Take-out Tuesday, Ramen Noodle Salad

This month I’m playing with oldie but goodie retro recipes

I did this a few years ago, {you can see the post here}

and it was so popular I wanted to do it again

Big E eats Ramen Noodle Soup almost everyday for lunch

so there’s always plenty of those good ole ramen noodle packages in our pantry

I was inspired by several recipes on Pinterest and decided to try a version,

using crisp romaine and cucumbers

The easy dressing is light and refreshing,

oil, rice vinegar, ramen seasoning packets, and sugar

Place the noodles into a plastic bag and crush them a little with a rolling pin

You don’t want fine crumbs, just broken noodles in smaller pieces

Put cut or torn romaine pieces into a salad bowl

and top with broken noodles and cucumbers

Mix up the dressing and pour over the top

Toss lightly and place salad into the refrigerator for several hours

Toss every hour or so if you can

The moist dressing will soften the noodles

When ready to serve, garnish with chopped green onions and walnuts

This salad has endless possibilities

Suggested Variations:

Add mandarin oranges and use almonds instead of walnuts

Add cooked chicken or shrimp

Add pineapple chunks and use cashews

Light, refreshing and versatile,

you make it ahead of time and

even picky eaters will love it!

Ramen Noodle Salad

an updated version of a popular classic
Prep Time 10 minutes
Course Salad
Cuisine American, Chinese
Servings 4


1 1/2 heads of romaine lettuce, washed and crisped

    1/2 English cucumber or regular cucumber

      1 package Ramen Noodle Soup {I used Soy flavor}

        1/4 cup vegetable oil

          3 Tablespoons rice vinegar

            1 Tablespoon white sugar

              salt and pepper to taste

                chopped roasted or glazed walnut pieces

                  2 green onions, chopped


                    Peel cucumber if desired, English cucumbers have a softer skin so peeling isn’t necessary. Slice cucumber and cut into halves or quarters.  Tear or cut romaine into bite size pieces and put in a large salad bowl.  Top with cucumbers.

                      Remove noodles from package, saving seasoning packet.  Place noodles in a plastic bag and crush with a rolling pin to break noodles into smaller pieces.  Add to salad bowl.

                        Prepare dressing by stirring reserved Ramen Noodle seasoning packet into oil, vinegar and sugar.  Pour dressing over salad, toss lightly, and place in the refrigerator for several hours.  Stir occasionally if possible to soften the noodles.

                          Taste salad and add salt and pepper if desired.  Garnish salad with walnuts and green onions if desired, and serve.


                            Make this ahead of time so noodles will soften
                            Add mandarin oranges and use almonds instead of walnuts
                            Add cooked chicken or shrimp
                            Add pineapple chunks and use cashews



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                            22 Responses to “Take-out Tuesday, Ramen Noodle Salad”
                            1. Jenna, the salad looks like the perfect weekend lunch! In these hot August days, a salad is a go to for me. Wishing you a lovely day!

                            2. lulu says:

                              I’m always up for a good salad as that is often what we have for dinner.

                            3. Shannon@Belle Bleu Interiors says:

                              Jenna, this salad looks so yummy and perfect for a hot summer day! Happy Tuesday, and enjoy your day!

                            4. thefrenchhutch says:

                              Jen, you know how I love salads and this sounds so interesting and yummy. A must try soon!

                            5. Ricki Treleaven says:

                              Goodness, I need to show this to Shelley because she ate ramen at school a lot, and now that she’s home she still sometimes asks for it *giggles* She would love this salad. 😀

                            6. creationsbycindyphotography.blogspot.com says:

                              Ooh, I love these kinds of salads Jenna and rice vinegar is one of my favs. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

                            7. This is definitely a keeper. Sounds delicious and very refreshing!

                            8. What a fun salad! I still love the flavor of those noodles, and I wish I had a nickel for every package I bought when the kids were growing up!

                            9. Nancy says:

                              Oh this looks amazing! Great for these hot days of summer!

                            10. Karinbob says:

                              Jenna this salad sounds so perfect for summer! Thanks for sharing it on Centerpiece Wednesday!

                            11. Mary says:

                              Love your salad Jenna! My SIL used to make a Chinese Chicken Salad with ramen noodles that was so good. I need to find her recipe 🙂

                            12. Joanne says:

                              That sounds delicious! Pinned.

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