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Applebee’s Oriental Chicken Salad & Dressing Recipe

Updated on May 25, 2017
Created by Sharyn's Slant
Created by Sharyn's Slant

I Love Applebee's Oriental Chicken Salad

It was about 10 years ago when my boss at the time ran out to pick up something for lunch and bring it back to the office so she could continue working. As she walked passed me, I caught a glimpse of something that looked really good in the see-through take-out container. So I just had to ask her what it was. She promptly handed me a plastic fork to take a taste and from that day on, I was hooked on Applebee’s oriental chicken salad.

For many years, I would call the Applebee’s near my work about 15 minutes ahead of time to order my salad and bring it back to the office. On occasion, I would actually eat in at Applebee’s too. And without question, I always order the oriental chicken salad. I never even look at the menu.

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This salad is offered at Applebee's in a “full” or “half” version. I must confess that I have never ordered the half version. To me, that is just silly. Of course, because I am addicted to this salad I want the larger version and also, the half version isn’t cost effective in my eyes.

Applebee’s currently charges $9.49 for their oriental chicken salad. The half size is $7.99. To me, that is really expensive for a salad. I will say, though, that this salad is on their “2 for $20” menu which means you can get two entrees and an appetizer for 20 bucks.

But times have changed for me over the years, and I do not work at that same job that was near an Applebee’s. In addition, I don’t make the income that I used to.

Recently, I thought about this salad and how sad I am that, for me, it is not something that is easily within reach or affordable. I did a little bit of searching on the internet and there are many “copycat” recipes for Applebee’s oriental chicken salad. I took a look at many of the recipes to help me decide what I thought would make this salad exactly like I get at the restaurant. And I’m excited to tell you that I believe I have put together a very simple, much less expensive recipe that is a true replica of my favorite Applebee’s salad.

Salad Ingredients

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“Just Like Applebee’s” Oriental Chicken Salad Ingredients (6-8 Servings)

  • 2 bags (9 ounce) Dole Classic Romaine bagged salad mix (with carrots and red cabbage)
  • 1 bag (25 ounce) Tyson Crispy Chicken Strips
  • 1 bag (3.5 ounce) sliced Almond Accents (original oven roasted)
  • 1 can (5 ounce) LaChoy Chow Mein Noodles
  • 4 chopped green onions (optional for garnish)

Salad Instructions

  1. Bake entire bag of Tyson crispy chicken strips according to package instructions. Although you can use the microwave or fry in oil, for best results, I suggest heating in the oven to retain crispiness.
  2. Cut chicken strips into desired size pieces. I cut mine to bite size approximately one inch.
  3. Layer the salad: You can prepare individual dishes/plates or layer the salad in a large roaster pan, approximately 17" X 12" X 3" deep, for easy serving.

As you will see by my photos, I decided to layer the salad in a pretty glass trifle bowl but I only used half of the ingredients for display. This recipe will actually fit better in an extra-large roaster pan.

  • Bottom layer: Romaine salad mix
  • 2nd layer: Almonds
  • 3rd layer: Chicken
  • 4th layer: Chow mein noodles
  • 5th layer: Salad dressing (recipe below)
  • Top layer: Optional green onion garnish

This recipe, using two bags of salad mix, will comfortably serve 6-8 large salads. Feel free to split all ingredients in half to serve approximately 4 large salads.

Salad Dressing Ingredients

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“Just Like Applebee’s” Oriental Chicken Salad Dressing Ingredients

I’ve never ordered this salad at Applebee’s without asking for extra dressing. It’s different and I believe, difficult to duplicate. I have tweaked a version that I believe makes you think you ordered it from the restaurant. It is so simple and so good!

  • 1 & 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup rice wine vinegar (plain not seasoned)
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup sesame seed oil
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard

Salad Dressing Instructions

Mix all ingredients preferably with a blender. If necessary, a whisk will work too. Keep refrigerated.

Salad Dressing Ready for Serving

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Use Your Discretion as to How Much Salad Dressing to Use

Well, I like a lot of dressing!  Source:  Sharyn's Slant
Well, I like a lot of dressing! Source: Sharyn's Slant

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4.5 stars from 22 ratings of Oriental Chicken Salad Just Like Applebee's

It's Really That Simple

That's it! So easy and tastes delicious. Now you can have your own Applebee's oriental chicken salad anytime you wish. I truly hope you enjoy!

