Crunchy Asian Slaw

For my friend, and fellow blogger, KG's BBQ this weekend, I was tasked with making a side. Not wanting to make potato salad, macaroni salad or pasta salad, I stood in the produce section and stared....for 10 minutes until I settled on making some type of slaw. Remembering this crunchy asian slaw my aunt made years before, I set out to re-create it. The end result a very easy to make, refreshing and asian-fusion cole slaw! The addition of uncooked ramen noodles and sliced almonds completes this bright and colorful side dish.

Note: I made a huge bowl of it for a bbq of 20 plus people so the measurements below are a smaller version of the picture above. The following recipe will serve about 6-8.

  • red cabbage (1/2 head, coarsely chopped)
  • green cabbage (1/2 head, coarsely chopped)
  • scallions (4, the green and white part, finely chopped)
  • carrots (2, shredded)
  • ramen noodles (1 package or 3 ounces)
  • sliced almonds (1/3 cup)
  • ginger sesame salad dressing (i.e.: Marzetti's simply dressed brand)
Coarsely chop the red and green cabbage heads and add to a large bowl. Shred the carrots into the bowl.

I got the two colors for a pretty contrast
Love the vibrant purple color of this cabbage
The addition of the carrots gives a nice contrast of texture as well as an additional pop of color
Now on to the secret ingredients! Crumble up one package of uncooked ramen noodle soup and add to the bowl. Take the seasoning packet and mix into the bowl as well. Add the sliced almonds and lightly toss. (You can toast the almonds beforehand if you like to add an additional flavor.
ramen makes me happy!
Since I was being somewhat lazy I didn't want to make my own dressing so instead I opted for this Marzetti Simply Dressed Ginger Sesame dressing.  Sparingly add the dressing to the bowl and toss. Add as much dressing as you like but be careful not to over drench the salad with it.

Toss and let sit in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes so the slaw absorbs all of the seasonings.


  1. Anonymous6/22/2011

    Your purple dish was yummy!

  2. glad you liked it!!