Monday, October 31, 2011

Crunchy Asian Noodle Salad

Perfect Pairing:  Jelly jar
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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.
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Crunchy Asian Noodle Salad
Adapted by Lindsay at Perfecting the Pairing from Cutting Edge of Ordinary

Ingredients:
·         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
Directions:
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.

7 comments:

  1. Just thought you should know I'm making this tonight. Thanks for the recipe!

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  2. Kim, you are going to love it! I can't wait to hear what you think.

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  3. Super yummy! I esp. loved the dressing and ramen-nut mixture. So good! I had to use cabbage instead of the broccoli slaw cause I couldnt find it. So yummy! Thanks again for the recipe.

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  4. Thank you for the recipe. I love asian noodles. In fact I am a regular customer of Asian Noodle house. I love the Tokyo Ramen!

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    1. Let me know if you make it! I hope you love it.

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  5. I am definitely going to try this!!!

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    1. Thanks for the comment! It is a great, easy recipe with lots of flavor. Let me know if you like it!

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