This is Sharyn's Slant.

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    • Janine Huldie profile image

      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      I absolutely love this salad too from Applebee's and have just pinned this one to try hopefully very soon. I have also voted up and shared too.

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      Kelly Umphenour 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      I love Applebees! My fav is the spinach and shrimp salad. I usually get that for lunch when I go there. There's one about 1 mile away so it's a great lunch place to meet with friends.

      I'll have to try this - my husband loves this one!

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      Joshua Zerbini 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Sharon,

      Was it you who was asking about Applebees food the other night? :)

      Great recipe, looks amazing, and way more cost effective! Thanks for sharing Sharon! :) (that could be mini tongue twister! :) )

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      Marissa 4 years ago from United States

      My husband and sisters used to work at an Applebees, and this salad would come home with them often. It's so yummy! I'll have to try your recipe. :)

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      Sharon Smith 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hi Janine ~ YAY, someone else who it sounds like loves this salad as much as I do. Thank you so much for your feedback and sharing this hub.

      Sharyn

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I've only ever had Applebees Chicken Caesar salad. Your Oriental Chicken Salad looks and sounds delicious. Will try this soon.

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      Sherri 4 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

      I'm a big fan of Applebee's, too. I've never had the oriental chicken salad, mostly because I don't care for chow mein noodles and could never justify the cost when I could have their now retired Southwest Chicken salad. Sharyn, your recipe looks so good, I'm going to make it. I'll just leave out the noodles. :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Do you believe it? I've never eaten at Applebys....this recipe looks fantastic....I do believe I'll give it a try. Great job my friend.

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      Jake Frost 4 years ago from London, United Kingdom

      Looks fantastic, I will definitely need to try this

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      Sharon Smith 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hi Kelly ~ I've never tried the spinach/shrimp salad at Applebee's. Seriously, I have been stuck on this one forever. Since Dave likes this one though, definitely make it for him and see what he thinks. Thanks for stopping by.

      Sharyn

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      Maria Jordan 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Dear Sharyn,

      Like you I can be a bit of a creature of habit...

      I am only familiar with the "Fiesta Chicken Chopped Salad", never having given the other salads the time of day. Now I will plan to try this, both out and at home. It looks absolutely scrumptuous and I thank you for reminding me that I have choices!

      Voted 5-STAR-- UP & UABI! Great work. Hugs, Maria

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      Sharon Smith 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hey Josh ~ Yup, yup, yup, it was me. I was talking about copycat recipes in the Facebook group :) So, yes, this recipe is SO much more cost effective and really good too. Thanks for your feedback and the tongue twister!

      Sharyn

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      drbj and sherry 4 years ago from south Florida

      Hi, Sharon. This is my favorite salad, too, and the one I used to order the most when my assignments took me anywhere near an Applebee's. Thanks for the recipe which I will try for myself.

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      Sharon Smith 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hi Marisa ~ Oh gosh, I certainly would be in trouble if I worked at Applebee's, ha, this isn't the healthiest salad. Thanks for your feedback. I'm sure you will enjoy this recipe.

      Sharyn

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      Brenda Barnes 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

      I give you 5 stars for presentation alone. I do not at chicken and you made me want this salad. Great job on this recipe.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Yummy - this is definitely one to try. Thanks for the info.

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      Looks like you've captured the Oriental chicken salad...just think of all the money everyone will save because of your efforts! You haven't left anything out and I know everyone's going to try it. Great job.

      Voted up, useful and of course, interesting.

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      Sharon Smith 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hi Susan Z ~ and I've never had the Caesar salad at Applebee's. But I do believe if you like that one, you will love this. Thanks for stopping by!

      Sharyn

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      Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Your recipe has me quite excited Sharyn, I have never tried it before, your photos have sold it to me straight away!

      Many thanks and voted up

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      Sharon Smith 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hi Sally ~ Well you certainly could leave the chow main noodles out if you make this salad. I'm sure it will still be good but I admit, the noodles are my favorite along with the almonds. Thanks so much for stopping by, I hope you like it.

