Ramen Noodle Salad

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Ramen Noodle Salad with chicken, green onions, carrots, toasted almonds, in a quick, easy vinaigrette is a healthy, easy, lunch option served cold or warm.

Ramen Noodle Salad made from Ramen Noodles

My Ramen Noodles “Aha Moment”

For many years, I avoided ramen noodles and even made recipes to avoid using them like in this ramen makeover from an old Martha Stewart recipe. I couldn’t get the flavor packet full of MSG flavors out of my head anytime I ate ramen noodles.

Then, one day at Whole Foods I tried a cold ramen noodles salad from the prepared foods section. It was delicious and made even more so because I took the bowl to the salad section and added cold chicken, toasted almonds, and tomatoes. (I know, not quite ramen-y but what are you going to do, I’m a sucker for tomatoes.)

Since then, we ALWAYS have ramen noodles in our pantry. We never use the spice packets, but we love the noodles. In fact, we also use the microwavable “Yakisoba” chow mein noodles for this Panda Express Chow Mein which is really popular on this site and on Google!

Ramen Noodle Salad with chicken and almonds

How to Make Ramen Noodle Salad:

Toss the seasoning packed, but put your ramen noodles to good use with this easy and delicious ramen noodle salad:

  1. Cook the ramen noodles a minute shy of the directions on the package and immediately toss with the sesame vinaigrette.
  2. Add in the chicken, onions, carrots and toasted almond.
  3. Then add in the last bit of the rice vinegar and sesame oil dressing.
  4. Serve at room temperature or cold.

Tossing the noodles in the dressing while warm and slightly undercooked allows it to soak up more of the dressing. Win-win, flavorful noodles!

What to serve with Ramen Noodle Salad:

Since this ramen salad is best served cold or at room temperature, it is perfect for lunches. You can serve with vegetable potstickers (we are suckers for this one from Trader Joe’s), steamed vegetables like broccoli and carrots and even a small side of peanut satay sauce or spicy soy dipping sauce.

If you’d like to serve the ramen noodle salad warm, add freshly cooked steak or shrimp to the dish.

Use Ramen Noodles for Ramen Noodle Salad

Ramen Noodle Salad RECIPE ADjustments

  • Healthy: Add in 2 spiralized zucchinis to the ramen. Add less canola oil to the dressing.
  • Spicy: Add 1 teaspoon Sriracha to the dressing.
  • Vegetarian: Add in stir-fried bok choy, snow peas and even Chinese eggplant to the noodle salad.
  • Crunchy: Instead of cooking the ramen, add it in crunchy and toss with twice the dressing and a bag of shredded coleslaw.

Ramen Salad with Chicken and almonds on plate



Ramen Noodle Salad

4.8 from 5 votes
  • Yield: 4 Servings
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Course: Main Course
  • Cuisine: Japanese-American
  • Author: Sabrina Snyder
Ramen Noodle Salad with chicken, green onions, carrots, toasted almonds, in a quick, easy vinaigrette is a healthy, easy, lunch option served cold or warm.


  • 4 packages instant ramen
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil
  • 1/4 cup rice vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red peppers
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 cups grilled chicken strips
  • 1 bunch scallions , finely sliced (greens only)
  • 1 bag coleslaw mix , with carrots and red cabbage
  • 1/3 cup sliced almonds , toasted


Note: click on times in the instructions to start a kitchen timer while cooking.

  1. Discard the spice packets and cook the ramen a minute shy of the instructions.
  2. While the ramen is cooking mix the canola oil, sesame oil, rice vinegar, salt, honey in a large bowl and whisk.
  3. Reserve ¼ cup of the dressing and toss the noodles with the rest of the dressing while hot.
  4. Add in the remaining ingredients including the reserved dressing and toss well.
  5. Serve cold or at room temperature.

Nutrition Information

Yield: 4 Servings, Amount per serving: 814 calories, Calories: 814g, Carbohydrates: 80g, Protein: 18g, Fat: 49g, Saturated Fat: 9g, Cholesterol: 16mg, Sodium: 2075mg, Potassium: 527mg, Fiber: 6g, Sugar: 23g, Vitamin A: 205g, Vitamin C: 42.8g, Calcium: 98g, Iron: 4.5g

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Keywords: ramen noodle salad, ramen salad
Ramen Noodle Salad on plate with limes
Ramen Noodle Salad

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  1. I love this recipe. I added tangerines and a tablespoon of soy sauce to the dressing. I can’t get enough.

  2. This is the weirdest recipe ever! Perhaps I used too much dressing but I’ve made this twice, using only 2 packs of ramen and an entire bag of coleslaw. An hour later, when I looked in the refrigerator, the coleslaw had pretty much disappeared. I’ve no idea if the vinegar disliked it or what. It was still very good though.

    1. I’m glad you still enjoyed it. Did you happen to use finely shredded cole slaw? I mean, the coleslaw will wilt while in the fridge so maybe use a thicker cut next time to hold up more to your liking. Hope this helps.

  3. This is a great recipe!  To make it a little healthier, I used two ramen packs, two spiralized zucchini noodles, and used a little more than a 1/4 c of oil.  

  4. I see the recipe calls to discard the seasoning packet. We used the seasoning packet in the dressing , it was delicious!

  5. First, I want to say I was surprised to find out that this recipe actually used ramen noodles found on those ramen packets, Sabrina. It got me even more curious so I decided to give it a try. I did cook the noodles for around 2 minutes because I want mine more al dente; and I lessened the oil according to taste since that is just my personal preference. Thankfully, it did not alter the taste at all; and my ramen noodle salad tasted delish!

  6. OMG……yum, yum, yum!! I’ve been looking for a good Asian salad dressing for a long time. This dressing is AMAZING and DELICIOUS. I cut the canola oil and 1/2 because of calories. Most dressings with oil in them have a tendency to be too oily. This is perfect using 1/4 cup of canola oil instead of 1/2 cup. The flavors blend so well together. The next time I make it I will double the re Ile and add some freshly grated ginger root to see if that will make it a ginger sesame dressing. I’m so glad I signed up for your email recipes. I can’t wait to try your chicken lo mein recipe next. Thank you Sabrina for sharing these recipes. Looking forward for more to come.