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Napa cabbage ramen salad with crunchy noodles, almonds, and sunflower seeds, this is our favorite noodle salad recipe.

 

Ramen Noodle Cabbage Salad

This napa cabbage with ramen noodles’ original name is actually Yum Yum Salad, named after the instant ramen noodles brand used to make it. It is one of the most popular potluck salads in our region.

 

bowl of ramen noodle salad

 

I had this ramen cabbage salad about 5 or 6 years ago for the first time and didn’t like it at all, I was appalled by its saltiness, there were no sunflower seeds in it and the general look of it was not particularly inviting.

But then a friend of ours made this salad for us two years ago. I remembered that disastrous salted thing from a few years earlier and was not particularly eager to eat Maelle’s salad. But I tried it, of course, and was completely hooked.

Ever since, one of us, mostly Maelle makes this salad almost every time we are planning some kind of grill party or summer birthday party and so on. Everybody absolutely loves it, it is fresh, mild and, due to those roasted almonds and sunflower seeds, incredibly crunchy and aromatic.

 

Ramen Napa Cabbage Salad

 

Needed ingredients

Noodles:

  • I used 2 packages of instant ramen noodles, a brand very similar to this oneramen cabbage salad, Napa Cabbage Salad with Ramen Noodles. Chicken flavor. (Amazon affiliate link)

Whole almonds and sunflower seeds:

  • I always use whole almondsramen cabbage salad, Napa Cabbage Salad with Ramen Noodles, they stay really nice and crunchy, I just love them. But I have seen this salad made with slivered toasted almonds as well, so I suppose you could try it. (Amazon affiliate link)
  • Don’t skip the toasting of the nuts and sunflower seedsramen cabbage salad, Napa Cabbage Salad with Ramen Noodles, the ramen cabbage salad is not half as good if you leave that step out.

Olive oil:

  • Use a mild olive oil, make sure you taste it before you make the dressing. If the olive oil is too strong, it might overpower the rest of the flavors.

Napa cabbage:

  • Napa cabbage is wonderfully suited to make salads and this recipe is no exception. Napa cabbage is crunchy yet softer than green or white cabbage, so you will not have to rub it before you use it in a salad.
  • It has a texture that reminds me of iceberg lettuce, but I like the taste a lot better.
  • If you would like to make a simple napa cabbage salad one day, try it with this yogurt dressing, it is just amazing! And have a look at another napa cabbage salad that I enjoy a lot!

Vinegar:

  • I use white wine vinegar most of the time to make the ramen noodle cabbage salad. However, if you don’t have it you can replace it with rice vinegar. Rice vinegar is less acidic, so you might want to add a little more. Just taste before you do and add (or don’t add) accordingly.
  • You could also replace the white wine vinegar with cider vinegar. Cider vinegar is more acidic, so add a little less, taste and only add more if necessary.

 

bowl of noodle salad with cabbage

 

How to make?

  •  Finely slice the napa cabbage and place it in a very large bowl. Chop the onion finely and add to the cabbage.
  •  Dressing: In a small bowl, mix together the noodles’ dry seasoning, oil, vinegar, sugar, salt, and pepper. Whisk well until the sugar dissolves and set aside.
  • Heat a large pan and roast the almonds, without adding any fat, until fragrant. Stay by the pan and shake it frequently to avoid the almonds from burning and to allow them to roast on both sides. Immediately remove from the pan.
  • Roast the sunflower seeds in the same pan until golden and fragrant. Add them to the almonds. Don’t be tempted to roast the almonds and the sunflower seeds together, they are very different in size and the sunflower seeds will burn before the almonds are roasted.
  •  Break the instant ramen noodles on top of the sliced napa cabbage. Discard the liquid seasoning.
  • Add the hot almonds and sunflower seeds to the salad, add the dressing and stir well. Leave to marinate for about 2-3 hours at room temperature.
  • Place in the fridge if it is very hot where you are and bring to room temperature before serving.
  • Stir again and adjust the seasoning before serving.

 

napa cabbage ramen salad bowl

 

How to serve?

  • The ramen noodle napa cabbage salad is best served on the day you make it.
  • However, if you have leftovers, keep them in the fridge and enjoy them the next day, the taste will still be amazing, though the seeds and noodles might not be that crunchy anymore.
  • The napa cabbage salad with ramen noodles is a typical potluck salad in Germany or at least in our region.
  • It makes a great side dish for any grilled meats and sausages and it is a perfect alternative for vegetarians at any summer gathering (provided the noodles’ seasoning is vegetarian).
  • If you have this salad, you will probably forget about the meat even if you are not a vegetarian… it is that good!

 

ramen noodle napa cabbage salad

 

More potluck salads?

Sour Cream Potato Salad with Bacon and Without Mayo

Tortellini Salad with Peas, Mushrooms and Feta

Greek Pasta Salad – with Green Bell Pepper and Feta

15 Easy Dishes for a Potluck Party

 

napa cabbage salad with ramen noodles in a bowl

 

 

Napa Cabbage Salad with Ramen Noodles

Napa Cabbage Salad with Ramen Noodles

Yield: 4-8
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 7 minutes
Total Time: 37 minutes

Napa cabbage ramen salad with crunchy noodles, almonds, and sunflower seeds, this is our favorite noodle salad recipe.

