Saturday, January 25, 2014

Asian Ramen Noodle Salad - FAST EASY DELICIOUS Crowd Pleasing - 52 Church PotLuck Side Dishes

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Here's another one of those dishes that only seems to make an appearance at big back yard BBQs and Church PotLuck Suppers.  Not sure why since it is an OMG, this is great dishes.  Should be on my make often list.

It is FAST to put together.  You toast the Ramen Noodles for about 12 minutes, long enough to assemble everything else.  Total kitchen hands on time, about 15 minutes.

It is EASY to put together.  Aside from toasting the noodles and a simple whisking of the dressing, this is a matter of opening a few bags.  Nothing complicated at all.

It TRAVELS WELL and actually TASTE BEST WHEN MADE IN ADVANCE.  Any PotLuck Dish needs to be made in advance and needs to taste as good or (as in this case) better after a few hours in the fridge.  The time sealed in a bowl allows those crispy Ramen Noodles to absorb the dressing and soften (and flavor).

Which leads to ... Delicious!  Hints of Asia, lots of greens (even well hidden Broccoli), Salty from the Soy Sauce, a hint of sweet from the sugar, A little crunchy for texture and ... Well... DELICIOUS!

Keep scrolling down, the easy to follow recipe is just below this photo...

OK... Here's what I did...

Asian Ramen Noodle Salad FAST EASY DELICIOUS Crowd Pleasing Side

  • 3 Packages Oriental Ramen Noodles
  • 1 Small Bag Slivered Almonds
  • 1 Bag Prepackaged Cole Slaw Mix
  • 1 Bag Prepackaged Broccoli Slaw Mix
  • For The Dressing
  • 1/2 Cup Olive Oil
  • 1/4 Cup Rice Vinegar
  • 3 TBS Soy Sauce
  • 1/2 Cup Sugar
  • Seasoning Packets from all 3 Ramen Noodle Packages
  • 1 Cup (plus additional for garnish), Peanuts
Cooking Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Spread uncooked Ramen noodles out on a jelly roll pan, add Almonds and bake for 12 minutes, until noodles just start to brown on edges.
  2. Meanwhile, In a large bowl, mix together the Cole Slaw and the Broccoli Mix
  3. In a smaller Bowl, whisk together the ingredients for the dressing. Whisk vigorously for a full minute to fully emulsify.
  4. Add Ramen Noodles, Almonds, One Cup of Peanuts and the Dressing to the Bowl of Slaw mixes and stir to combine, dig from bottom of the bowl to fully mix and coat everything with the dressing.
  5. Cover bowl with cling wrap and chill for at least 3 hours. Garnish with another small handful of peanuts just before serving.
  6. Serve Chilled and ENJOY!


This recipe has been added to my growing list of "52 Church PotLuck Dishes"!

A list of something NEW worthy of being shown off at a neighborhood BYODish (Bring Your Own Dish) Party, a Family special occasion dinner, Any Big Holiday Gathering or of course that glorious day when you bring a dish to share with your Church family...

Ages ago, literally almost a half century ago I was listening to our pastor talking about a PotLuck Dinner. It happened to be scheduled around a church work day when we were expected to weed, polish and do general cleaning and maintenance around the church (you know, back in the day when there were no no-wax floors and church pews smelled of Old English furniture polish). I am of course paraphrasing, but as I recall the pastor said,

"A potluck, like a church requires work. At a potluck everyone is expected to contribute.. At a church no one should come empty handed and no one should leave unfed".
I will confess that in my youth I brought more store bought plastic spoons and forks than I ever brought covered dishes and crock pots of fresh made love and caring delights. But now that I have become a hobbyist cook, I occasionally am reminded of those days and people from my youth. I reminded and I do wish that I could drop a dish of some new creation on those old tables at my fondly remembered Liberty Baptist Church.  Tables covered with newspapers and loaded with God's bounty prepared with love and caring... Enjoy


So,  I am pleased to list this as one of my Growing list of  "52 Grilling Time Secret Extras" or "52 Ways to Cook BBQ and Grilling Recipes"!!!

Well over 52 recipes actually as I just can't stop... Over 100 in one grilling season (I love to grill!). But not just leat... Drinks, Condiments (LOTS of different BBQ sauces), Drinks, Desserts... even specialty items like GRILLED Pizza, and fun shaped Watermelons.  Easy and these ideas will make you the MASTER of your Backyard Domain!


So,  I am pleased to list this as one of my Growing list of  "52 Specialty Salad Recipes"!!!

Sometimes they are the main course, sometimes a lunch and sometimes they are the side dish... And if you count Jell-o salad you can even make a dessert of a salad.  Here are a few of my favorite salads that get far more Ooohs and Aaahs than that simple chopped head of lettuce.

Links include Potato Salads, Cole Slaws, and Plenty of greens and fixins' Salads... And more than a few matching FRESH MADE Jam Jar make it yourself Salad Dressings!


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  1. It looks really tasty and packed full of flavour.

  2. works well with cashews, also.

  3. This is one of my absolute favorite salads ever! Thank you so much for posting it - I've made it so many times now, it's my go-to :)