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The whole idea of a salad could be boring. But still, a salad is essential for outdoor parties, barbecues, and special occasions like potluck. On that note, we thought of sharing something that doesn’t even come near the word boring- yes, the Asian ramen salad recipe is a real twist and changes the norm of the whole salad concept!

You only need some basic ingredients to make this delicious ramen salad recipe. Our version is special and will be pretty creative since we use a secret ingredient to make this salad extra flavorful. So, grab the necessary things, and let’s whip up some salad!

Asian Ramen Salad Recipe!

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Recipe by SpiceRally


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Crunchy, refreshing, and healthy, this ramen salad is so addictive that you’ll crave it every day. This recipe won’t take hours but will taste like no other! The ingredients are very simple and you can easily adjust anything according to your taste preference.

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  • Spices
  • 1 ½ tsp 1 ½ Ground black pepper (use ground white pepper if preferred)

  • 1 tsp 1 Garlic powder

  • 1 tbsp 1 White sesame seeds

  • Other Ingredients
  • 1 packet 1 Ramen noodles (03 ounces)

  • 16 oz 16 Coleslaw mix (1 bag)

  • 4 4 Scallions (thinly sliced)

  • ¼ cup ¼ Slivered almonds

  • ¼ cup ¼ Sunflower seeds

  • 1 tbsp 1 Unsalted butter

  • 1 cup 1 Green peas (frozen peas, totally thawed)

  • 1 cup 1 Shredded carrots

  • 3 oz 3 Medium-sized shrimp (peeled and deveined)

  • 4 tbsp 4 Avocado oil (you may also use extra virgin olive oil, canola oil, or sunflower oil)

  • 1/4 cup 1/4 Apple cider vinegar (you can also use rice vinegar or white vinegar)

  • 2-3 tbsp 2-3 Honey

  • 1 tbsp 1 Low-sodium soy sauce (plus one teaspoon extra)

  • 1/3 tsp 1/3 Kosher salt (optional)



  • Preparation
  • Start by cooking the shrimp. Season your shrimp with one teaspoon of low-sodium soy sauce and half a teaspoon of black pepper. Leave them to season for about 3-4 minutes.
  • In the meantime, heat the skillet with one tablespoon of avocado oil. Add the seasoned shrimp to the oil and let them cook through until nice and done. Set the cooked shrimp aside on a plate until needed.
  • Cut open the ramen noodles packet and remove the seasoning packets inside. While the noodle cake is inside the packet itself, push your palms and break the noodle cake into small pieces.
  • Next, add one tablespoon of unsalted butter to the same skillet. Let the butter melt over medium heat.
  • When the butter is heated and melted, add the broken noodle cake into the skillet, slivered almonds, and sunflower seeds.
  • Let the noodles and nuts toast with butter for about 4 minutes. After 4 minutes, add the white sesame seeds and let them toast for another minute.
  • At the end of five minutes, remove the nuts and noodles from the skillet and transfer them to a separate plate to cool down. Keep this aside.

  • Making The Salad Dressing
  • Add avocado oil, low-sodium soy sauce, apple cider vinegar, honey, garlic powder, and remaining ground black pepper in a medium-sized mixing bowl.
  • Mix everything using a small whisk until very well combined. Taste the dressing and add the ¼ teaspoon of kosher salt if you need more saltiness.

  • Mixing The Asian Ramen Salad
  • In a large mixing bowl, add the coleslaw mix along with thawed green peas, sliced scallions, and shredded carrots.
  • Give a good mix and add the toasted noodles and nuts into the vegetable mixture. Mix well to combine.
  • Lastly, add the cooked shrimp and pour the prepared dressing over the salad.
  • Using a wooden spoon, mix the salad until all the ingredients are well-coated in the salad dressing.
  • Do your taste check and adjust the seasonings if needed.
  • Serve your Asian Ramen Salad with grilled chicken, ham, or pulled pork!

Tasty Tips and Suggestions by SpiceRally

  • The cooked shrimp included in our recipe is optional. We have used it to add some extra protein to this salad making it ideal as a whole meal. You may skip the shrimp and use about one cup of cooked or rotisserie chicken instead.
  • You can use the seasoning packet inside the ramen noodle packet. If you do, be very careful with the seasonings you use.
  • To make a vegan-friendly version- Skip the shrimp and use agave or maple syrup instead of honey.
  • You may adjust the amount of sweetness depending on how sweet you need your salad to be. You can also use granulated sugar or brown sugar in place of honey. But honey is a much healthier option!

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Pro Tip: Toasting the noodles and ramen in the skillet with butter gives the salad extra flavor and crisp. But, You can also toast the ramen noodles, sunflower seeds, almonds, and sesame seeds on a sheet pan. Arrange the noodles, sunflower seeds, and almonds in a thin layer and toast in a preheated oven at 425 degrees Fahrenheit for 4 minutes. Take out the pan, sprinkle the sesame seeds, and pop the pan into the oven for another minute. Keep an eye just to ensure the ingredients do not get burned.

How To Store This Asian Ramen Salad?

This is not the kind of salad that you can make ahead and store. Even if you make this salad in advance, you will not savor the freshness, and noodles tend to get soggy. But, you can make ahead the salad dressing. We recommend you make it one day ahead and refrigerate it. Take out the dressing at least 30 minutes before putting the vegetables, noodles, and nuts together.

What Else Can I Use In Ramen Salad To Make It More Flavorful?

Although we have used these vegetables in our recipe, you can throw in something extra of your choice. To get you an idea:

  • Canned button mushrooms
  • Sweet corn
  • Frozen edamame
  • Bean sprouts
  • Green papaya 
  • A hint of fish sauce instead of soy sauce would also give an excellent flavor to this salad
  • You may also use cooked chickpeas or kidney beans to get a richer texture.

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Does This Salad Contain Gluten?

Our Asian ramen salad is NOT gluten-friendly since we have used ramen noodles and soy sauce in the dressing.

Can Someone On A Keto Diet Have This Salad?

Generally, ramen noodles are considered high in net carbs which makes it an unfavorable option in a keto diet. But still, someone who really wants to enjoy this salad can reduce the amount of noodles used and consume this in moderation by adding extra veggies.

Is Our Asian Ramen Salad Vegan-Friendly?

This recipe is NOT vegan-friendly since we have included cooked shrimp and honey. But as mentioned in the notes, you may make a vegan version by skipping the shrimp and adding agave or maple syrup instead of honey.

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