Ramen Cabbage Salad

By Joy Huang | The Cooking of Joy
September 29, 2014
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Author Notes: This is Americanized fusion at its finest. Dry instant ramen is broken up and used as a type of crouton in this shredded cabbage salad, and the sesame soy dressing is enhanced by adding the contents of the ramen seasoning packet. The secret to keeping the ramen and almonds crunchy is to dry toast them in a pan and mix it in with the rest of the salad just before serving. Joy Huang | The Cooking of Joy

Serves: 10-12
Prep time: 5 min

  • 1 packet instant ramen (I usually use Maruchan's chicken flavor)
  • 1.2 cups slivered or sliced almonds
  • 3 tablespoons sesame seeds
  • 14 ounces bag coleslaw mix (I like to get the kind with green and red cabbage and carrots for color)
  • 4 scallions, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/4 cup canola, peanut, or another flavorless oil
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  1. Crumble the ramen into small pieces (I find it easiest to do this while the bag is still unopened). Save the seasoning packet for the dressing. Toast the ramen pieces, almonds, and sesame seeds on a dry pan over medium high heat until lightly browned. Set aside and let cool.
  2. Mix the coleslaw mix with the chopped scallions in a large bowl. Set aside in the refrigerator.
  3. In a small bowl, mix the rice vinegar, soy sauce, and sugar. Microwave for 30 seconds and stir until the sugar is dissolved. Pour into a small jar. Add the canola oil, sesame oil, and ramen seasoning packet.
  4. Just before serving, add the toasted ramen pieces, almonds, and sesame seeds to the cabbage mix. Shake the dressing and toss into the salad. Serve immediately.

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