Am I the only person in the world who doesn’t enjoy ramen noodle soup? The long stringy noodles plus the overly salty broth just does nothing for me. I know this is a go to staple for so many college students, but I could just never get down with it. I am certainly not above cheap food, this just wasn’t one I ever enjoyed.
One thing I can get down with though is the same stringy noodles, left raw, and crunched up in this salad! The noodle slightly soften after sitting in the fridge for a few hours or overnight, and the texture pairs perfectly with the crisp cole slaw mix. This salad is seriously bursting with texture. The sunflower seeds throw it over the edge and the salty bites balance out the sweetness and tanginess perfectly.
While this dish is so simple and no cooking is involved, the flavors and textures are so complex that it becomes an unforgettable dish that people will ask for again and again, my husband included! After discovering this dish at a work potluck last year, it became a staple on our summer menu. I look forward to warm weather so that we can enjoy this Crunchy Ramen Cole Slaw paired with all kinds of dishes straight from the grill.
Crunchy Ramen Cole Slaw
- 1 bag cole slaw mix
- 3 packs Ramen noodles chicken flavored
- 1/2 cup chopped green onions
- 1/2 cup sunflower seeds
- 3 tbsp. cilantro leaves torn
- Dressing: This is really just a starting point for amounts. Taste and add more as you go
- 1/3 cup canola oil
- 1/3 cup white vinegar
- 1/3 cup rice wine vinegar
- 2 tbsp. sugar plus more to taste
- 1 Ramen seasoning packet
Mix all salad ingredients, except for ramen noodles, together in a bowl.
Using your hands, crush noodles into pieces into the salad. I like to have a combination of small noodles and big chunks for a variety in texture.
In a separate bowl, whisk together dressing ingredients. Taste and adjust sweetness. If too sweet for your taste, add more vinegar. If not sweet enough, slowly increase sugar.
Pour dressing over salad and stir well to evenly coat salad. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours before serving so that noodles can soften.