Crunchy Asian Slaw


Crunchy Asian Slaw is the perfect side dish recipe for a summer BBQ, pot luck, or picnic!

Crunchy Asian Slaw Recipe made with Ramen noodles. Perfect for a side dish to any party or barbeque.

Congratulations on making it to Friday!  I can’t believe it’s August already….anyone else?  This summer is just flying by and I don’t like it.

Let’s savor every summer recipe while we still can.  This colorful Crunchy Asian Slaw is terrific with anything grilled, summer barbecues, pot lucks, or just a regular ol’ dinner…but it also can be good enough for a formal holiday meal!  It’s very easy to prepare, as well as delicious and beautiful.  I can see this going well with my Asian Turkey Meatballs,  Baked Pork Spring Rolls, Cashew Chicken, or Thai Chicken Quinoa Bowls.

Traditional coleslaw just doesn’t do it for me.  It’s normally very heavy on the mayonnaise and really weighs down the vegetables.  There is no mayonnaise in this Crunchy Asian Slaw recipe so if you have an aversion to it, you’ll love this and you will never want to eat regular cole slaw again.  It makes a LOT, too. I made it for just Mr. Wishes and I and it definitely served as my lunch for days and day after the fact.  Not that I minded!

*See my note at the bottom of this post about making this dish ahead of time.  In my opinion, the flavor was even better the next day after the flavors had a chance to develop overnight!  The noodles weren’t as crunchy, but the flavor was even better, so I didn’t mind the lack of crunchiness.

Get ready for next week because I’m doing a whole week of just Mexican food on my blog!

Crunchy Asian Slaw
Recipe type: Side Dish
Cuisine: Asian
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Crunchy Asian Slaw is the perfect side dish recipe for a summer BBQ, pot luck, or picnic!
  • 1 (16 oz.) bag cole slaw mix
  • 1 bunch green onions, chopped
  • 3 packages beef flavored Ramen noodles
  • 1 cup sliced almonds
  • ¼ cup butter, melted
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • 1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • ¼ cup red wine vinegar
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Open packages of Ramen noodles. Put aside the seasong packets (you will use them later). Break up the noodles into bite size pieces and place into a medium size bowl. Toss in sliced almonds and stir together to combine.
  3. Mix together melted butter with TWO of the packets of Ramen noodle seasoning mix. Pour this over the Ramen noodles and almond mixture and stir well. Make sure noodles and almonds are well coated.
  4. Spread onto a baking sheet and bake for 10-12 minutes, until golden brown. Remove from oven and cool.
  5. Place cole slaw in food processor (small batches at a time) to chop it up into smaller pieces. A couple of pulses should do the trick. (This step is optional to make it so you're not eating huge pieces of cabbage).
  6. Put cole slaw mix in a large bowl and add your chopped green onions.
  7. Once noodles and almonds are cool, add those to the bowl as well and give it a good mix. I used my hands for this.
  8. For the dressing, whisk together the sugar, oil, Worcestershire sauce, red wine vinegar, and the remaining packet of Ramen noodle seasoning. Pour over cole slaw mix and stir well. Serve immediately.
  9. !*If you would like the noodles to remain crunchy, don't add the dressing until right before serving. The taste will be great whether you do it ahead of time or not, but the noodles won't be as crunchy if you toss it with the dressing ahead of time. It's all a matter of preference, but it's good both ways!

Recipe source:  adapted from

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31 Responses to “Crunchy Asian Slaw”

  1. August 2, 2013 at 12:45 AM #

    this looks soooo delicious Ashley! I know what you mean, I have no idea where the month of July went!

    • August 2, 2013 at 1:14 AM #

      Same here! Why can’t the winter months fly by that fast? 🙂

  2. August 2, 2013 at 1:00 AM #

    It’s going by too darn fast if you ask me! This slaw looks delicious! I love the idea of using ramen noodles here for the crunch. YUM!

    • August 2, 2013 at 1:14 AM #

      Thanks so much, Anne! I wish the summer would sloooow down a little 🙂

  3. August 2, 2013 at 3:22 AM #

    No mayo means I can have this!…well, after replacing the butter with vegan butter or coconut oil! Regardless, this looks incredible. Reminds me of a salad my mom frequently makes!

    • August 2, 2013 at 12:06 PM #

      I like your idea of coconut oil instead of butter!

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  5. August 2, 2013 at 9:14 AM #

    I absolutely love Asian slaw – such a great lunch!! And yes, summer’s going too quickly!! As a teacher, I am especially sad to see it go! 🙂

    • August 2, 2013 at 12:05 PM #

      Yeah that has to be especially depressing for teachers!

  6. August 2, 2013 at 1:52 PM #

    Yay for light and easy summer dishes like this! I love slaw so much. It’s so versatile!

    • August 2, 2013 at 3:02 PM #

      I know! It’s great!

  7. August 2, 2013 at 5:42 PM #

    I totally love that there’s no mayo in this, it’s one of those things that give me the creeps. This looks great!

    • August 3, 2013 at 12:09 AM #

      My husband is the same way!

  8. August 2, 2013 at 9:57 PM #

    What a great looking salad. I remember I used to make something like this before and you have just reminded me 🙂 Pinning so that I won’t forget anymore!!

    • August 3, 2013 at 12:08 AM #

      Yeah I’d have different versions at parties before, but this one’s my fave so far!

  9. August 2, 2013 at 11:09 PM #

    This sounds so good! I love that it has Ramen noodles in them. It is fun to find healthy ways to use them!

    • August 3, 2013 at 12:08 AM #

      They are so good in this slaw!

  10. August 2, 2013 at 11:29 PM #

    I love the Ramen Noodle Slaws. I make several varieties but have never made your version. None of mine have butter in them or Worchestershire. Whenever I make them, everyone gobbles it up.

    Thanks for sharing your version. I look forward to trying it.

    • August 3, 2013 at 12:07 AM #

      Thanks, Vicki! I hope you like it!

  11. August 3, 2013 at 5:23 PM #

    Yes, the Summer is flying by, unbelievable! Love the idea of making the Asian slaw: crunchy, refreshing, and very Summery!

    • August 3, 2013 at 10:05 PM #

      I know..I wish it would slow down 🙁

  12. August 3, 2013 at 10:03 PM #

    This is one of my most favorite side dishes! The bf hates it, so it’s always all mine!!!

    • August 3, 2013 at 10:05 PM #

      That can’t be a bad thing 😉

  13. August 4, 2013 at 2:11 PM #

    Bring on the Mexican food! My favorite! I live these types of Asian salads. My aunt introduced a version of this to our family a few years back and it is now a family staple!!

    • August 4, 2013 at 11:01 PM #

      I had one at my high school reunion years ago and never forgot about it!

  14. August 4, 2013 at 8:04 PM #

    Great slaw! I love including ramen noodles in slaw – such an interesting texture. And you’ve got some terrific flavors working here. Really good stuff – thanks so much.

    • August 4, 2013 at 11:02 PM #

      Thanks – it was an interesting texture..but a good interesting 🙂

  15. August 6, 2013 at 11:16 AM #

    Oh my gosh, I’m in love with this salad! This would be perfect at a BBQ. 🙂

    • August 7, 2013 at 12:24 AM #

      Thanks, Tina…it sure is!

  16. Courtney
    January 3, 2014 at 3:49 PM #

    To get the yummy flavor of overnight marinating, could you just wait to add the noodles until right before serving and still make the night before??

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