September 18, 2012

Napa Cabbage Salad

"I never knew cabbage could taste so good."  That's a quote from Chris after eating this salad tonight.  I only post favorite recipes, but this is definitely a top favorite and highly recommended! 

The inspiration for this salad comes from Farmer Steve of HighCross Farm.  He enjoyed a napa cabbage salad at the Campbellsport Inn and shared a link to a similar recipe on

I was surprised by how easy this salad was to create.  I prepared the cabbage the same way as lettuce, just tearing it into bite-size pieces.

Next, using a plastic bag and a rolling pin, break up the ramen noodles.  Don't forget to discard the seasoning packet.  You definitely won't need it.

Saute the ramen noodles and sliced almonds in the melted butter and you have a delicious crunchy salad topping.

Add the crunchy topping to the cabbage, drizzle with dressing and you're ready to enjoy this amazing salad. 

We had a lot of leftover dressing, which makes me think you could cut the dressing recipe in half.  I guess it just depends on how much dressing you prefer. 

Napa Cabbage Salad

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 11 minutes

Ingredients (serves 4)
  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 3 oz package ramen noodles, broken (plastic bag + rolling pin)
  • 1 cup sliced almonds
  • 1/4 cup cider vinegar
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 head napa cabbage, torn into bite-size pieces
  • 1 bunch green onions, minced
  • In a large saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the ramen noodles and sliced almonds. Stir frequently until noodles and almonds start to brown, about 10 minutes.
  • In a small saucepan, combine the vinegar, oil, sugar and soy sauce. Bring mixture to a boil, then let it boil for 1 minute. Remove from heat and let cool.
  • To serve, add cabbage to a small plate, sprinkle with some green onions, top with the noodle/almond mixture, and finally drizzle with dressing.
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  1. Ooh, I love how crunchy and textured this salad is! Salads can get so boring but this sounds fun to eat.

  2. I'm sure this is amazing. I make a broccoli salad with ramen and it is wonderful. I bet this would make a good work lunch.

  3. Aren't ramon noodles a high glycemic carb? whole wheat noodles are suppose to be what we eat if eating healthy, I understand.....The recipe sounds great but I'd be afraid of the ramon noodles' nutritional value. tell me I'm wrong. I sure would like to try it.

    1. I've heard the same, but I think ramen noodles are ok once in awhile, assuming you discard the seasoning packet.

    2. Life without a few pleasures isn't much of a life,.... make the salad enjoy it, you'll be glad you did!!