Crunchy Asian Ramen Noodle Salad (a.k.a. Basically The Best Potluck Salad EVER)

I made a few modern updates to this Crunchy Asian Ramen Noodle Salad. It's still the same easy and crunchy salad that everyone loves, but made with natural sweetener and some tasty fresh ingredients!

Crunchy Asian Ramen Noodle Salad -- made with fresher ingredients, and ready to go in 10 minutes! | gimmesomeoven.com

Alright, show of hands.

Who else grew up eating ramen noodle salads?!?

I don’t know about you, but this salad was a Very Big Deal in my house back in the day.  My mom made it regularly and took it along to every potluck, picnic, and church function imaginable.  And we always came home with an empty bowl.  The whole world — or at least the Midwest — apparently loves a good ramen noodle salad.

Although when I texted her last week to ask for her recipe, she was the first to remind me that I did not come anywhere near this salad when I was younger.  Me and salads (and veggies and basically anything except for egg drop soup) did not mix when I was a kid.  But somehow I miraculously grew beyond my picky ways, and now enjoy a good ramen noodle salad as much as the rest of ’em.  (And hey, ramen’s even so retro that it’s back and oh-so-hip right now.  Who would’ve guessed?)

Still, I thought the old recipe could use just a touch of updating.  So I gave it a few healthier tweaks and added in some more fresh and colorful ingredients.  And after taking it to a gathering with some friends last weekend, I’m happy to report that it was still a raging potluck success.

Crunchy Asian Ramen Noodle Salad -- made with fresher ingredients, and ready to go in 10 minutes! | gimmesomeoven.com

Actually, when I was texting back and forth with my mom about the recipe, it turned out that she was planning to make a batch for an event later that day.  (Surprise, surprise!)

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She always likes to send me photos of “real food” versus my food-styled pics.  ;)

Although I have to say that hers looked pretty darn good!

Crunchy Asian Ramen Noodle Salad -- made with fresher ingredients, and ready to go in 10 minutes! | gimmesomeoven.com

She also approved of my idea of adding fresh mango, avocado and edamame to the salad, and added some to hers as well.  We both agreed that the extra ingredients definitely added a nice, sweet touch to the base recipe.

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As Mom mentioned in her text, our family’s little secret touch is to toast the ramen and sliced almonds before you begin.  But if you’re in a hurry, you can skip that step and make this a 10-minute meal.

Crunchy Asian Ramen Noodle Salad -- made with fresher ingredients, and ready to go in 10 minutes! | gimmesomeoven.com

And as I said in the text, I did decide to nix using the ramen seasoning packets in the dressing, since they’re full of MSG and who knows what.  I added a little soy sauce and sesame oil to the dressing, and think it ended plenty flavorful without the packets.

Crunchy Asian Ramen Noodle Salad -- made with fresher ingredients, and ready to go in 10 minutes! | gimmesomeoven.com

I also tweaked the dressing recipe a bit and swapped rice wine vinegar for white vinegar, honey for sugar, and a little less sweetener all together.  Because trust me, this salad is already plenty sweet.

Crunchy Asian Ramen Noodle Salad -- made with fresher ingredients, and ready to go in 10 minutes! | gimmesomeoven.com

But other than that, this is pretty much the retro salad we all love!  And it is SUPER easy to make.

Crunchy Asian Ramen Noodle Salad -- made with fresher ingredients, and ready to go in 10 minutes! | gimmesomeoven.com

Just toss all of your salad ingredients together in a big bowl.

Crunchy Asian Ramen Noodle Salad -- made with fresher ingredients, and ready to go in 10 minutes! | gimmesomeoven.com

Then pour in your dressing, and give it all a good toss until it’s combined.

Crunchy Asian Ramen Noodle Salad -- made with fresher ingredients, and ready to go in 10 minutes! | gimmesomeoven.com

And there you have it!  I’m pretty positive that decades of ramen noodle salad-o-rama has proven that this recipe is here to stay.  It’s crunchy, it’s sweet, it’s savory, it’s quick, it’s easy, and it will definitely be the hit of a potluck.  ;)

Crunchy Asian Ramen Noodle Salad -- made with fresher ingredients, and ready to go in 10 minutes! | gimmesomeoven.com

Crunchy Asian Ramen Noodle Salad (a.k.a. Basically the Best Potluck Salad EVER)

This updated Crunchy Asian Ramen Noodle Salad recipe takes just minutes to make, and is sweet, savory, and SO good!

