Crunchy Ramen Noodle Salad is an easy recipe for summer parties and potlucks. This simple side dish is made with crunchy noodles, fresh veggies, and a delicious dressing that brings all the flavors together.

cold Ramen Noodle Salad made with broccoli slaw

Ramen Noodle Salad

Have you ever had Ramen Noodle Salad? I have to admit I thought it sounded a little strange when someone brought it to a friend’s barbecue but after I took that first bite I was sold! Now it’s one of my favorite salads!

Ramen Noodle Salad is somewhere between a cabbage salad and a pasta salad…only the pasta is made with Asian ramen noodles that are raw, , crunchy, and totally addictive! The sauce is salty, and sweet, and tangy all at once. It brings the whole dish together. This is the salad you have to make for your next cookout!

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How to make Ramen Noodle Salad

What is in Ramen Noodle Salad?

  • Broccoli Slaw – This is a coleslaw mix you can find near the standard cabbage slaw. It is made from broccoli and it’s totally delicious! Some people prefer cabbage for their Asian salad. If that’s you then you can substitute the broccoli slaw for regular cabbage slaw or even thinly slice cabbage yourself. 
  • Broccoli – I like some broccoli florets in my salad too so I buy broccoli crowns and cut them into bite size pieces to mix in the salad.
  • Red Cabbage – This is optional, some people skip it, some slaw mixes may already include it. I love the pop of color so I always add a little extra to my Ramen Noodle Salad. 
  • Ramen  – Obviously the most important part! For this recipe you’ll use instant ramen (chicken flavored!) which is a packet of dried ramen noodles that comes with flavor packets. When you add water it makes ramen soup but for ramen salad you’ll serve the noodles uncooked breaking up the noodles into crunchy chunks. Make sure you save the flavor packets that come in the packet as they will be used to give the dressing lots of extra flavor!
  • Sunflower seeds – Yum!! Sunflower seeds add a slightly different texture and I love their flavor. You can also substitute slivered almonds if you prefer. 
  • Green onions – A little extra color and flavor for the salad. 
  • Olive Oil – Better quality = better salad!
  • Rice Vinegar – If you can’t find rice wine vinegar, or don’t want to buy something extra you can substitute red wine vinegar, or even apple cider vinegar.
  • Soy Sauce – Soy sauce adds that delicious salty flavor to the dressing.
  • Sugar – This balances out the soy sauce and vinegar.
  • Sesame Seeds – They add a little flavor and a lot of drama. I even managed to find black sesame seeds. I love the look!

What Other Ingredients Can I Add to Ramen Noodle Salad?

The great thing about this easy Asian salad is that you can’t really get it wrong. There are so many different versions and all of them area delicious. The only thing you have to have in the salad are ramen noodles and the ramen seasoning. Here are a few more ingredients you can add or substitute in your own version of Ramen Noodle Salad:

  • Red Pepper – finely diced or cut into thin strips.
  • Shredded carrot
  • Slivered almonds – toast the almonds or serve the straight out of the bag.
  • Cooked chicken – make your own chicken with an Asian sauce or shred up a rotisserie chicken.
  • Sesame oil – add a few drops of this to the dressing for a little extra sesame flavor.

How to Make Ramen Noodle Salad:

  1. Place the broccoli slaw, broccoli florets, red cabbage, broken up Ramen noodles (set seasoning packets to the side for the dressing), sunflower seeds, and green onions in a large bowl and toss together.
  2. In a separate bowl whisk together the oil, rice wine vinegar, sugar, soy sauce, and both packets of ramen seasoning. Make sure to stir long enough to let the sugar and ramen seasoning dissolve into the dressing before the next step.
  3. Pour the dressing over the vegetables and toss until fully coated.
  4. Sprinkle with sesame seeds.
  5. Cover tightly and place in the refrigerator for at least 3 hours.
  6. Serve and enjoy!

holding a bowl of Ramen Noodle Salad

One of the reasons I love this salad is that it’s perfect for parties! Ramen Noodle Salad needs to be made ahead of time, all you have to do is throw the ingredients in a bowl and toss them together, and it is served cold or room temperature.

Throw everything together in the morning and take it with you to the afternoon potluck. Your friends are going to love having something different than the usual potato and pasta salads, and I promise you won’t have any leftovers to carry home :).

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Servings: 8
Prep Time: 20 mins
Chill Time: 3 hrs
Total Time: 3 hrs 20 mins

Ramen Noodle Salad

Crunchy Ramen Noodle Salad is an easy recipe for summer parties and potlucks. This simple side dish is made with crunchy noodles, fresh veggies, and a delicious dressing that brings all the flavors together.
cold Ramen Noodle Salad made with broccoli slaw
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4.13 from 16 votes

Ingredients

Salad:

  • 12 oz Broccoli Slaw Mix
  • 2 cups Broccoli Florets
  • 1 cup Red Cabbage, thinly sliced
  • 2 packets Chicken Ramen , break up the noodles into chunks and keep the seasoning packets for dressing
  • ½ cup Sunflower Seeds
  • 2 tablespoons Green onions, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon Sesame Seeds

Dressing:

  • ½ cup Olive Oil
  • ¼ cup Rice Wine Vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons Soy sauce
  • 3 tablespoons Sugar
  • 2 packets Ramen Seasoning

Instructions

Salad:

  • Place the broccoli slaw, broccoli florets, red cabbage, Ramen noodles (set seasoning packets to the side for the dressing), sunflower seeds, and green onions in a bowl and toss together.
  • In a separate bowl whisk together the dressing ingredients: oil, rice wine vinegar, sugar, soy sauce, and both packets of ramen seasoning. 
  • Pour the dressing over the vegetables and toss until fully coated.
  • Sprinkle with sesame seeds.
  • Cover tightly and place in the refrigerator for at least 3 hours.
  • Serve and enjoy!
Nutrition Disclaimer: We are not certified nutritionists. Nutrition facts are an estimate and are provided as a courtesy. They are generated by an online API which recognizes ingredient names and amounts and makes calculations based on the serving size. Results may vary.
Author: Kat Jeter & Melinda Caldwell
Course: Side
Cuisine: American
Keyword: potluck recipe, ramen noodle salad, ramen salad

This recipe was originally published on June 18, 2018. It was republished with updated instructions on 5/29/2019.