Summer is in full swing here, which means picnics and grilling. I went to one recently with the Big One for his Boy Scout Troop. I love pot lucks because they are are a great way to be introduced to new recipes. That’s where I found this one– Asian Cole Slaw (or is it coleslaw?) I want to say that it’s not really an Asian dish, rather it’s called Asian because it has ramen noodles and soy sauce. Now she gave me the rough proportions that she used, and told me that there were many versions of this recipe. Boy was she right! I looked into this recipe around the web and found dozens of varieties. This is my variation, based on the lovely dish that I had at the Boy Scout potluck with some slight tinkering of my own.
- One bag of pre-mixed cole slaw (alternatively, you can chopped up cabbage and shredded carrots)
- 5-6 Green Onions, chopped thinly
- 1 Package of Chicken Flavored Ramen Noodles
- 1/2 Cup of Almonds
- 2 Tablespoons Sesame Seeds
- 2 Tablespoons Rice Vinegar
- 5 Tablespoons Soy Sauce
- 2 Tablespoons Granulated Sugar
- 1/3 Cup Oil
Open the ramen noodles. Set the chicken flavored packet to the side. Place the noodles in a bag and crush evenly with a rolling pin. Set the noodles aside. Mix the cole slaw and green onions together in a large bowl. Add ramen noodles to mixture. Toast the almonds and sesame seeds together until lightly brown. Add to slaw mixture. Toss all of the mixture together thoroughly.
In small bowl, whisk the vinegar, soy sauce, sugar, oil and chicken seasoning packet from the ramen noodles. Pour over the slaw mixture and toss together.
The biggest difference between my version of this recipe and all of the other ones I’ve seen is the quantity of soy sauce. I thought the dressing was too bland without the extra soy sauce. This was so yummy that I ate 2 large servings after I finished preparing it! It’s downright addictive. This is going to be my go-to recipe for picnics and potlucks from now on. I am considering trying a version of the recipe with sunflower seeds and chicken. I think that might be extra tasty!
What do you like to bring to a picnic?
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