Crunchy SlawI’m not a fan of traditional cole slaw.  That’s putting it nicely, in all actuality I HATE cole slaw.  And I really don’t use the “H” word for very many foods.  But crunchy slaw is decidedly NOT traditional slaw.  It’s more like a salad with a bit of crunch.  It’s a perfect dish to take along to a picnic or a potluck.  You can prep it the day before, then mix it all up the day of your event.  It’s super easy to make (you know I love recipes that are EASY).  My recipe was made using my Aunt Patti’s recipe & my cousin Kathy’s recipe…I took what I liked from each of theirs and made my own creation, quite similar to theirs.  I hope you enjoy it!

Crunchy Slaw ::


5292011 0491 (3 oz) package Chicken Flavor Ramen Noodles

1/3 cup Peanut Oil

3 Tbs. Rice Wine Vinegar (or just Rice Vinegar or I know someone who uses cider vinegar & vegetable oil instead of peanut oil & rice wine vinegar)

2 Tbs. Sugar

1 bag cole slaw mix (found by bagged salads in produce section)

1/2 cup sliced green onions

1 cup dry roasted peanuts

1 cup sunflower seeds (no shell!)


1. Open Ramen Noodles & Set aside seasoning packet

2. Break noodles into small pieces, place in shallow baking pan. Bake at 400° for FIVE MINUTES or until golden….keep a close eye on them or they will burn. Stir once while cooking. Set aside and let cool

This is what the noodles should look like when they are toasted:

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3. Combine Ramen seasoning packet, oil, vinegar and sugar in a jar and shake until mixed – cover and chill

I prep all of my ingredients ahead of time because I’m usually preparing this for an event the following day.  I put the nuts/sunflowers in one baggie, then the green onions in one, & the toasted Ramen noodles in another.  And I put the dressing in my salad dressing jar or a mason jar.  Now I have all of the ingredients prepared and ready to go!

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4. Just before serving combine: cole slaw, dressing, nuts, sunflower seeds and green onions. Stir Well.

5. Top with toasted noodles.

I do steps 1-3 the night before, and then it only takes a minute to put together the day of the event.

The Finished Product:

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I guarantee you that this dish will be a hit!  It’s a perfect side for any summer gathering.
So tell me, what’s your favorite dish to bring to a summer picnic or potluck?