      Sharyn

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      Sharon Smith 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hi Billy ~ I do believe it. I'm not a person that goes out to eat often at all. So I am not surprised you've never been to Applebee's. And now you don't have to, ha. You can make this at home. I appreciate you stopping by.

      Sharyn

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      Sharon Smith 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hi JackFrost ~ I love that name. Mainly because it is the name of my favorite doughnut shop :) I am glad to hear that you will try this salad. Thank you so much for your feedback.

      Sharyn

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      Sharon Smith 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hey my dear friend Maria ~ Wuh, huh, uh, no way, we have choices??? Yes, it's difficult to like something at a restaurant and change what you order. I usually play it safe :) Many people may say it is boring, but I think it's smart, ha. I hope you like this one just like the only one you normally order at Applebee's. Thank you for always stopping by! Sending hugs,

      Sharyn

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      Sharon Smith 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hi Dr. BJ ~ well you certainly have good taste. I just made this salad again today. All I can say is YUM! Thanks for stopping by. Hope you are enjoying your weekend.

      Sharyn

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      Sharon Smith 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hi Brenda ~ well that is a nice compliment. Thank you so much! I'm sure this would work with a "chicken substitute" too. I'm glad you stopped by!

      Sharyn

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      Sharon Smith 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hello Glimmer Twin Fan ~ You are very welcome, I hope that you enjoy!

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      Sharon Smith 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hi tillsontitan ~ Well thank you for the compliment. It is a really huge difference in cost when you make it yourself. Thanks for your feedback and votes too!

      Sharyn

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      Sharon Smith 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hi Lesley ~ So you are "sold" - GREAT! I hope you love it. Like I mentioned in an earlier comment last night, I just made this again yesterday. I am definitely hooked on making my own Applebee's Oriental Chicken salad at home. Thank you for stopping by.

      Sharyn

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      Terrye Toombs 4 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      This does look yummy. I always get the spinach and shrimp salad when I get a salad but just might have to try this one. :) Great job, Sharyn!

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      Sharon Smith 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hi TT ~ thanks so much for stopping by. I just made this again yesterday and it was really good. No need for me to pay the high price for this salad at the restaurant. I appreciate your feedback!

      Sharyn

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      Cindy Murdoch 4 years ago from Texas

      This looks so yummy! I am going to have to try it!

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      Austinstar 4 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

      Good stuff!

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      Sharon Smith 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hi Cindy ~ it really is yummy. I admit, I am addicted! Let me know if you try it. Thanks for stopping by!

      Sharyn

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      Sharon Smith 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hey Lela ~ does that mean you've tried it? Thanks for stopping by!

      Sharyn

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      kelleyward 4 years ago

      I haven't had this salad in a while but I do really like it. In fact, it's usually what I get when I go to Applebee's. Thanks for sharing this! Voted up, 5 stars, and pinned. Take care, Kelley

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      Cynthia Calhoun 4 years ago from Western NC

      MMM, this looks really yummy! Thank you for sharing the "Applebee's" version, though I might have to start calling it Sharyn Slant's version. Hehe. I can't wait to try this! I think it looks wonderful for lunch or dinner. :)

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Applebee's is not available here but your recipe sounds delicious so who needs Applebee's!! Sounds so tasty, definitely going to give it a go, thanks for deciding to do your own spin on it!! voted up, useful and interesting:-)

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      livingsta 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Wow, looks yummy and healthy!

      Voted up, awesome and sharing!!!

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      kikalina 4 years ago from Europe

      Looks interesting but not too healthy so i am still undecided if to try or not.

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      Tammy 4 years ago from North Carolina

      I haven't tried this salad at Applebee's. It looks wonderful! Pinning and sharing.

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      PurvisBobbi44 4 years ago from Florida

      Hi,

      Thanks for the delicious looking recipe. I cannot believe that I missed this salad at Applebee's.

      I will try this one a.s.a.p..

      Thanks I shared with my FB friends and voted.

      Bobbi Purvis

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      Sunnie Day 4 years ago

      Yummy Yummy Yummy! Thank you!

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      Sharon Smith 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hi Kelley ~ YAY, another Oriental Chicken Salad lover. Thanks for your votes and sharing.

