What is Broccoli Slaw with Ramen Noodles you say? How do you make Broccoli Slaw and is it healthy? What’s in Broccoli Slaw and how do you serve it? And, where did it originate?
Easy Broccoli Slaw with Ramen Noodles is a delicious, crunchy, healthy salad made with raw broccoli, toasted sunflower seeds, almonds, and something all college students are well familiar with, ramen noodles. Broccoli Slaw also features a sweet and tangy dressing instead of the mayonnaise-based one commonly used on regular cabbage coleslaw. Some version of Broccoli Slaw with Ramen Noodles can almost always be found at potluck dinners, covered dish suppers, and barbecues and recipes for this tasty dish have been shared with friends and passed down in families for generations.
More traditional coleslaw which contains cabbage was brought to New York State by the Dutch who called it “Koosla”. “Kool” is Dutch for cabbage and “sla” for salad.
Broccoli Slaw was created by an inventive chef who was trying to find a use for broccoli stems. Broccoli Slaw is also known as Mad Hatter Salad, Asian Salad, Asian Slaw, Ramen Noodle Salad and Asian Coleslaw. A friend, Margaret Groves shared this recipe with me, and it has quickly become a favorite in our house, and I know you and your family will love it too! It’s versatile, can be made ahead of time and you can serve it with pretty much any entree. Leftovers, if you have any, are even better the next day!
Easy Broccoli Slaw with Ramen Noodles is easy to prepare and has a short list of ingredients which are: a package of broccoli slaw, a head of fresh broccoli, green onions or scallions, ramen chicken flavored noodles, slivered almonds, butter, sunflower seeds, sugar, vinegar, vegetable oil and low sodium soy sauce.
If you are ready to make this yummy salad, let’s get started!
Melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the crushed ramen noodles (The easiest way to crush the noodles is while they are still in their package. Use the heel of your hand and press down firmly until you can feel that the noodles are all broken into small pieces. ) Add the ramen noodle flavor packages and mix well. Add the sunflower seeds and almonds.
Cook for approximately 8 minutes or until everything is toasted. Be sure to stir frequently and watch carefully as this mixture can burn quickly. Set aside and allow it to cool completely. If you are making ahead, place in a sealed plastic storage bag.
To make the dressing, add the vegetable oil, sugar, soy sauce and vinegar to a mason jar. Cover and shake well to blend the ingredients.
Just before you are ready to serve the slaw add the packaged broccoli slaw, green onions or scallions and broccoli pieces to a large bowl.
Pour about 3/4 of the dressing over the slaw and mix well. Add about 3/4 of the ramen noodle mixture and mix well. If you think the salad is too dry, add additional dressing. Garnish with additional ramen noodle mixture if desired. Serve immediately and enjoy!