Remember this salad?! I used to get soooo excited when Mama would make this growing up because a) it was so delicious but, most importantly because, b) I totally thought it was something special and exotic!
I was flipping through one of my old family cookbooks the other day and came across it and had to make it! There are 40'leven different versions of this salad floating around out there but this has always been my favorite. You can change up the veggies lots of ways but I think [and Mama agrees] you must, must, must get the oriental flavored ramen for this because the seasoning packet is what makes this version so special. I decided to add oranges to this batch but they’re not part of the original recipe – just use what you like!
And pu-leeeeease spare me the comments about how fattening ramen is and how the flavor packets are full of sodium and dehydrated gargoyle tears and blah, blah, blah. Just because this recipe has ‘salad’ in the title doesn’t mean I’m implying it’s entirely healthy. IT TASTES DELICIOUS. Period.
1 cup diced snow peas or shelled edamame
1 cup diced scallions
1 15-oz. can mandarin oranges, drained
1 cup sliced or slivered almonds
2 packs oriental flavored ramen noodles
3/4 cup vegetable oil
1/3 cup white vinegar
1/2 cup sugar
Combine coleslaw mix, snow peas (or edamame), scallions, mandarin oranges and almonds in a large bowl; set aside.
In a separate bowl, combine vegetable oil, vinegar and sugar then whisk vigorously until well combined. Open ramen packages and remove the seasoning packets. Add the seasoning packets to the oil mixture and whisk until well combined. Cover dressing and refrigerate until ready to serve salad.
When ready to serve, pour dressing over coleslaw mixture. Crumble uncooked ramen noodles then add to coleslaw mixture as well. Gently toss all ingredients until combined. Serve immediately.
- Wait to add the dressing and uncooked ramen until just before you’re ready to serve.
- You can substitute other nuts for the almonds – use what you like.
- No, you can’t make this in a crock pot.