Ramen Noodle Salad is a cabbage salad chock full of crunchy noodles, all covered in a tangy oriental dressing. The perfect refreshing salad that can be prepped in advance.
When it comes to salad recipes you’d actually enjoy eating, I love making broccoli salad, couscous salad, and an Asian ramen noodle salad.
I’m not going to lie. I’m not the person who enjoys any old salad. I know some people enjoy the simple lettuce and dressing salad but that never works for me. I am someone who needs plenty of textures and flavors to REALLY enjoy a salad. Luckily, this Asian noodle salad ticks all the boxes. It’s crunchy, crispy and with some much delicious flavors- Sweet, salty, tangy, and more.
It takes minutes to make and is one impressive salad to serve anywhere and everywhere. Pan-frying the noodles before adding it to the cabbage takes it up a level!
How do you make a Ramen noodle salad?
- Green and purple cabbage– Chopped or shredded finely. If you only have one kind of cabbage, that is completely fine. I only like using the two for some added color.
- Slivered almonds– Adds some extra crunch and really compliments the sesame oil flavor throughout.
- Ramen noodles– A single ramen noodle package, also known as 2 minute or instant noodles. Discard the packaging and flavorings, as they will not be needed.
- Soy sauce– To sauteed the crushed ramen noodles and almonds in, for added flavor.
- Sesame oil– For the Asian inspired dressing. Only a little amount will be used, as it can be quite overpowering.
- Apple cider vinegar– Gives some added tang. You can also use white vinegar.
- Maple syrup– gives a light sweetness to the dressing mixture, without needing any refined sugar.
Start by heating up a non-stick pan with cooking spray. Once hot, add the crushed up ramen noodles, slivered almonds, and soy sauce, and mix together until all the noodles are coated in the sauce. Pan fry for a further 2 minutes and remove from the heat and let cool. Once cool, add it to a large mixing bowl, along with the shredded cabbage, and mix until combined. In a small bowl, whisk together the remaining soy sauce, sesame oil, vinegar, and maple syrup. Pour over the salad and mix well, until completely mixed in. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and serve.
Can I prepare this salad in advance?
Yes, if you’d like to serve this salad at a barbeque, party, or even a lunch/dinner event, you can prepare it in advance. Just be sure to keep the three parts separated- the shredded cabbage mixture, the noodles/almonds mixture, and the dressing. when ready to serve, simply combine them all together. Do not prepare it more than 2 days in advance, otherwise, the cabbage will start to go limp and brown.
Can I enjoy this salad as a main dish?
I would eat this salad on its own, but it pairs well with other veggies and proteins, to give you more staying power!
- Protein– Add some grilled chicken, salmon, or even some grilled shrimp.
- Plant based protein– Serve this with grilled tofu, tempeh, or some garbanzo beans.
- Vegetables– Add broccoli, cauliflower, or a mix of corn and peas.
Tips to make the best ramen noodle salad
- Feel free to use a pre-packaged coleslaw mix if you’d rather not chop cabbage. The additional carrots throughout will give some added crunch.
- If you don’t like almonds, switch it up with cashews, peanuts, or even sunflower seeds.
- I used one ramen noodle package, to keep the salad on the healthier side. If you’d like even more noodles throughout, use up to 3 noodle packets. Just be sure to increase the almonds/soy sauce for sauteeing.
- Feel free to use other noodles, like Pho or Udon, for some different textures.
Storing ramen noodle salad
Leftover salad should always be stored in the refrigerator, completely covered. They will keep well for up to 3 days (from the day it is made).
Do not freeze the salad.
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Ramen Noodle Salad
- 1 package ramen noodles flavor sachets removed, gluten free, if needed
- 1/2 cup slivered almonds
- 1/4 cup soy sauce gluten free, if needed
- 1 tablespoon oil
- 4 cups shredded cabbage
For the dressing
- 2 tablespoon sesame oil
- 2 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
- 1/4 cup soy sauce gluten free, if needed
- 2 tablespoon maple syrup
- In a non-stick pan, heat up the oil on medium heat. Once hot, add the crushed noodles, slivered almonds, and soy sauce. Pan fry for 3-4 minutes, until all the noodles are covered in the sauce. Remove from the heat.
