Oriental (Asian) Coleslaw

 

From the time I got to taste this delicious salad many years ago during one of our church potluck dinners, I was hooked. I must admit the first time I saw this salad, I thought it looked weird. Uncooked ramen noodles on top? Really?

I’ve tasted so many ramen noodles in my lifetime. After all it’s very popular in Asia, including the Philippines but I have never ever, while I lived there, eaten uncooked ramen noodles. I didn’t even realize that was possible. I have always pictured Ramen noodles floating on a hot and steaming bowl of broth but never on a salad!

 

 

Setting my preconceived ideas about ramen noodles on salad aside, I decided to give it a try. After one or two mouthfuls, I instantly loved this delicious coleslaw. I was totally surprised at the flavor and how delicious it was! And of course the crunch factor from the almonds, sunflower and the ramen itself was totally great! Thankfully, I found the exact recipe on our church’s very own cookbook.

 

 

While perhaps many of you already know about this Oriental Coleslaw, I decided to post the recipe here for the benefit of many who like me, previously, never knew that there was a salad like this. Nowadays, whenever I have an Asian themed dinner at home and especially when I am pressed for time – this is my go to salad. Easy to prep – how about 10 minutes or less tops – and of course, it’s reliably delicious. I’ve had many happy reviews about this and also requests for the recipe. So go, make this and enjoy!

 

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Oriental (Asian) Coleslaw

By: Manila Spoon

July 29, 2015

Very easy and tasty salad to make – ramen noodles, almonds and sunflower seeds provide the crunch and the dressing is quite tasty. You can’t go wrong with this Oriental (Asian) Coleslaw. Perfect for picnics and potlucks, or any gathering!

Ingredients

  • 1 (14-16 oz) package Coleslaw Mix (Cabbage or Broccoli or a combo)
  • 1 bunch Green Onions, sliced thinly
  • 1/2 cup toasted and slivered Almonds
  • 1/2 cup Sunflower Seeds
  • 1 (3 oz) package chicken-flavored Ramen Noodles
  • 1/2 cup Sunflower (or Peanut) Oil
  • 1/3 cup Cider Vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons Brown Sugar (or to taste)

 

Instructions

  1. Combine the coleslaw mix, green onions, almonds and sunflower seeds in a salad bowl. Mix the seasoning packet from the ramen noodles with the oil, cider vinegar and sugar in a separate container.
  2. Just before serving, break half the ramen noodles into smaller pieces and place on top of the coleslaw mix. Pour the dressing and toss everything to coat. Break the remaining Ramen noodles and scatter on top. Garnish with extra green onions, if desired.

Yield: 6 Servings
Prep Time: 10 Minutes
Cooking Time: 0 Minutes
Total Time: 10 Minutes

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34 Comments

    • July 30, 2015 / 12:04 am

      Thanks, Trish – it has become a true favorite! 🙂

  1. July 29, 2015 / 4:02 pm

    Wow, this looks awesome! I could have no problems eating it all! And the use of ramen noodles, I totally understand your hesitancy 🙂

    • August 1, 2015 / 1:59 am

      But I am glad that I tried it and now I am so hooked, Kacey!

  2. July 29, 2015 / 4:54 pm

    This looks SO good, I love how you've got a rainbow of vegetables here. The ramen noodles are a must-have for any asian salad!

  3. July 29, 2015 / 8:54 pm

    This is my kind of coleslaw! I love the flavors and the extra crunch the nuts adds in!

    • August 1, 2015 / 2:00 am

      It has all the yummy textures for sure! Thanks, Julia!

  4. July 29, 2015 / 9:29 pm

    Oh Abby, just everything about this dish, definitely want to make this soon. Awesome flavors and beautiful pictures. The addition of nuts are just yummy! I know I could eat this almost everyday! 🙂

  5. July 29, 2015 / 10:06 pm

    I have been seeing ramen noodle salads pop up all over the place and now after seeing this one I have decided that I really need to give it a try. This looks fabulous!

  6. July 30, 2015 / 1:03 am

    Oh how I love a slaw with no mayo!! This one is a keeper!

    • August 1, 2015 / 2:01 am

      This one doesn't need mayo and it still so yum!

  7. July 30, 2015 / 3:53 am

    Love this! It's been ages since I've had ramen on salad. I actually liked raw crunchy ramen as a snack when I was a teen!

    • August 1, 2015 / 2:02 am

      I should have done that when I was younger! Oh well, better late than never!

  8. July 30, 2015 / 4:43 am

    Looks wonderful. And all those marvelous flavors and textures. Must try! 🙂

  9. July 30, 2015 / 10:52 am

    Beautiful looking slaw! I love the crunchy addition of ramen noodles.

  10. July 30, 2015 / 12:52 pm

    I know, it does seem so strange that the noodles were cooked. I wasn't convinced until I tried it. You have so many delicious layers of flavor in this salad.

    • June 22, 2017 / 1:58 pm

      Also What I do with almond slivers and the romen broke up I cook it before hand on a pan in the oven. 350 degrees for 5 min or so to let it get a little dark and the flavor is amazing 🙂 Just a tip 🙂

  11. May 10, 2016 / 12:38 pm

    Oooooh, this would be great for a potluck!

  12. May 10, 2016 / 10:11 pm

    LOVE this coleslaw! It would be perfect for Memorial Day!!!

  13. June 10, 2016 / 5:23 pm

    Can I use canola oil instead of sunflower or peanut? Also, is cider vinegar, apple cider vinegar? I'm making this tomorrow. Thanks!

    • June 11, 2016 / 2:48 pm

      Hi Wendy! Yes, you may and yes, it's apple cider vinegar! Please enjoy and hope that helps!

  14. Anonymous
    June 17, 2017 / 12:32 am

    Pinned. Thank you for sharing.

  15. June 21, 2017 / 10:41 pm

    I made this and added cooked cold chicken breast, 1/2 cup sesame sticks, 1/2 cup de-shelled edamame, and 1/2 cup wasabi peas. Amazing! Thanks for the recipe.

  16. June 22, 2017 / 1:59 pm

    What I do is bake the almond slivers and romen noodles after breaking them apart . Bake at 350 degrees in oven for 5 min or until golden on top and then I put them over the salad after cooled a bit. SOOO GOOOD . Also I've seen this recipe added with soy sauce in it. But I don't think it taste as good. I've also used Olive oil. Kind of whatever Oil you have on hand . IT is good!!!

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