn Monroe 09/11/2015 at 4:19 pm

My kids don’t get to fancy but they do like sweet and sour chicken and eggrolls.

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Ann 09/11/2015 at 4:22 pm

My son loves cold chicken, frozen grapes, and yogurt with granola.

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Jenny Stanek 09/11/2015 at 6:42 pm

My son loves the veggie sushi you get at Whole Foods. No seafood or anything expensive but it looks very exquisite 😉

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Gail Fernandez 09/11/2015 at 7:14 pm

My son only takes jelly sandwiches every day. Nothing fancy for him!

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Brittani Adams 09/11/2015 at 7:47 pm

moms goolash noodle suprise =P

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Laurie Nykaza 09/11/2015 at 8:08 pm

A BLT is my daughter idea of a fancy sandwich.

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Noreen 09/11/2015 at 9:53 pm

Cocktail cucumbers, slices of cheese and salami with slices of homemade French bread.

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