Ramen noodle coleslaw features plenty of crunch from the uncooked ramen noodles and almonds. The simple dressing adds big flavor but comes together with just a few ingredients. This easy side dish is perfect for potlucks or make some to serve with whatever you put on the grill.
Making this ramen slaw is all prep and no cooking. It really doesn’t get any easier to make a tasty dish with lots of texture.
Because you start with a bag of coleslaw mix and a bag of broccoli slaw, it is loaded with veggies. But, you don’t have to do the chopping and shredding yourself.
The mixture of the two ensures you will maintain great texture even after the salad sits for a while. However, you can use all coleslaw if you can’t find the broccoli slaw mix at the store.
Tips and Tricks
If you like your cabbage a little more wilted in coleslaw, go ahead and dress the veggies ahead of time. Cover the bowl and put it in the refrigerator.
Stir the slaw and add the ramen and the almonds when you are ready to serve. That way, they will still have a great crunch.
The ramen will stay crunchy for about 30 minutes after being in the dressing. So, if you don’t plan to eat it all in one sitting, I would add the noodles to just the part you think you’ll eat.
The leftovers will keep in the fridge for several days, but the texture is much different if the noodles are soft. It will still taste good, just have a different eating experience.
If you want to toast the ramen in a little bit of butter, you can. We love how that tastes in napa salad with ramen noodles, but I decided to keep it simple and oven free here.
Possible Substitutions and Additions:
We like this ramen slaw recipe just as it is written. It is super simple and really tasty. However, there are a ton of things you could add to make it your own.
Sunflower seeds or some sesame seeds would add to the nutty flavor and crunch.
Mandarin oranges are a popular addition in salads like these. Just drain a can and toss them in.
Green onions would add a pop of bright green and some nice mild flavor to the mix.
A teaspoon of sesame oil in the dressing would add depth and more nuttiness.
You could use honey in place of the granulated sugar in the dressing.
More Fun Twists on Coleslaw
Coleslaw is such a great side dish for everything from family dinners to big events. Of course, we love making our own creamy coleslaw dressing or classic vinegar based coleslaw, but there are so many great ways to change it up.
Check out my collection of salad recipes for more tasty inspiration.
Ramen Noodle Coleslaw
- 14 ounces bagged coleslaw mix
- 12 ounces bagged broccoli slaw mix
- 2 packages ramen noodles
- ½ cup olive oil
- 1 Tablespoon granulated sugar
- 1½ Tablespoons soy sauce
- ¼ cup rice vinegar
- ¼ cup slivered almonds
- In a large bowl, combine both slaw mix packages.14 ounces bagged coleslaw mix, 12 ounces bagged broccoli slaw mix
- In a separate bowl, add olive oil, sugar, soy sauce and rice vinegar. Mix well and pour over the slaw. Mix well with a large spoon.½ cup olive oil, 1 Tablespoon granulated sugar, 1½ Tablespoons soy sauce, ¼ cup rice vinegar
- Break the ramen noodles into bite sized pieces and add to the bowl.2 packages ramen noodles
- Add almonds and toss until thoroughly combined.¼ cup slivered almonds
- Serve immediately or chill until ready to serve.
- If making ahead, wait to add the ramen until ready to serve. That way it will be nice and crunchy.
- Feel free to make this your own. You can add green onions, cilantro, sesame seeds, mandarin oranges, or whatever sounds good to you. Or add some leftover chicken and make a meal of it.