Ingredients:

Salad Ingredients:

  • 1 (16-ounce) bag coleslaw mix
  • 2 (3-ounce) packages of ramen noodles, crumbled (you will not use the seasoning packet)
  • 1 cup shelled and cooked edamame
  • 1 avocado, peeled, pitted and diced
  • 1 mango, peeled, pitted, and julienned (or diced)
  • 1/2 cup thinly-sliced almonds
  • 1/2 cup thinly-sliced green onions (scallions)
  • Asian honey vinaigrette (see ingredients below)

Asian Honey Vinaigrette

  • 2/3 cup vegetable oil (or any cooking oil)
  • 1/3 cup honey (or agave, to make this vegan)
  • 1/3 cup rice wine vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons soy sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon sesame oil
  • pinch of salt and black pepper

Directions:

To Make The Salad:

(Optional first step: Heat oven to 425 degrees. Spread the crumbled ramen noodles and sliced almonds out on a baking sheet, and stir a bit to combine. Bake for about 5 minutes, or until the almonds and noodles are slightly toasted and golden. Remove baking sheet, and give the mixture a good stir to toss. Then return it to the oven and toast for an additional 3 minutes. Keep a very close eye on the mixture so that it does not burn. Remove and set aside.)

Add ingredients (including the vinaigrette) together in a large bowl, and toss until combined.

Serve immediately, or cover and refrigerate for up to 3 days. (This salad is much better eaten the first day, as the noodles lose their "crunch" the longer it sits, and the avocado may brown a bit. Still, it's perfectly edible and enjoyable even after a few days!)

To Make The Vinaigrette:

Whisk all ingredients together until combined.

If you make this recipe, be sure to snap a photo and hashtag it #gimmesomeoven. I'd love to see what you cook!

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  1. Chris — December 8, 2015 @ 9:41 pm (#)

    Looks yummy, Does anyone have a breakdown of calories, carbohydes etc?

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — December 9th, 2015 @ 9:19 am

      Thanks Chris, we hope you enjoy!

  2. Kyana Johnson — December 20, 2015 @ 11:01 am (#)

    How many calories are in each serving? Would you recommend this recipe for someone who is losing weight? 

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — December 20th, 2015 @ 10:48 pm

      Hi Kyana! While we feel that this recipe is pretty healthy, we unfortunately aren’t sure of the nutrition facts/amount of calories in this recipe. We currently are not publishing nutrition facts on the site, as the nutrition calculators available are not 100% accurate, and we never want to publish anything that might be misleading. However, a lot of our readers love the My Fitness Pal nutrition calculator, so feel free to try that for an estimate. We hope that helps!

  3. Paula — January 8, 2016 @ 9:41 am (#)

    The noodles go to the oven straight from the packet or do they have to be boiled? Some recipes boil them then fry them. Thanks

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — January 9th, 2016 @ 7:55 pm

      Hi Paula! They do not need to be boiled, but we do recommend toasting them if you have the time. We hope you enjoy! :)

  4. Billie — January 12, 2016 @ 12:26 pm (#)

    This is great.  I didn’t put the mango in and was still great.  I had raisins on the side for me cause not everyone wanted them.  I loved it with the raisins in it.  If you keep the dressing on the side and add it as you eat it, the salad lasts longer and doesn’t get soggy.

