Crunchy Asian Ramen Noodle Salad

This Crunchy Asian Ramen Noodle Salad recipe is quick and easy to make, tossed with a simple sesame vinaigrette, and perfect for picnics and potlucks!

This Crunchy Asian Ramen Noodle Salad is easy to make, tossed with fresh mango, avocado, edamame, cole slaw, almonds, and a sesame honey vinaigrette...and SO delicious! Perfect for potlucks, picnics, or as a simple salad or side dish. | gimmesomeoven.com

Alright, show of hands.

Who else grew up eating ramen noodle salad? ? ? ?

Chances are that if you grew up in the Midwest, this salad crossed your path at least a time or two.  My mom used to make it regularly when we were kids, and brought it along to every potluck, picnic, and church function imaginable.  And we always, always came home with an empty bowl.

What can I say — people love this salad!

That said, the original version that we made back in the 90s was a little more full of processed ingredients and sugar than I like to eat nowadays.  So a few years ago, I gave my mom’s recipe a few modern updates and shared it on blog.  But even in the years since then, I’ve actually made a few more updates — including making it with healthier ramen noodles (and even gluten-free ramen noodles, if needed), and adding in some extra veggies.  So since we’re entering the prime of potluck and picnic season, I thought I’d share it with you once more.  Because no matter the decade, I’ve found that people go absolutely nuts for this salad.  And it’s downright delicious.

 

Back in the day, this salad used to simply be made with:

  • cole slaw mix
  • sliced almonds
  • sliced green onions
  • a vegetable oil / white vinegar / white sugar vinaigrette
  • canned mandarin oranges
  • …and the noodles from those classic $0.29 ramen noodle packets

Nowadays, I still stick with the cole slaw mix (organic), green onions and almonds.  But I also like using (affiliate links included):

Plus, my yummy go-to vinaigrette for this salad now uses:

To make the salad, I recommend spreading the ramen noodles and almonds out on a baking sheet and toasting them for about 10 minutes until lightly golden.  (<– Tip from my mom!)  Then add all of your ingredients to a large mixing bowl, drizzle on the vinaigrette, give everything a good toss…

And in no time, this delicious salad will be yours to share and enjoy!

It’s still just as perfect as ever for picnics, potlucks, or church basement functions…or anytime you need a good salad in your life.  ;)

Enjoy, everyone!

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

This delicious Crunchy Asian Ramen Noodle Salad recipe is tossed with a simple sesame vinaigrette…and tastes absolutely delicious!

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

Directions:

To Make The Salad:

  1. Heat oven to 425°F. 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.
  2. Add ingredients (including the vinaigrette) together in a large bowl, and toss until combined.
  3. 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:

  1. Whisk all ingredients together until combined.

*You can use any kind of packaged ramen noodles for this recipe.  If you’d like organic (and less-processed) alternatives to the classic $0.30 packets at the grocery store, I recommend these organic classic ramen noodles or organic brown rice ramen noodles.

**I also like sprinkling mine with some toasted sesame seeds (I used black sesame seeds in the photo), but that’s totally optional.

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  1. This is such a pretty salad. I never grew up with this type of recipe, so I’m excited to introduce it to my own family now!

  2. Would coconut oil work for this instead of avocado oil?

    • Hi Michelle! We haven’t tried coconut oil in this, but we think it should work fine, and we bet it would be yummy!

  3. I tried to print this recipe and the embedded video came along with it to the print dialog page. Is there anyway to just get the recipe to print without me cutting an pasting it into another application? Thanks and I am looking forward to trying it this weekend.

  4. Ali
    You are so talented! Perhaps you can find a substitute to the genetically modified noodles.
    ???? It would be so appreciated.

  5. Can you use coconut oil instead of vegetable oil?

    • We haven’t tried that, but sure, we think that would be fine! Just note it will change the flavor a little bit, since vegetable oil is a neutral-flavored oil.

  6. This Asian noodle pie is a great addition to the menu. I will cook this dish for my family. But I have a question, is this dish irritable with different dish?

    • Hi Sheila! We’re sorry, but we’re not sure we understand your question.

  7. This is the kind of thing I’d love to serve in salad leave ‘bowls’!

    Lo

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  10. This salad is PERFECT for summer picnics! YUM!

  11. This looks sooo healthy and easy, thank you!

    Rating: 5
  12. Thanks Ali for this incredible recipe. I ran into this recipe incidentally. But it was totally amazing. I am an avocado lover. So I put more avocado than usual. It was a little bittersweet. However, it was still great. I could eat it all day without stopping.

