Sunday, May 31, 2009

Oriental Chicken Salad

A couple of months ago at work we had a potluck and a co-worker brought in this salad. This salad is pretty similar to a traditional salad but instead of lettuce this one contains cabbage. The thickness of the cabbage makes the salad crunchy and also helps keep the salad fresh for several days.

This has got to be my new favorite salad. Although the flavors are not necessarily strong, there is just something about this that I love. This lasted for three days in my fridge before it was gone and was fresh and delicious the entire time. I even think it would have been ok a day or so more. At first the noodles are crunchy but after sitting for a day they become soft and the salad tastes great either way. I strongly recommend trying this salad sometime soon. It was a hit at my Memorial Day cookout, even with the guys that do not typically like salad. This recipe is definitely a keeper! I am already craving it again.

Oriental Chicken Salad

Adapted from a recipe given to me by Sonya G., a co-worker

Salad Ingredients
2 tablespoons sesame seeds
1/2 cup slivered almonds
1 package Ramen noodles
1 small head cabbage, shredded*
1/3 cup carrots, julienned*
4 green onions, chopped
2 cups cooked chicken breast, diced

Dressing Ingredients
1/2 cup canola oil
2 tablespoons vinegar
2 tablespoons sugar
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 seasoning packet from Ramen noodles

Toast sesame seeds and almonds in a 350 degree oven for 5-10 minutes; set aside to cool.
Place the cooled sesame seeds and almonds in a large bowl. Crumble the Ramen noodles into the bowl and add the cabbage, carrots, green onions, and chicken. In a small bowl mix together all of the dressing ingredients and stir well. Add the dressing to the salad ingredients and toss to coat.

*Time saving tip - Substitute two bags of cole slaw mix for the cabbage and carrots.


Elizabeth said...

This looks great - thanks for sharing!

Kayte said...

this looks really good Amber! i looks like a salad i could get everyone in my family to eat. yumm!

Michelle said...

This sounds great, perfect for summer!

Anonymous said...

This looks fab!! I'm always looking for salad recipes that don't include mayo. This looks like a keeper!! Thanks for sharing. :)

Lynda said...

I have been making this salad for over 30 years. It is great to take to potlucks.

Lynda said...

I have been making this salad for over 30 years. It is great to take to potlucks.

That Girl said...

I bet this would be fantastic with some Napa cabbage.

Anonymous said...

I keep seeing these salads with ramen noodles pop up in my reader. I have personally never tried on, but yours looks like a great version!

Anonymous said...

This is one of my favorite salads. I've never tried it with carrots, but I will have to. We love carrots, and it adds such a nice color. Thanks for the great idea!

Colleen said...

Yum! So light and summery!

Abby said...

I love these salads - so cool and great for summer.

Sophie said...

This sounds so so tasty! I love meals that get better with time. I would like to share your recipe with our readers, on our blog -- please email me at if you're interested. Thanks! :)

Jessica said...

Looks yummy! I love when people serve this salad at parties but I never think to make it myself! Thanks for sharing!

Anonymous said...

This looks so great! I love light chicken salads and the addition of cabbage is genius!!

Spryte said...

I 'just' saw this on another blog... it's going on my must make list!

DLib30 said...


Thanks for the recipe. It was a big hit at the BBQ I made it for.


AdventGeekGirl said...

Trying browning the crumbled ramen before adding it. SO NUMMY!!!