September 7, 2016

Asian Ramen Slaw

My family and I love easy side dishes, especially kid friendly ones. We eat a lot of salads like coleslaw and potato salad so for dinner this week I decided to make a fun twist on our traditional coleslaw and add Asian flavors. Instead of the regular creamy dressing, I made a vinaigrette and then I added almonds, onions, and -get this- uncooked ramen noodles- for a crunch factor. It was a hit with the whole family and perfect for busy weeknight meals and potlucks. 

Ingredients:

Makes 6 servings
  • 1 (14 ounce) package shredded coleslaw mix
  • 1 (3 ounce) package ramen noodles
  • 3 green onions, diced
  • 1/4 cup slivered almonds
Dressing:
  • 1/3 cup vegetable or canola oil
  • 1/3 cup rice vinegar
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar 
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce

Directions:

  1. In a small bowl, add all dressing ingredients. Mix well and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, add coleslaw mix, sliced green onions, and almonds.
  3. Crush the ramen noodles into small pieces in the package then open and add on top of salad. Discard flavor packet.
  4. Pour the dressing on top and mix well.
  5. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve. Toss again before serving.
Start by making the dressing for the slaw with four simple ingredients.
I like using brown sugar in many of my sauces and dressings
 instead of white sugar for a little less sweetness and a slight molasses flavor.
In a small bowl, add all dressing ingredients. Mix well and set aside.
I use prepacked shredded coleslaw mix (cabbage and carrots}
 to save time but you could chop your own.
Add diced green onions to the slaw mix in a medium bowl.
Next add slivered or sliced almonds to the bowl.
Remember ramen noodles from your poor college student days?
I sure do!
 Use one package of noodles and crush them up into bite size bites in the package.
Sprinkle the crushed up noodles into the slaw.
{Discard the seasoning pack}. 
Pour the dressing on top of everything.
Mix well.
Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve. 
Toss again before serving.
This slaw is perfect for potlucks, 
served in a large bowl or in small mason jars to take on a picnic or to lunch!


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