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Ridiculously Amazing Asian Ramen Salad

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This ridiculously amazing Asian ramen salad will have you and your guests going back for thirds and fourths. Everyone will be asking for the recipe and you’ll want to bring this easy dish to every potluck!

Asian ramen salad sauce being poured on salad in a clear bowl.

This Asian ramen salad is so ridiculously amazing!

This salad is true to its name.

My aunt gave me this recipe from which she got from her late husband’s family in Indiana. Every single time we make this salad and bring it to potlucks, it is the FIRST to go. Every single time! There’s never a time we leave with some of the salad left in the bowl. It’s always devoured.

I’ve been eating this Asian ramen salad for years and years. I always think of my aunt whenever I have this salad and I love the memories it evokes. See? Food is always attached to a memory!

The best part is, this is probably the easiest thing to throw together. If you need a side dish to bring to a party or potluck, this Asian ramen salad has your name written all over it!

Asian ramen salad being tossed in a clear bowl.

Bring this Asian ramen salad to a potluck or party. It is fit for a crowd!

It’s so easy to double, triple, or quadruple this Asian ramen salad for whatever size potluck or party you are going to. I have heard of someone trying to make this for 100 people.

Can you imagine?

That is a whole lot of Asian ramen salad to go around! Haha

But I think the most appealing part of this recipe is how easy it is and the fact that it’s okay if it sits out at parties and potlucks. Nothing will “go bad” in this recipe so after you take it out of the fridge from its initial chilling, it is fine to sit out at the table.

Overhead shot of Asian ramen salad on a white plate with two forks.

What kind of add-ins could I add into this Asian ramen salad?

So, my Asian ramen salad recipe is from my aunt and just like all recipes, there is a bunch of different ways that people make this recipe. There are so many variations and different ways it has been passed down!

In being passed down from generation to generation, there’s always little add-ins that I have heard of through the years that would make a great addition to this salad.

Here are some that I think would be great:

  • Shredded chicken
  • Mandarin oranges
  • Edamame
  • Napa cabbage

With or without the seasoning packet?

I get a lot of questions on this and my answer is no.

In my recipe below, I actually tell you to omit the seasoning packet from the ramen because it’s filled with not-so-good ingredients and so much sodium.

Overhead shot of Asian ramen salad on two white plates and clear bowl.

Would sesame oil work in this Asian ramen salad?

Using sesame oil would completely overpower the salad. I would say if you want to add in sesame oil, use like 1/2 tablespoon.

Are the ramen noodles supposed to be crispy/uncooked?

Yes. That’s the point. The crunchy ramen noodles give it texture and bite.

They do get “soggy” after they have been sitting in the salad for awhile (since it soaks up the liquid) so there are two ways you can go about this:

  • Don’t add the ramen noodles until right before you serve if you want the crunchy texture.
  • Add the ramen noodles in before you put it in the fridge to chill; you’ll get slightly softened/soggy noodles but some people don’t like the extra crunch.

Alright, so now I’ve talked your ear off about this Asian ramen salad you should probably go grab the ingredients listed in the recipe below and get to making!

It’ll be gone soo fast and you’ll get requests from everyone for the recipe :)

Come back and let me know how it goes ;) That’s how positive I am that it’s THAT good!

Other great potluck recipe ideas:

Asian ramen salad on a white plate.

Ridiculously Amazing Asian Ramen Salad

This ridiculously amazing Asian ramen salad will have you and your guests going back for thirds and fourths. Everyone will be asking for the recipe and you’ll want to bring this easy dish to every potluck!
4.64 from 96 votes
Prep Time: 2 hours 10 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours 10 minutes
Servings: 8
Author: Julie Chiou
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  • 16 ounce (454 g) bag coleslaw mix
  • 1 cup (134 g) sunflower seeds, de-shelled/shelled/no shells
  • 1 cup (237 g) sliced almonds
  • 6 ounces (170 g) dried ramen*, (any flavor, you won’t be using the seasoning packets so it doesn’t matter)
  • 5 stalks of scallions, sliced
  • ¾ cup (177 ml) vegetable oil
  • cup (79 ml) white vinegar
  • ½ cup (100 g) granulated sugar


  • In a large bowl, place coleslaw mix, sunflower seeds, sliced almonds, crushed ramen (see note below), and scallions.
  • In a large measuring cup, add vegetable oil, vinegar, and sugar. Whisk together. Don’t worry if the sugar will not completely dissolve.
  • Pour oil mixture over the coleslaw mix and toss everything together with a large spatula until everything is coated well.
  • Cover bowl with plastic wrap and chill in refrigerator for at least 2 hours.
  • Serve cold or room temperature.

Recipe Notes

To crush ramen, place ramen block into a Ziploc bag and using a rolling pin, gently crush the ramen into smaller pieces.
I personally didn’t add the seasoning packets because I don’t like the sodium content in ramen seasoning packets. However, I know this is a popular recipe and there are MANY variations of it. So, it’s all up to preference on whether or not you want to add the seasoning packets, or anything else to this salad! :)


Serving: 1 Serving | Calories: 456 kcal | Carbohydrates: 32 g | Protein: 7 g | Fat: 35 g | Saturated Fat: 5 g | Fiber: 3 g | Sugar: 15 g

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Recipe Rating


Thursday 24th of August 2023

Lot better with the seasoning packets.. add them to oil mixture and chill a while before you mix with slaw.. so good.


Saturday 29th of July 2023

Not a lot going on here, flavors fell flat. It didn't really taste Asian at all. I tried to doctor it up with some fresh ginger, soy and a bit of salt (seriously, no salt in the dressing should have been a huge red flag). I mean, I think maybe some kids might eat it bc it was bland and sweet. Definitely not the yummy salad I had a potluck.


Saturday 12th of August 2023

@Disappointed, Some of us are on low sodium diets and appreciate low sodium recipes


Friday 30th of June 2023

I have reduced the oil to 1/3 cup then added 1tbsp sesame oil. I also added 1tbsp of soy sauce, and 1tbsp if peanut sauce and used stevia in place of sugar. Turned out great!


Thursday 23rd of November 2023

@Paul, my mom always chopped a head of cabbage. Also we put toasted almonds, accent powder.and for oil we use vegoil or rice vinegar.


Friday 19th of May 2023

Good but too much oil and too much sugar. I’d scale it back to 1/2 c oil and 1/3 c sugar.


Sunday 26th of February 2023

Why not just use the chow main noodles

Julie Chiou

Sunday 26th of February 2023

you may if you'd like, but this is just how this recipe was passed down to me.