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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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