Chop and Drop Oriental Salad

This recipe was given to me by my grandma last summer.  I was a little worried at first, only because I hate Ramen noodles…but this salad is so amazingly good.  It’s perfect just by itself or inside a lettuce wrap.  Hope you enjoy!

Oriental Salad

Oriental Salad

1 package of coleslaw lettuce mix

1 cup sun flower seeds (this is more of a ‘to your liking’ kind of thing.  If you don’t like sunflower seeds, you can use almonds or walnuts)

1 bunch green onions, chopped

1 package oriental flavored Ramen noodles

3/4 cup canola oil

1/2 cup sugar

1/3 cup taragon vinegar (not only do I not know if this even exists in real life, but I couldn’t even tell you where to find it.  I improvise and use 1/3 cup white vinegar and chop up some taragon leaves and let the two get happy together.  Works perfectly)

The dressing

1.  In a large bowl combine the coleslaw, sunflower seeds, and green onions.  Open the Ramen noodles and set the flavor packet aside.  Crush up the noodles into the coleslaw mix.

2.  In another bowl, whisk the canola oil, taragon vinegar, sugar, and flavor packet together.  Pour over your salad and mix/toss until everything is combined.  Cover it with plastic wrap and refrigerate at least 2 hours (the longer, the better!).

This is a great dish for a party because it can be made well in advance.  It’s also perfect as a meal that, if made early in the week, will last you for the remainder of the week.  It could be a side dish or a main dish.  Add some grilled chicken and you’re good to go!

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18 responses to “Chop and Drop Oriental Salad

  1. Yummers, I’ll have to try that out 🙂

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  2. good lookin’! thanks for posting!

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  3. I love this. Usually have it with shredded chicken breast included. Thanks for reminding me I need to fix this!

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  4. Looks scrumptious! I can’t wait to try this out.

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  5. I was trying to figure out what I was making for dinner! Thanks.

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  6. This sounds really good! I am going to have to try this soon….isn’t it great all the things you can do with ramen noodles? And so very low in cost also….that’s always a plus…lol….thank you for sharing……. Lila

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    • Oh I know! Especially with the economy being as it is, Ramen noodles have been my new “experiment” in the kitchen 🙂

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      • Hi! Just wanted to get back to tell you I found some info on tarragon vinegar. It seems that it may have begun as a way to preserve the tarragon as it looses most of it flavor when dried. one site was http://www.sallybernstein.com/food/colums/gilbert/tarragon.htm I also found many recipes for making it….lol…along with other flavored vinegars and olive oils….most recommend white wine vinegars for the tarragon and other herbs red wine vinegars and olive oils. I got the spring fever starting…lol…the type that says go to the kitchen and fined good recipes that have little need of heating up the whole house…..so many spicy salad type meals….hmm my favorite! My son is to pick up my grocery list today and do my monthly shopping…..so I’ll be able to now try your recipe….thanks again…… Lila

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      • Thanks for that! I figured I’m never going to use tarragon vinegar in anything else ever, so I just combine vinegar and tarragon leaves and it’s good enough for me! I hope you like the recipe! It is really good and refreshing and yes, doesn’t heat up your kitchen. I don’t know where you are, but it’s a warm and balmy 80 something degrees here in Chicago…I think I’m already ready for fall!

        Thanks again for this and I hope you have a great day!
        Melissa 😉

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      • I’m in Georgia and we have had a longer cooler winter but it is now climbing on up to 80’s and 90’s . Found all kinds of idea’s for flavored vinegars but my son just dropped off my groceries and well…by the time I finish shelling the sunflower seeds the tarragon should be grown….lol…needless to say he didn’t understand my shopping list….but I will not give up…I will make it and be sure to let you know……thanks!

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  7. Songbird

    Looks light and refreshing! Thanks for the recipe- I will try it out!

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  9. Hi just wanted to get back to you to let you know that I made this salad for the holiday long weekend! I made the tarragon vinegar by using white wine vinegar and adding fresh tarragon for a few days ahead and now going to keep a supply on hand! The salad is a big hit too. The only thing I did was cut back on the sugar as I am diabetic. Waiting on the tarragon and shelling those sunflower seeds…lol…was well worth it as they add a nice touch to this salad….Thank you for sharing……. Lila

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