CRUNCHY ASIAN RAMEN NOODLE SALAD (A.K.A. BASICALLY THE BEST POTLUCK SALAD EVER)

This delicious Crunchy Asian Ramen Noodle Salad recipe is tossed with a simple sesame vinaigrette…and tastes absolutely delicious!

CRUNCHY ASIAN RAMEN NOODLE SALAD (A.K.A. BASICALLY THE BEST POTLUCK SALAD EVER)

INGREDIENTS:
SALAD INGREDIENTS:
  1. 1 (16-ounce) bag coleslaw mix
  2. 2 (3-ounce) packages of ramen noodles*, crumbled (you will not use the seasoning packet)
  3. 1 cup shelled and cooked edamame
  4. 1 avocado, peeled, pitted and diced
  5. 1 mango, peeled, pitted, and julienned (or diced)
  6. 1/2 cup thinly-sliced almonds
  7. 1/2 cup thinly-sliced green onions (scallions)
  8. Asian honey vinaigrette (see ingredients below)

ASIAN HONEY VINAIGRETTE
  1. 1/2 cup avocado oil (or vegetable oil, or any cooking oil)
  2. 1/4 cup honey (or your desired sweetener)
  3. 1/4 cup rice vinegar
  4. 2 teaspoons soy sauce
  5. 1/4 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
  6. pinch of salt and black pepper

DIRECTIONS:
TO MAKE THE SALAD:
  • Heat oven to 425°F. Spread the crumbled ramen noodles and sliced almonds out on a baking sheet, and stir a bit to combine. Bake for about 5 minutes, or until the almonds and noodles are slightly toasted and golden. Remove baking sheet, and give the mixture a good stir to toss. Then return it to the oven and toast for an additional 3 minutes. Keep a very close eye on the mixture so that it does not burn. Remove and set aside.
  • Add ingredients (including the vinaigrette) together in a large bowl, and toss until combined.
  • Serve immediately, or cover and refrigerate for up to 3 days. (This salad is much better eaten the first day, as the noodles lose their “crunch” the longer it sits, and the avocado may brown a bit. Still, it’s perfectly edible and enjoyable even after a few days!)