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Ramen Cabbage Salad

Asian Ramen Cabbage Salad is made with ramen noodles, Napa cabbage, shredded cabbage, coarsely chopped walnuts, dried cranberries, and green onions. Mixed with a simple oriental sweet and sour salad dressing.

When I bring this Ramen Cabbage Salad to a potluck, everybody loves this tangy, crunchy, side dish. It is easy and quick to prepare and so delicious.

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Ramen Cabbage Salad

Feed a Crowd

I made that large bowl of Ramen Noodle Salad last weekend and there was a scant amount left for maybe a little snack later. That was grabbed up too. I took home an empty bowl.

When food is that good that you can bring healthy food and not have any to bring back home…that is good food.

What is Napa Cabbage

It is an oblong, large-headed cabbage packed with, crinkly, pale green, thickly veined leaves and a white stalk. Some folks refer to this cabbage as “celery cabbage” because of the white stalk in the middle.

However, this cabbage is a wonderful vegetable choice for feeding a crowd. It is nutritious and relatively inexpensive when compared to other vegetables.

Gardeners rate this as a vegetable that is easy to grow. Growing and using this cabbage is becoming more popular throughout the world. Therefore, it is relatively easy to find and as an added bonus it is easy to prepare as well.

Uses for Napa Cabbage

Napa cabbage can be eaten raw in salads such as this delicious Ramen Cabbage Salad. When cooked; however, it takes on a sweet and juicy flavor. Further, it easily picks up the flavors of the other foods it is cooked with.

This cabbage is often used in stir-fries and soups since it softens well. It is often added during the last stage of the cooking process.

Fresh Napa Cabbage

Preparing Napa Cabbage

This beautiful cabbage is cut in half so you can see the fresh layers. You can see the thicker white part just above the stem that would be a little tougher to eat. Therefore, I just cut down to that part. To prepare the cabbage, I cut it in half. First though I washed the outside, removed an outer layer of leaves.

Napa Cabbage Cut in Half

Next, I sliced each half in approximately 3 sections.

The photo below shows how I sliced across the sections. This made for easy eating on the soft fresh leaves. Additionally,as you get closer to the stem and the cabbage gets a bit tougher, the pieces are small enough where they can be easily chewed and enjoyed.

I slice down to just above the stem section. That part is tough.

Ramen Noodle Salad Dressing

Use this delicious saucy salad dressing over the top of the Ramen Noodle Salad ingredients. I made this last week. Salad was what I was supposed to bring to our gathering.

When I uncovered the salad, the family exclaimed you brought “THE” salad. I laughed not knowing it was so special. Well, a few wanted the recipe. I told them I would get on the stick and get it on the blog.

Use the Salad Dressing for many different salad combinations. It just adds so much flavor and is so easy to make too.

Ramen Cabbage Salad

This Cabbage Salad is Ridiculously Simple!

There are a million ways you can make this Asian Ramen slaw.

I am using a head of fresh Napa Cabbage, a bunch of green onions, partial bag of pre-shredded cabbage, walnuts, dried sweet cranberries, and of course, the toasted Ramen Noodles. However, feel free to use your favorite salad ingredients.

Crunchy Raman Noodles

Top your favorite salad off with the toasted Ramen Noodles and the delicious and easy Oriental Salad Dressing. Often, I use this salad dressing on lettuce with slices fruit, such as a few strawberries. Add a bit of cheese, and it becomes a meal

Get your family to enjoy eating their salad greens.
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Ramen Cabbage Salad

Asian Ramen Salad is made with ramen noodles, Napa cabbage, shredded cabbage, coarsely chopped walnuts, dried cranberries, and green onions. Mixed with a simple oriental sweet and sour salad dressing.
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time5 minutes
Total Time20 minutes
Course: Salad, Salad Dressing
Cuisine: American, Asian
Keyword: Cabbage, recipe, salad, Salad Dressing
Servings: 10 Servings
Calories: 293kcal


  • 3 Tbl Butter
  • 3 3 Oz. Packages of Ramen Noodles Seasoning Packet Removed, Break up the Ramen Noodles while still in the package for less mess.
  • 1 Cup Walnuts Chopped coarsley
  • 1 Head Napa Cabbage Clean, Dried, and Cut to Bite-sized pieces
  • 2 Cups Shredded Cabbage the kind you purchase in a bag
  • 1 Bunch Green Onions Sliced Thin

Oriental Salad Dressing

  • 1/2 Cup Light Flavored Olive Oil Or some other light oil you like
  • 1/4 Cup White Vinegar
  • 1/2 Cup White Sugar
  • 2 1/2 Tbl. Low-Sodium Soy Sauce
  • 3/4 Cup Dried Cranberries


Cabbage Salad

  • Cut the Napa cabbage, slice the green onions, and combine this with the bagged cabbage in a large mixing bowl. Add half of the dried cranberries and walnuts (you can also toast these first before adding or buy them already toasted). Add half of the Ramen noodles.
  • A few minutes before serving this cabbage salad, pour the salad dressing over the greens. Mix. Add the remaining Ramen Noodles, cranberries, and walnuts on the top.

Ramen Noodle Topping

  • Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium heat. While the butter is melting, crush the Ramen noodles while they are still in their packages. Once crushed and the butter is melted, pour the contents into the butter in the skillet. Remove the seasoning packets. You will not need those for this recipe.
  • Saute for a few minutes While stirring frequently, until the Ramen noodles are turning golden. Remove from the heat and let cool.

Oriental Salad Dressing

  • To make the dressing: combine the sugar, oil,
  • vinegar, and soy sauce in a bowl.
  • Whisk for a minute or so.
  • Whisk until the sugars are dissolved.
  • Refrigerate any left over salad dressing.Enjoy
  • Serve and enjoy.

Your Own Private Notes



This salad is best when the salad dressing is added 5-15 minutes before you plan to eat. That will assure a flavorful and crispy salad.
Be creative with the ingredients.
The traditional Ramen Noodle Salad would just be the cabbage, green onions, slivered almonds and sesame seeds with this delicious salad dressing. However, I have added a variety of salad options to this and it turns out great every time. 
This would also be delicious with cooked chicken as a cabbage chicken salad.


Calories: 293kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Sodium: 140mg | Potassium: 319mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 20g | Vitamin A: 358IU | Vitamin C: 29mg | Calcium: 100mg | Iron: 1mg
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