This Crunchy Ramen Noodle Salad has been a go to summer time picnic recipe for our family for years. Crunchy ramen noodles are mixed with coleslaw mix and a tangy vinegar dressing to create the easiest no cook salad recipe ever!Easy Coleslaw Recipe with Ramen

Crunchy Ramen Noodle Salad

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. But put ramen noodles into a salad and I am all in! Seriously, I could easily put down this bowl of ramen noodle salad all by myself!

Do you cook the ramen noodles in this recipe?

No! This recipe is no cook! Don’t warm up your stove or oven for this easy side dish recipe! The dressing “cooks” the noodles and they soften as they sit in the refrigerator.Crunchy Ramen Cole Slaw

This salad is seriously bursting with texture. So many different textures and flavors work so well together in this recipe! I short cut I like to take is buying the asian salad mixture in the store. It has cilantro, almonds, and crispy wonton strips. Instead of purchasing these items separately, it is cheaper to buy in the bag. You can find it in any produce section at the grocery store.
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. It pairs so nicely with chicken, fish, pork, or even steaks.
Ramen Noodle Salad
Since this dish gets better as it ages, it is the perfect make ahead dish for any picnic or potluck. I think it is best served cold straight from the fridge, but it is fine at room temperature too if you are traveling with it!

Looking for more summer side dish recipes?

Bacon and Roasted Corn Potato Salad

Antipasto Pasta Salad

BLT Pasta Salad

Crunchy Ramen Noodle Salad

This Crunchy Ramen Noodle Salad is an easy summer side dish recipe, bursting with flavor and texture!

Course Side Dish
Cuisine Chinese
Prep Time 5 minutes
Servings 8 people


  • 1 bag cole slaw mix
  • 1 bag Asian Salad Blend a mix of cabbage, green onions, cilantro, almonds, etc.
  • 2 packs Ramen noodles chicken flavored
  • 1/2 cup chopped green onions
  • 1/2 cup sunflower seeds
  • 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


  1. Mix all salad ingredients, except for ramen noodles, together in a bowl.
  2. 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. 
  3. 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. 
  4. 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. 

Crunchy Ramen Noodle Salad

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10 thoughts on “Crunchy Ramen Noodle Salad

  1. This sounds fun and easy! Do the Ramen noodles soften up while it sits?
    ~ Kimberly S @

  2. No, you’re not alone in not enjoying noodle soup. This sounds like quite an interesting recipe though. I don’t know what raw noodles taste like.

    1. They aren’t completely raw once the dressing sits on it for a while! They are slightly soft but still have great texture!

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