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — January 12th, 2016 @ 1:39 pm

      Thanks Billie, we’re happy you enjoyed this! :)

  5. Valerie — January 17, 2016 @ 3:28 pm (#)

    I have made this probaby 6-7 times now and it’s a hit every time. Sometimes I will use a couple small cans of mandarin oranges if I can’t find mango. I’ve also varied it in other ways and never had a bad batch. Thanks!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — January 17th, 2016 @ 10:35 pm

      Thanks Valerie, we’re so glad you’re a fan! :D

  6. nicole — January 19, 2016 @ 11:33 am (#)

    I’m throwing a going away party for a friend next month and this salad will definitely be on my menu!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — January 20th, 2016 @ 2:29 pm

      Awesome Nicole, we hope you and your friend love it! :D

  7. Debbie H — January 21, 2016 @ 4:26 am (#)

    So, let’s just say I wanted to add the spice packet into the dressing, despite the added salt and MSG, would I just add it straight n?
    Or would I have to make other alterations to your recipe?

    Making this over the weekend. Can’t wait to try it. Thanks!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — January 21st, 2016 @ 8:12 am

      Hi Debbie! Hmm, we think you could probably just mix the packet in with the vinaigrette – you might want to leave out the soy sauce though, otherwise it might be too salty. We’d suggest tasting it without the soy sauce first, then you could add some if you like. We hope you enjoy!

  8. Kate — February 16, 2016 @ 1:59 pm (#)

    This salad is GREAT! I made it as the only side to go with an Asian inspired salmon recipe and it was very filling. My husband and I loved it.

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — February 16th, 2016 @ 2:51 pm

      Thanks Kate — we’re so glad to hear that! :D

  9. Lauren — February 16, 2016 @ 6:23 pm (#)

    Just made this and it was really good! Only comment is that this temp was too high for the almonds and burned them. 

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — February 17th, 2016 @ 10:19 am

      Hi Lauren! We’re glad you enjoyed this, but we’re so sorry the almonds burned!

  10. Ariel — February 29, 2016 @ 11:52 pm (#)

    Can’t wait to try this! About how many portions does this recipe yield?

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — March 1st, 2016 @ 11:52 am

      Thanks Ariel — we hope you love it! It should make about 8 servings.

  11. Carol — March 3, 2016 @ 7:24 am (#)

    I made this salad last night for a family dinner.  There were 8 of us, including a 9 and 12 year old.  To a person this salad was a HUGE hit.  The entire salad was gone in one seating.  Thanks for creating and posting.  This will definitely take the place of my current Ramen Noodle salad.

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — March 3rd, 2016 @ 1:57 pm

      We’re glad it was a hit Carol! :)

  12. Brooke j — March 17, 2016 @ 9:41 am (#)

    My daughter is allergic to sesame! I was going to make this tonight. Can you think of a substitute for sesame oil? Thanks!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — March 17th, 2016 @ 2:49 pm

      Hi Brooke! You can totally just leave it out, unless you’d like to sub it with peanut oil. We hope you both enjoy this!

  13. Esme — March 25, 2016 @ 11:09 pm (#)

    I would love to pin this awesome recipe for future reference, but its not working.  Please help.  Thank you in advance.  

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — March 29th, 2016 @ 9:31 am

      Hi Esme! That’s strange, it’s working fine for us! You should see a push pin button once you hover your clicker over the photos. Then you should be able to click and pin.

  14. Khris — March 27, 2016 @ 11:09 am (#)

    Hi!! Love the idea of the recipe, but have some finicky eaters……think I can substitute apples and cranberries instead of edemame and mango?
    Thanks!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — March 29th, 2016 @ 9:27 am

      Most definitely! We hope you enjoy! :)

  15. Lisa — April 9, 2016 @ 3:44 pm (#)

    I am allergic to avocado and mango what else would you suggest to substitute 

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — April 9th, 2016 @ 10:17 pm

      We think a little fresh pineapple or orange would be yummy in this, and you could also add little raw broccoli florets. We hope you enjoy! :)

  16. Sk — April 14, 2016 @ 12:45 am (#)

    Hello, I have a question. Won’t the noodles not be cooked if you just toast them for 5 minutes? I am used to seeing them boiled. Could you please inform me as I’ve never tried that. Thanks in advance.

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — April 14th, 2016 @ 2:08 pm

      Hey there! Not cooking the noodles and toasting them instead just makes them nice and crunchy. You can totally boil them instead though if you prefer (either way would be yummy)! :)

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