Ramen Asian Salad – Happy New Year!


Ramen Asian Salad

I consider my real New Years Day the day my kids go back to school each year. I don’t know why but that has always felt like the beginning of a new year to me ever since I was little. I get very emotional and sentimental around that time of year. So, actually New Years Day is kind of anti-climactic for me. I will raise a toast and think back over the past year just as most of the world will do. When I look back I hope to see all the good that has happened this year and not dwell on the things I cannot change in the world. Yes, I can be an agent of change but I cannot make the world change by myself. I hope and pray there are people all over making the same resolution to bring calm, peace and joy into the world around us.

That is my wish for all who read this. I wish for you peace, calm and joy in your life. May each day begin with a smile and end each day with a feeling of contentment in a job well done and a life well lived. Happy New Year to each and every one of you!

My sense of calm is beginning with my family. To not dwell on making everything as it should be but rather let it be as we need it to be to work for us and our family. This salad was the beginning of that change. Make things good but keep it simple to not take away from our family time.

This salad was the hit of the Potluck Circuit about 10 years ago. You would find it in all different forms at every Potluck you attended. But, since then it has fallen away to be replaced by new and fancier salads made with kale, blood oranges and beets.

I love this salad. I hadn’t made it in about 5 years but when a Potluck was arranged I decided I needed to try to have this salad make a revival. I made it a bit easier to make by switching out my usual chopped Bok Choy for pre-shredded coleslaw mix, frozen edamame and pre-sliced and toasted almonds. It cut the prep time down and it was ready to go in less than 15 minutes!

This salad is hearty and offers something different from the meatballs, macaroni and cheese and Christmas cookies that were filling the tables at the Potluck.

Verdict:

The recipe below is a single recipe. I doubled the recipe to make a large mixing bowl full of salad. There were 2-3 servings left at the end of the Potluck. Considering all the food that was there it was a hit in my mind! Plus it left enough for a dinner serving later!

Ingredients:

  • 1 (16 oz) package of pre-shredded coleslaw mix
  • 2 (3 oz) packages of Ramen Noodles, any flavor (discard flavor packets)
  • 8 oz. frozen edamame, boiled or microwaved according to package directions, then cooled
  • 6 oz. sliced toasted almonds
  • 1/4 cup butter

Vinaigrette:

  • 2/3 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 – 1/2 cup sugar (start with less and add more to taste)
  • 1/3 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • salt and pepper

Directions:

  1. Melt butter in a large skillet over medium high heat. Crush Ramen noodles into small, bite size pieces and add to the skillet. Saute’ the noodles until they turn golden brown. Remove pan from heat and allow to cool.
  2. Mix coleslaw mix, edamame and almonds in a large bowl.
  3. Mix vinaigrette ingredients until well combined. Taste and adjust spices and sugar to suitΒ your tastes.
  4. Add Ramen noodles to salad with vinaigrette and mix well. Allow to sit for 10-15 minutes before serving to allow flavors to meld together. Stir before serving.

21 Comments Add yours

  1. What lovely wishes, I wish you the same! Yuummmy salad!

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    1. koolaidmoms says:

      Thank you!

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      1. I also feel the new year starts when the kids head back to school! x

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  2. Pat says:

    This salad has never gone out of favor in our family. I was delighted several years ago when I could start buying shredded cabbage and shredded carrots. It made it so much quicker to make! Never thought to add healthy edamame, but I do add little green sliced onions. Happy New Year … one hour after us New Englanders will welcome it in.

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    1. koolaidmoms says:

      Actually we are still in the same time zone! We are 25 miles from the border for the time zone. It is heavenly in summer as the sun doesn’t set until 9:30 pm but tough in winter! Happy New Year to you too!

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  3. Nandini says:

    Happy New Years to you and your family!

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  4. Oh my goodness, yummy!! I’ve had similar salads but none quite as delicious as this sounds! Thank you for sharing the recipe and since my whole family loves ramen in any form, we will be making this for lunch tomorrow πŸ™‚ Happy new year to you and your family!!

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    1. koolaidmoms says:

      Thank you! Hope you like it!

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  5. We’re back to school on Tuesday. Feels way too early! But definitely the start of the new year in terms of getting back to normal business.
    Those are lovely wishes that I wish you, and us all, in return. Happy New Year to you and yours. πŸ™‚

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    1. koolaidmoms says:

      Same to you!

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  6. Happy New Year!! Love your thoughts! This looks so yummy. πŸ™‚

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    1. koolaidmoms says:

      Thank you!

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  7. Beautiful! I think I can understand your feelings about your New year starting when your children resume school. I wish you and your lovely family the best of 2016 πŸ˜‡

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    1. koolaidmoms says:

      Thank you! Also to you!

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  8. Reblogged this on a cooking pot and twistedtales and commented:
    Delicious Ramen Asian Salad 😊

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  9. marymtf says:

    My children are all grown up now, but the first day of school is always the hottest., even when the days were changed. Happy new year, Jacqueline.

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  10. SHUTTHATNEGATIVENOISEOFF! says:

    Thank you. Wishing such fulfillment in every area of your life and the life of your loved ones and friends. :0))) xo

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    1. koolaidmoms says:

      Thank you!

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  11. Kat Myrman says:

    I have always loved this salad! 😊

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  12. Cheyanne says:

    YUM! πŸ™‚ AND vegetarian!

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    1. koolaidmoms says:

      Thank you!

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