This Ramen Noodle Salad is simple, fresh, and so flavorful! It’s made with crunchy veggies and toasted ramen noodles tossed in a sweet, nutty, tangy dressing.
Simple Asian Salad with Ramen Noodles
This Ramen Noodle Salad is a tasty salad recipe you’ll keep coming back to. Not only is it simple to make, but it’s loaded with the perfect combination of colors, textures, and flavors. It can also easily be doubled to feed a crowd!
This crunchy ramen noodles salad is perfect for parties, potlucks, a light lunch, a main dish, or a side dish with dinner!
Ingredients Needed for Crunchy Ramen Noodles Salad
- Peanut Butter: We use ½ cup of creamy peanut butter as the base for the peanut sauce. Crunchy peanut butter also works if you'd like to add crunch and texture to the sauce.
- Lime Juice: You'll need the juice of 2 limes or about 2 tablespoons. The lime juice adds some acidity to mix with the oils and cut through the peanut butter.
- Olive Oil and Sesame Oil: You'll need 3 tablespoons of olive oil and 1 teaspoon of sesame oil to give this sauce a thinner texture. The sesame oil adds another layer of flavor.
- Soy Sauce: We use 2 tablespoons of soy sauce to give this sauce an Asian-inspired taste. Soy sauce is salty, so use a low-sodium variety if desired.
- Chili Garlic Sauce: You'll need 1 to 2 tablespoons of chili garlic sauce for flavor and a kick of heat. Adjust this ingredient to taste. Sambal Oelek or even sriracha work well if you can't find chili garlic sauce.
- Honey: We use 1 tablespoon of honey to balance the spicy chili garlic sauce.
- Ginger Paste and Garlic Paste: You'll need 1 teaspoon each of ginger paste and garlic paste for flavor. These are usually located in the produce section in the supermarket. If you can't find the pastes, use ¼ teaspoon of ground ginger or garlic powder. One inch of raw ginger or one clove of garlic will also work.
- Butter: You'll need 2 tablespoons of unsalted butter to toast the ramen noodles. Swap the unsalted butter with salted if desired but consider using low-sodium soy sauce.
- Uncooked Ramen Noodles: You'll need 2 packets of ramen noodles. Discard the flavoring packet for each.
- Cabbage: We use 3 cups each of shredded green cabbage and red cabbage to make the bulk of the salad.
- Add-ins: Peanuts, cilantro, green onions, and sesame seeds make up the crunchy, flavorful add-ins. Any of these may be substituted for other ingredients.
How to Make Our Crunchy Ramen Noodle Salad Recipe
Scroll to the recipe card below for full instructions and ingredient amounts!
This crunchy ramen salad recipe requires just a few minutes of hands on time! Here’s a quick breakdown of the recipe:
- Start by discarding the seasoning packet for each package of noodles. In a skillet, melt butter, then add in the noodles. Stir and cook until light and golden brown, then set aside.
- In a bowl, combine peanut butter, lime juice, olive oil, soy sauce, chili garlic sauce, honey, sesame oil, ginger paste, and garlic paste. Set the dressing aside.
- In a large bowl, combine the green and red cabbage, carrots, peanuts, cilantro, green onions, and sesame seeds. Add in the peanut dressing, then toss in the toasted noodles until combined.
Tips and Notes
- Time saving tip: To keep the prep super minimal,, use pre-cut matchstick carrots as opposed to slicing them up yourself. Or, use a coleslaw mix instead of shredding cabbage.
- No ginger paste? In a pinch, you can swap it out for dried ginger. The flavor won’t be quite as good, but it will work just fine.
- Add more veggies. Try edamame, green onion, cucumber, pepper, mushrooms, water chestnuts, you name it.
- Add a protein. Make your salad ramen Asian noodle salad even more filling by adding in rotisserie chicken, flat iron steak, salmon, or tofu to keep it vegetarian.
- Spice it up. If you like an extra kick of heat, try adding some Sriracha to the sauce or drizzle it on top as a finishing touch.
I love to serve a generous helping of this topped up with freshly chopped cilantro, sliced green onions, sesame seeds, and lime wedges!
Make-Ahead: If you want to prepare your ramen noodles salad in advance, you can assemble the salad the day before and make the dressing, but leave them separate. Store them in separate containers in the fridge, then combine them just before serving!
Refrigerator: A fully assembled cold ramen noodle salad is best served immediately, but will last in an airtight container in the fridge for 2-3 days!
Recipe Card with Ingredient Amounts and Instructions
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 2 packages ramen noodles, seasoning packets removed and the noodles crushed
- ½ cup creamy peanut butter
- 2 limes, juiced
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 tablespoons soy sauce
- 1-2 tablespoons chili garlic sauce
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1 teaspoon sesame oil
- 1 teaspoon ginger paste
- 1 teaspoon garlic paste
- 3 cups green cabbage, thinly sliced
- 3 cups red cabbage, thinly sliced
- 2 large carrots, peeled and julienned
- ½ cup peanuts
- ½ cup cilantro, chopped
- 3 green onions, green parts sliced and white ends discarded
- 2 teaspoons toasted sesame seeds
- In a large skillet over medium heat, melt the butter then add the noodles. Stir constantly until the noodles are light and brown, about 3 minutes. Remove from heat, and set aside to cool.2 tablespoons unsalted butter2 packages ramen noodles
- In the meantime, mix the peanut butter, lime juice, olive oil, soy sauce, chili garlic sauce, honey, sesame oil, ginger paste and garlic paste together in a medium bowl. Set aside.½ cup creamy peanut butter2 limes3 tablespoons olive oil2 tablespoons soy sauce1-2 tablespoons chili garlic sauce1 tablespoon honey1 teaspoon sesame oil1 teaspoon ginger paste1 teaspoon garlic paste
- In a large bowl, combine the green and red cabbage, carrots, peanuts, cilantro, green onions and sesame seeds.3 cups green cabbage3 cups red cabbage2 large carrots½ cup peanuts½ cup cilantro3 green onions2 teaspoons toasted sesame seeds
- Add the sauce mixture until completely incorporated then toss in the noodles just until combined.
- Serve with freshly chopped cilantro, sliced green onions, sesame seeds and lime wedges if desired.
- See post for storage options, tips, and FAQs.