  13. Mmmm this looks so yummy!!

  14. Thanks for the great recipe, Ali. I’m from the south (mostly – USAF brat), and I’ve never had this salad. But, I can just taste it now. Can’t wait to try it. It sounds like a perfect addition to an outdoor get-together!

    • You’re welcome, Patty — we hope you enjoy this, it’s definitely perfect for outdoor gatherings! :)

  15. At first thanx a lot for sharing this type of healthy recipe. I really an awesome recipe to me because I am very much noodle lover and I am sure that this recipe will be best to every noodle lover. I will surely try this.

    Rating: 4
  16. Love Ramen and this salad looks perfect for summer! Can’t wait to try it!

  17. Made this for the in-laws and it was a hit!! I was able to have it the next day for lunch as well. It was very easy to make. Love your recipes!!

    Rating: 5
  18. Delicious and lots of yummy flavors and textures. I found the dressing a little sweet but the second and third time I made it, I just used a little less. De

  19. Definitely 5 stars!

    Rating: 5
  20. Caloric breakdown?

    • Hi Cindy! We’re sorry but we are unsure 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!

  21. Everyone LOVES this salad!!!
    I went to reprint the recipe and it changed!! and the video prints with it… what a pain. I simply made a copy of mine for a friend.

    Rating: 5
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  25. I have a hard time finding foods my “meat and potatoes” guy will like and I was so pleased when he eagerly ate 2 helpings of this salad! It’s moist and crunchy and a great side dish for most any meal. Plus I can make it ahead of time.

    Rating: 5
  26. I would like to know if you have the nutritional break down of your crunchy asian ramen noodle salad

    • Hi Addie! We’re sorry but we are unsure 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!

  27. You are ALWAYS killing it over here. I mean, how in the heck do you make a salad look this good? It’s like magic!

  28. I’m wondering how this salad stands up over time. As in, mix and serve immediately? Mix, chill for a few hours and serve? Make a day ahead? Do the noodles get soft and mushy after a few hours/next day? Looks delish and I am going to make both versions of this but I need to know ahead of time of the best serving style for flavor and texture.

    Thanks

    • Hey there! If you mix the dressing in all at once, the salad won’t hold up as well (it will also make the noodles soggy, and the avocado doesn’t hold up well several hours later). If this is something you’d like to eat on all week, we’d recommend adding the dressing, noodles, and avocado fresh, each time you’re ready to serve/eat. We hope this helps!

  29. Loved this salad!!

    Rating: 5
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  31. Do you know the nutrition information per serving? A calorie count per serving would suffice.

    • Hi Kris! We’re sorry, but we don’t. 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!

  32. I love this salad and have made it a few times for dinner but also to take to family gatherings. To make it ahead of time, I toast the almonds and noodles but put them in a separate container and I also leave out the avocado. Right before I’m going to serve it, I toss in the noodles and freshly diced avocado. This way, nothing loses their crunch and the avo is nice and green! :)

    Rating: 5
  33. looks yummy, wish I could print it out, but it doesn’t work

    • Hi Gloria! Have you tried clicking the “print” icon located within the recipe box?

  34. Have brought this to several pot lucks and it is always a hit!!! Tip on bringing the noodles and dressing separate, and mixing just prior to serving is spot on! Makes for a nice crunchy salad. Thanks Hayley, we love it!

  35. Hi, Ali. I have a question about the dressing. I would like to make it today to take for a BBQ on the Fourth. I saw in a previous post it’s good for a week or two…but does it need to be refrigerated until I use it? All of the ingredients except for the soy sauce are kept at room temperature so I’m not sure. It’s always a hit and I can’t wait to share it. Many thanks!!

    • Hi Jenn! We’re sorry we didn’t get to your comment in time. No, you don’t need to refrigerate the dressing. We’re so glad you enjoy the recipe!

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  37. Perfect summer salad and my family loved it!

  38. I loved this salad! And, I’ve now started toasting ramen noodles to eat as a snack on their own– they’re amazingly good!

    Rating: 5
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  40. Any ideas for a substitute for edamame? I have to avoid soy.

    • Hi Matilda! You could use peas instead of the edamame, we think those would be a good substitute! :)

  41. Made the recipe. Served it with grilled salmon. DELICIOUS!!!!! Whole family enjoyed it. Thanks for the recipe. Definitely going into my personal recipe collection!

    Rating: 5
  42. I’ve been meaning to try a crunchy ramen noodle salad, so glad I found this one! It’s super delicious and I’ve been eating it for three days now (: I kept the toasted noodles and almonds separate and just mixed them in with my serving size so I still get the crunch days later!

    Rating: 5
  43. This is amazing! I’ve made it many times and it is always a hit!

    Rating: 5