Asian Ramen Noodle Salad

This ultra-popular salad is a twist on an old classic with edamame, mandarin oranges, and the BEST teriyaki dressing! Perfect for potlucks, parties, or laid back weeknight dinners!  

Asian Ramen Noodle Salad | Creme de la Crumb

It’s an oldie-but-goodie kind of day. This salad is a family-favorite, my mom has been making it since the dawn of time. Or at least the dawn of my time! I don’t remember a time in my life when this salad didn’t make an appearance at least once or twice a month. Mostly on Sundays and at other family gatherings, which by the way she still does to this day. Of course, when you come from a family of nine (yes, 9) children who are all grown up and having kids of their own and most of you live “in the area”… there is never a shortage of reasons for the family to gather. Weddings, birthdays (oh my gosh the number of birthdays…), baptisms, T-ball tournaments, dance recitals, and Sundays. Sundays happen once every week and in my family it’s pretty much a must to attend family dinner on Sunday.

Asian Ramen Noodle Salad | Creme de la Crumb

One reason this salad is so darn awesome is that it seems to go with e-ver-y-thing. Whether you’re having an Asian-style dinner or not it really doesn’t matter. This salad goes just a perfectly with sweet and sour chicken as it does a pot roast. The Asian flavor isn’t over-bearing so it’s not like your entire meal has to consist of soy-sauce-based dishes.

Asian Ramen Noodle Salad | Creme de la Crumb

Another fantastic thing about it? SO EASY TO MAKE. Like… so, so easy. Ramen noodles (for what, 30 cents a pack??), cole slaw (without the dressing), mandarin oranges, and dressing. Oh! and because I can’t seem to make anything ever without upgrading a thing or two to fit my personal taste, this salad includes edamame (inspired by the gorgeous Ali at Gimme Some Oven) and my all time favorite teriyaki dressing. My mother’s dressing is awesome, it so is, but I’ve fallen madly in love with this teriyaki dressing and I just knew it would go perfectly with my mom’s ramen noodle salad. And I was right.

Asian Ramen Noodle Salad | Creme de la Crumb

BUT. If you don’t feel like making the dressing it’s okay because I still love you and I have a great alternative for you. Kraft has a toasted sesame Asian dressing that I discovered a few years ago (thanks to my in-laws!) and that stuff is amazing on just about anything. I including a link to it in the recipe below just in case you’ve never seen it before. (Nope not getting paid to promote that dressing, I just LOVE it.) It even comes in “light” if you wanna save a few calories without sacrificing any great flavor.

So. Have I convinced you yet on this oldie-but-goodie Asian ramen noodle salad with a modern twist?? Excellent.

Asian Ramen Noodle Salad | Creme de la Crumb

Asian Ramen Noodle Salad
 
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This ultra-popular salad is a twist on an old classic with edamame, mandarin oranges, and the BEST teriyaki dressing! Perfect for potlucks, parties, or laid back weeknight dinners!
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Recipe type: Side Dish / Appetizer
Cuisine: Asian
Serves: 6-8
Ingredients
  • 1 large 16-ounce bag of tri-color cole slaw (without dressing)
  • 2 3-ounce package of Asian noodles (like Ramen noodles), crushed, without seasoning packet
  • 1 11-ounce can mandarin oranges (or 15-ounce if you love mandarin oranges)
  • ½ cup cooked and shelled edamame
  • ¼ cup diced green onions
  • ¼ cup slivered almonds (or shaved)
  • 1 cup teriyaki dressing (see below) OR if you're short on time you can use a store-bought Asian sesame dressing, Kraft makes a great one!
teriyaki dressing
  • ⅓ cup teriyaki sauce (the thicker, the better! I love this one by Kikkoman)
  • ⅓ cup rice wine vinegar (may sub apple cider vinegar)
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder (if you have it)
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • ½ cup oil (such as vegetable oil, canola oil, olive oil)
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients (including dressing) in a large bowl and toss to combine. If using my teriyaki dressing recipe, simple whisk together all dressing ingredients first before pouring in with the other salad ingredients.
  2. Serve immediately, or you can make it ahead and add the dressing just before serving. I really love to serve it after it's been marinating in the fridge for a few hours, it softens the noodles a bit and the flavors really stand out!

 

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Now this is ramen I could eat. I am loving all the vegetables in here. And the mandarin oranges with that sauce so good!

    The mandarin oranges really do go so perfectly with that dressing – a little sweet, a little tangy, a little salty!!!

YUM. My mom makes a similar salad, but i’m pretty sure she uses the store bought dressing. I will definitely be trying this with your homemade dressing this weekend.

I really want to make your fresh version of the old recipe for ramen noodle salad. Yours looks great. Thank you! I just found out — today, in fact — that I have Celiac. So, are ramen noodles wheat? if so, can you recommend a similar nooodle of rice with still the crunch of uncooked ramen noodle?

    Hi Marsha, I’m sorry to hear about your Celiac diagnosis – that’s hard news to get! I’m not positive whether or not traditional ramen noodles are gluten free or not but you could use a similar gluten-free noodle in this recipe, just crush it up into chunks!

I LOVE all the colors and flavors in this salad!! My mom always makes broccoli ramen salad -I’ve never heard of this version though… looks SO yummy!! Pinned!

Can you possibly post the dressing your mom makes as well? My grandma used to make a salad like this that she got from her AOL recipe club and I have had a craving for it for YEARS (unfortunately my grandma had a stroke 10 years ago) and even after going through her recipes I can’t find it. I’m wondering if either yours or your moms might be similar
Thanks!

    Hi Ky! I’ll get in touch with my mom and see if she’ll pass that along!

Can’t wait to make this. Do you drain the mandarin oranges first? Thanks.

    Hi Sara! This salad is SO yummy! yes, I always drain them first 🙂