I think most people are familiar with the classic Napa cabbage salad with ramen noodles. I am a fan of that salad but this Crunchy Asian Noodle Salad one-upped the traditional version. It uses a Suddenly Salad pasta mix and incorporates fresh veggies, cilantro, green onions and mandarin oranges. The dressing has lots of flavor from the ramen and pasta seasoning packets. This is a great salad for a potluck or big group. The picture below was a double batch I made for a group of 30 people. I usually add the dressing at the last moment so everything stays crunchy. I also keep the noodle/almond mixture on the side and let people add that to their plates. I have also made this for a main dish and added grilled, sliced chicken on top.
The Perfect Pairing for this recipe is an empty jelly jar. Whenever I finish a jar of jelly I always clean out the jar and keep it around for homemade dressings. Combine everything in the jar and give it a good shake. It is great to take with you because the screw on top is leak-proof.
Adapted by Lindsay at Perfecting the Pairing from Cutting Edge of Ordinary
· 1 box Betty Crocker Suddenly Salad, classic
· 1, 3 oz, package Oriental flavored Ramen, noodles crushed
· 3 Tb sugar
· 3 Tb vegetable oil
· 2 Tb apple cider vinegar
· 1 Tb soy sauce
· 2, 12 oz, bags broccoli slaw
· 2 cups sugar snap peas or snow peas, chopped in half
· 2, 15 oz, cans mandarin oranges, drained with juice reserved
· 1 bunch of green onions, sliced
· 1 small bunch of cilantro, chopped
· ¼ cup sliced almonds, toasted
· ¼ cup sunflower seeds, optional
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Combine the crushed Ramen noodles, almonds and sunflower seeds (if using) on a baking tray and toast for about 8 minutes until lightly golden, set aside.
Cook pasta according to package instructions in boiling water, drain and rinse with cold water. Meanwhile in a jelly jar combine the seasoning packets from the pasta salad and soup mix, add the sugar, oil, vinegar and soy sauce. Add 2-4 Tb of the reserved mandarin orange juice. Taste for seasoning and adjust with more vinegar, juice and soy sauce, if necessary.
Combine the pasta with the broccoli slaw, snow/snap peas, oranges, green onions and cilantro. Toss gently to combine. When you are ready to serve toss everything with the salad dressing. Serve the toasted almonds, noodles and seeds.