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Ramen Salad with Asian Dressing

Ramen Salad with Asian Dressing is the perfect salad for a buffet or summer picnic! It keeps well on warm days and doesn't wilt easily. Packed with color and flavor, it is a great side for chicken, pork, fish or beef!

Course Dinner, lunch
Cuisine American, Asian
Keyword dressing, pasta salad, ramen, vegetables
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 12

Ingredients

Salad

  • 1 9-10 oz ramen I use organic wheat noodle ramen Hakubaku brand
  • 1/2 16 oz package shredded cabbage and carrots (coleslaw mix) or about 1/4 of a head of cabbage, chopped small
  • 1 red pepper thinly sliced
  • 1 orange or yellow pepper thinly sliced
  • 4-5 cups broccoli blanched and cut into small pieces
  • 1 bunch green onions chopped
  • Mrs Dash and toasted sesame seeds optional, but recommended

Asian Dressing

  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 1/2 cup rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon cider vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon celery seed
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 2 teaspoons Mrs. Dash Seasoning
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • salt and fresh ground pepper to taste

Instructions

Salad:

  1. Cook ramen according to package directions. Do not over cook. Rinse with cold water, drain again. Place cooked ramen in large bowl or container.

  2. Combine the chopped vegetables (including cabbage or bagged slaw mixture) with the noodles in a large bowl, toss together and set aside.

Salad dressing:

  1. Combine dressing ingredients, whisk or place in blender until mixed well. Taste the dressing, it should have a little bit of a sweet/tart taste. If it's not tart enough, add a little more vinegar, if too tart, add more sugar.

  2. Pour the dressing a little at a time over the salad ingredients, tossing as you add the dressing. There should be about ¼ to ½ cup of the dressing leftover.

  3. Sprinkle the finished salad generously (1-2 tablespoons) with Mrs. Dash seasoning and sesame seeds. Toss again. Add additional salt and ground pepper if needed.

  4. Place the salad in a serving dish, sprinkle with a few more sesame seeds and Mrs. Dash. Refrigerate until serving.

Recipe Notes

  • Add a couple of sliced chicken breasts to make this a main dish salad.
  • Mrs. Dash is a combination of several spices, pepper, celery seed, onion, marjoram, thyme, coriander, cumin, orange peel, lemon juice powder to name a few. It gives this salad excellent flavor.
  • Buy sesame seeds in the Asian section of grocery. They are less expensive than in the spice section.
  • Don't over cook the ramen, it's easy to do, because the noodles are so thin. They really only take about a minute or two.
  • If you use traditional ramen in packages with a spice or flavor packet, you can discard the packet when making this salad.