Ingredients

  • 1 napa cabbage, about 450 g/ 1 lb
  • 1 larger onion
  • 100 g/ 3.5 oz/ ¾ cup whole almonds
  • 100 g/ 3.5 oz/ ¾ cup sunflower seeds
  • 2 packages instant ramen noodles and their dry seasoning (See note 1)
  • 150 ml/ 5 oz/ 2/3 cup oil (See note 2)
  • 8 tablespoons white wine vinegar (See note 3)
  • 4 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • fine sea salt and pepper

Instructions

  1. Finely slice the napa cabbage and place it in a very large bowl. Chop the onion finely and add it to the cabbage.
  2. Make the dressing by mixing together the noodles' dry seasoning, oil, vinegar, sugar, salt, and pepper. Whisk well until the sugar dissolves. Set aside
  3. Roast the almonds in a large pan, without using any fat, until fragrant. Shake the pan often to allow the almonds to roast on both sides and to keep them from burning. Remove from the pan. Roast the sunflower seeds in the same pan until golden and fragrant. Shake often again. Add them to the almonds.
  4. Break the instant ramen noodles on top of the sliced napa cabbage. Discard the liquid seasoning.
  5. Add the hot almonds and sunflower seeds to the salad, and the dressing. Stir well.
  6. Leave to marinate for about 2-3 hours at room temperature. Stir again and adjust the seasoning.

Notes

  1. I almost always use chicken instant ramen noodles. If serving the salad to vegetarians choose something else. Discard the liquid seasoning from the packet, you will only need the dry seasoning.
  2. Use a neutral tasting oil like canola or sunflower oil. If using olive oil, make sure you choose a very mild olive oil that you will taste before you make the dressing. If the olive oil is too strong, it will overpower the rest of the flavors.
  3. Rice vinegar and cider vinegar make good substitutes. Read blog post for more details on that.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1/6 of the salad
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 573Total Fat: 45gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 36gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 1992mgCarbohydrates: 35gFiber: 5gSugar: 11gProtein: 11g

Nutritional information is not always accurate.

 

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Kathy @ Beyond the Chicken Coop 13/06/2016 - 12:55

There’s just something about the crunch of those noodles! This is one of our favorites too. I haven’t added sunflower seeds before. I will need to give that a try!

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Adina 13/06/2016 - 16:07

I think the sunflower seeds and the almonds are the best about it, you have to give it a try, Kathy.

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Dawn @ Girl Heart Food 13/06/2016 - 13:35

What a different salad! I wouldn’t have thought to put ramen noodles and cabbage together! I remember those ramen noodle packages from years ago. I didn’t eat much of them…so much salt! Love the almonds in this salad…bet they add a nice texture 🙂

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Adina 13/06/2016 - 16:06

I don’t think that I have ever eaten those noodles in any other combination than this one… And you are right about the salt, but I think skipping the liquid seasoning helps.

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Cheyanne @ No Spoon Necessary 13/06/2016 - 14:09

I love noodle salads and this one looks fantastic! So much crunch and super easy to put together! I could eat this for lunch and dinner! Cheers, friend!

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Adina 13/06/2016 - 16:04

Same with me, I could eat this salad any time of the day… 🙂

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Balvinder 14/06/2016 - 05:04

So the ramen noodles can be eaten without being cooked! I have never made it but I just know I will love the crunch in here!

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Adina 14/06/2016 - 07:13

I don’t know if all ramen noodles can be eaten without being cooked. These ones are instant, they come in little packages with some spices and you can make soup with them by just adding hot water. Never had the soup though, I only ever buy them to make this salad.

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Brie 14/06/2016 - 05:38

I’ve seen this salad around but never tried it before. Savoy cabbage is the best and I can just imagine it with all those crunchy noodles, nuts and seeds. All of the salads in your series have been super yummy looking but I’ll have to start with this one since you recommend it so highly! Thanks Adina 🙂

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Adina 14/06/2016 - 07:16

I hope you try it, Brie. But it’s napa cabbage not Savoy. I made the same mistake, I wrote my whole post using the term Savoy cabbage and just before publishing I realized it is actually the napa or Chinese cabbage, so I had to change it everywhere… 🙂

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Kate @ Framed Cooks 14/06/2016 - 12:36

Instant ramen noodles are magic!!! And this salad looks summertime perfect. 🙂

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Anu - My Ginger Garlic Kitchen 14/06/2016 - 13:36

I love ramen noodles, but never thought of making salad with that. And this crunchy and flavorful salad looks absolutely delicius.

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Marvellina @ What To Cook Today 14/06/2016 - 14:57

This is pure comfort food for me..any ramen dish really 🙂 I remember eating lots of sunflower seeds as snacks when I was a kid

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Kathryn @ Family Food on the Table 14/06/2016 - 19:26

I can see why this is such a hit – it’s the perfect picnic food and I bet that mixture of textures and flavors is just killer! I would definitely skip the flavor packet too – those things creep me out. Can’t wait to give this a try!

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Barb 17/05/2017 - 20:09

I toast the ramen noodles and almonds. I also add sesame seeds (toasted too) and it makes a really nice crunch! Also, I add a tablespoon of soy sauce and do not use the spice pack that comes with the ramen.

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Adina 17/05/2017 - 20:25

Toasting the noodles sounds great, I will try it the next time. And I think I would like the sesame seeds as well. Thanks.?

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Brittany 07/10/2017 - 00:08

Can I use something else in place of the white wine vinegar? Any suggestions would be so helpful.

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Adina 07/10/2017 - 09:45

Yes, of course, take whatever vinegar you happen to have. You might want to start with less vinegar in case its taste its stronger than the white wine vinegar and adjust the quantity until it fits your taste. If I don’t have white wine vinegar in the house I normally replace it with plain vinegar or herb vinegar.

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Brittany 07/10/2017 - 17:26

Ok! Thanks so much.

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Hayley 18/07/2018 - 04:17

Which flavor of Ramen noodles does this recipe call for?

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Adina 18/07/2018 - 13:00

I think I take chicken most of the times, but take whatever you like.

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