      Sharyn

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      Sharon Smith 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hi Cyndi ~ It is really good and simple too. It's filling, definitely a meal where you really do not need anything else. Thanks for your feedback CC :)

      Sharyn

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      Sharon Smith 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hi Suzie ~ Ha, that's right. You don't need an Applebee's near you. Just make this salad :) Thanks for stopping by, commenting and voting too.

      Sharyn

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      Sharon Smith 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      livingsta

      kikalina

      Tammy

      Bobbi

      Sunnie

      Thank you all so much for stopping by to read and comment. I apologize for being so behind in my comments. I love this recipe and I hope you do too. I was just at Applebee's last week, and yes, I ordered this salad. It's really hard not to for me. It was good of course but it just reiterated for me how much cost savings there is to make it yourself.

      As far as healthy or not, I would say this is not one of the more healthier salad options. At Applebee's, it does come with grilled chicken instead of breaded/fried. But overall, I think it's the dressing that isn't so healthy. But it sure is good.

      Thank you all for your time, votes and shares.

      Sharyn

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      Rebecca Mealey 4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      How clever to replicate a popular chain's dish. Great job! I love chicken salad, anyway. All kinds. I like it with grapes sometimes, apples and celery other times, and now I have a new CS recipe.Thanks! Sharing this one!

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      emilybee 4 years ago

      Wow this looks delicious. I think I'll try making it! and maybe some day try it at Applebees, too :) Thanks for sharing!

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      Theresa Ast 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      I love their Oriental Chicken Salad. How smart of you to figure it out and how generous to share it with all of us. :)

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      Sharon Smith 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hi Rebecca ~ I love chicken salad with grapes too, yum. This one is very different but oh so good! Thanks for your feedback and sharing.

      Sharyn

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      Sharon Smith 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hi Emily ~ I do hope you try this recipe. It is SO simple too. Kind of makes me think "why does Applebee's charge so much for it?" Thanks so much for stopping by.

      Sharyn

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      Sharon Smith 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hi phdast ~ Me too! I really love the salad at Applebee's and am so glad I can save money and make it myself now. Thank you so much for your feedback.

      Sharyn

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      Beth37 4 years ago

      This looks good, Id like to try it.

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      Sharon Smith 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hi Beth ~ I hope you do try it. It is SO good and really does taste like Applebee's. Thanks for stopping by.

      Sharyn

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      Missy Mac 4 years ago from Illinois

      Hi Sharyn's Slant; I am trying this recipe as well. I just visited the Hub on the Trifle desert. I love salads. Another great hub!!!

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      Sharon Smith 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hi Missy ~ this salad is SO good. I wish it was healthier but it is a wonderful treat. Thank you so much for stopping by.

      Sharyn

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      poetryman6969 2 years ago

      I am way to lazy to make the stuff but the next time I am at Applebee's I think I will give it a try.

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      Sharon Smith 2 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hey PoetryMan~ do give it try. It's really good and addicting. Thanks for stopping by.

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      Susan Deppner 2 years ago from Arkansas USA

      Sounds so good! I like the dressing recipe, which I'm sure could be used on any salad or perhaps as a dip for the chicken. Thanks for the yummy inspiration!

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      Sharon Smith 2 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hi Susan ~ the dressing is really good. It definitely would be good as a dip for chicken. Thank you so much for your comments!

      Sharyn

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      Audrey Hunt 14 months ago from Nashville Tn.

      Sharyn

      Love this recipe! I'm always up for a good salad. Haven't been to Applebees for years. I'm glad you included the map as I had no idea they were located outside the U.S.

      Thanks my friend.

      Audrey

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      Sharon Smith 14 months ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hello sweet Audrey! I haven't been to Applebee's in a long time either but I have made this salad and thinking about making it again some time soon. Thanks so much for stopping by. Hope all is well with you!

      Sharyn

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      Norma Lawrence 12 months ago from California

      Another great article. I like to eat at Applebee's but have never tried that salad. Will have to do that.

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      Sharon Smith 12 months ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Oh, you have to try it. The combination with the great dressing is addicting. Thanks for stopping by norlawrence!

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      Norma Lawrence 12 months ago from California

      You are welcome. I just started submitting articles to Hub Pages and only have 14. They are not doing anything but hopefully the will. I have submitted articles for years but must sites have left or quite paying. Your articles are great so keep it up.

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