I know most of you guys have had this Asian Ramen Salad. If you have ever been to a potluck or pretty much any gathering of 20 or so people, it never fails someone will bring this dish. I’ll admit that I have taken it to my fair share of this to group events. It’s so dang easy and I don’t think I have ever brought home any leftovers.
Now this is my shortcut version because the hardest thing you have to do is open up a few packages, bottles and grab a few kitchen items. You can have this salad put together in well under 10 minutes. This recipe I am sharing today is what I use as a side dish. You can easily turn this into a main dish just by adding some thinly sliced grilled or rotisserie chicken.
As you can see by the ingredient list this is a very economical dinner option. I bet many of you guys enjoyed a bowl or two of ramen noodles when money was tight. These were a staple item for me and my college roommates. Heck, even after college I found myself picking them up so I’d have something to eat on those lean weeks.
My finances have improved since my college days but I will still pick up a pack of ramen noodles just for this recipe.
Now before I get a million comments about the use of the little packets in the ramen…you can leave them out. This is not something we eat all the time so I opt for the old adage…”everything in moderation.” I know they have MSG, lots of sodium and they might even have unicorn horn powder in them–tee hee. If you opt to leave them out, I might use a little chicken bouillon and soy sauce instead. For you all with food sensitivities, it really is a super simple recipe modification so give this a try when you need a quick and easy side dish (or main dish).
- 8 oz prepackaged broccoli slaw
- 8 oz prepackaged cole slaw
- 4 - 6 green onions, chopped
- ½ cup sliced almonds
- 3 tablespoons sesame seeds
- ¼ cup vegetable oil
- ⅓ cup rice wine vinegar
- 1 teaspoon sesame oil
- ¼ cup sugar
- 2 packages of ramen noodles with the enclosed seasoning packet (choose your favorite flavor--i went with chicken)
- salt & pepper, if desired
- Place the slaws and green onions in a large bowl.
- Toast the almonds and sesame seeds then set aside.
- Mix the oils, vinegar, sugar and two seasoning packets and whisk until combined.
- Pour the mixture over the slaw and onions.
- Add the toasted almonds and sesame seeds.
- Crush the uncooked ramen noodles and add to the mixture.
- Gently mix everything together Taste and add additional salt and/or pepper if desired
- Serve immediately.