Asian Ramen Salad with Mandarins & Sesame Vinaigrette
With summer just around the corner, it’s time to dust off those grills and start planning your next cookout. And what better way to impress your guests than with a dish that's delicious, easy to make, and perfect for the season? That’s right; we’re making an Asian Ramen Salad with mandarins and a honey sesame dressing!
This salad is a crowd-pleaser that’s sure to leave everyone wanting more. The combination of crunchy ramen noodles, fresh mandarins, and a tangy honey sesame dressing is simply irresistible. And the best part? It only takes a few minutes to prepare!
Let's dive into the recipe, shall we?
How to Make Asian Ramen Salad & Sesame Dressing
2 package of ramen noodles, crushed
16 oz package coleslaw mix
1 cup of shredded carrots
20oz can of mandarin oranges, drained & rinsed
1/2 cup of sliced almonds
For the sesame vinaigrette:
1/4 cup of rice vinegar
1/2 cup olive oil
1/4 cup of honey
1 tablespoon of sesame oil
1 clove of garlic, minced
salt and pepper, to taste
Use a rolling pin to gently smash the ramen noodles (still in packages) into small pieces.
In a large bowl, combine the coleslaw mix, shredded carrots, ramen noodles, slivered almonds, and drained mandarin oranges. Toss to combine.
Whisk together the rice vinegar, soy sauce, honey, sesame oil, minced garlic, and salt and pepper in a small bowl. Slowly drizzle in the olive oil while whisking continuously until the dressing is emulsified. Keep in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 6 days.
Serve the salad and drizzle dressing to enjoy!
And there you have it, folks! A delicious and flavor-packed salad that’s perfect for any summer cookout or entertaining at home
Not only is this salad delicious, but it's also packed with nutrients. Cabbage is a great source of fiber, vitamin C, and vitamin K, while mandarin oranges are rich in vitamin C and antioxidants. The almonds add a healthy dose of protein and healthy fats, making this salad a well-rounded and nutritious meal.
This salad is also highly customizable. Feel free to add your favorite vegetables, such as broccoli or snow peas, or swap out the almonds for cashews or peanuts. You can also adjust the sweetness or tanginess of the dressing to suit your taste preferences.
If you plan to make this salad beforehand, wait until the day of serving to add the ramen noodles. They will begin to lose their crunchy texture after a day or two. Bring this along to cookouts, parties, or make for a week of healthy lunches!