- Add the shredded cabbage into a large bowl. In a small bowl, combine the sesame oil, apple cider vinegar, soy sauce, and maple syrup, and whisk together until combined.
- Add the noodle mixture over the shredded cabbage and mix well, until combined. Pour the dressing all over it and mix well, until fully incorporated.
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I love a nontraditional salad too! I don’t use sesame oil but it’s always on my list to get because I know I should!
Ooo you’ll really like it Meredith- It’s slightly nutty but you only need a little bit to go a long way!
I’m not a noodle person, period. I like a little bit, but that is about all. But the broth and the veggies, hell yes. So basically the inverse of this 😀
Hahaha well…the dressing is bomb.com 😉
I like noodle salads, and your story was hilarious! Next time bring some butter lettuce and let them stuff the noodles in the leaves…done. LOL I need to make this. I see it making the summer barbeque lineup once we get the pool open!
LOL. I will do just that!
Please do- It will be perfect for the warm weather!
Dude these photos kind of remind me of the ones I just took of my Parmesan Rice….. twins?! I love noodles sooooo keep ’em coming.
Haha, nice. i actually shot these in February for a freelance gig but it got pushed back and back and back.
Noodles in salads are staples!
The sauce for this dish looks so fresh and creamy–can’t wait to try.
Please do! Not going to lie, I could eat the sauce with a spoon!
We eat a lot of salads around here…especially in the summer. But I can’t say I’ve ever made a noodle salad. Salads by definitely need to involve a head of lettuce, Arman. What the heck are you doing cluttering up the interwebs with this non-salad salad? The nerve. Haha! Just kidding, mate…this salad looks incredibly awesome. Next time, just hand your uncle some green-tinted glasses and tell him it’s a new kind of lettuce that’s shaped like noodles. 🙂
Well that’s great isn’t it. I have this Persian rice salad to share and now I’m going to throw it in a bin..made of lettuce.
I love adding sesame oil to my asian dishes! There is nothing quite like that flavor! This looks like a tasty meal for the warm weather…. for when the warm weather finally decides to show up!
I hope it shows up soon, Bridget- New York is so cold!
This is actually brilliant.. soy has given me some problems in the past, but I’m about ready to give it a run for its money and test it out again with this noodle salad! My “salads” are usually full of protein and squashes on top of vegetables so I really don’t know if that counts as a salad either.. and hummus/guac as a dressing basically the equivalent of this and the nut butter. Hearty pho life… GET IT!?
hahahaha. Dude. FB me your digits.
Omg pho is one of my favorite things ever! Love this cool version of it!
Thanks Lynn- It’s so flavourful and good!
Such a lovely salad Arman! The most important thing, it’s a diverse one, and you can easily eat it every other day, changing the ingredients:) I love the idea of using tahini – it will lift the salad up to the next level. Good work! P.S. Have a good flight and an amazing new chapter in your life!
Thanks so much, Ben- Greetings from NYC! I LOVE it with Tahini- such a good flavour!
I’d welcome this salad! Rice noodles are so awesome, I’d just pile on spinach and red cabbage and be very happy. Pinned!
Thanks Linda! Ooo I miss cabbage!
You had me at pho! I’m Vietnamese and I love pho! Woot woot! But you need Sriracha and a bit of hoisin sauce–two Vietnamese staples!
Mmm you should add those if you make it 🙂
Sesame oil is so delicious and can transform a dish into a bowl/plate of awesomeness.
Right?? Such a versatile ingredient!
Just reading through this and looking at the pictures I’d deem this a positively slurp-y dish. As in: the key criteria for eating spaghetti as a child – and driving your parents crazy. But yes, even as a non-pasta fiend I wouldn’t mind you sharing a bowl of this.
Oh no!!! It’s not really slurpy because of the thick sauce, but if you add more liquid it can be!