Friday, September 21, 2012

Asian Ramen Salad

Looking for a way to make Ramen noodles "healthier"?  Why not throw them in a salad?!

Earlier this week the softball team participated in a cooking demo and we made as Asian Ramen salad that was a hit.

2 bags of coleslaw mix
3 packages of Chicken Ramen Noodles - set the seasoning packets aside
3 green onions, diced
1 1/2 cups slivered almonds (or whatever close amount you can find)
2-3 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 cup olive oil
1/4 cup salad vinegar
1/3 cup sugar
flavor packets from Ramen noodles (3 of them)

Place the three "bricks" of Ramen noodles into a gallon bag. Using a mug or your fist, gently break apart the Ramen noodles into bite size pieces.

Pour 3 tablespoons of olive oil into large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the Ramen noodles (not the seasoning packets) and slivered almonds, stir, and cook until toasted and lightly browned. Spread out on a cookie sheet and set aside to cool.

In a mixing bowl, place the vinegar, remaining olive oil, sugar, and the seasoning from the three Ramen packets. Whisk to combine ingredients to make a dressing. Set aside.

Just prior to serving, add the coleslaw and green onions to large serving bowl. Top with the toasted Ramen noodle/almond mixture and the dressing. Use two large spoons to toss and mix together all ingredients. Serve immediately.

Makes about 12 servings.

*You can prepare the sauce and toasted ingredients up to a day or two ahead of time. Keep them stored in separate airtight containers, and when you are ready to serve your salad, just empty both containers over the coleslaw/green onion mix, toss and serve!

*Add some shredded chicken to the salad to make this a quick and easy entrée!
Adapted from