Crunchy ramen noodles and cabbage make this easy Asian-inspired salad with an addictive dressing an instant picnic and pot luck favorite.
This salad is pretty enough to take a picture of. And pretty enough to share that pic. That’s why today I’ve partnered with Adobe to share a new app they’ve developed for your smart phone that makes it incredibly easy to resize and add text to your smart phone photos, even for the tech challenged.
Because isn’t good food meant to be shared? I’d say so.
That’s why I love sharing recipes that have stood the test of time. The recipes that when you’re stumped as to what to make, you just go to the proven standards that you’ve made over and over and over again..
That is this Asian Ramen Noodle Salad. It’s probably on the all-time top 10 list of the most-favorite, often-requested, go-to-because-it’s-incredibly-easy pot luck and picnic salads. Ever.
Funnily, it’s not a salad I normally make for an average Wednesday night dinner. And I have no idea why not. It’s always just seemed to have that retro, convivial sharing quality. It’s a salad meant to be eaten with a crowded table of friends and family gathered round a bunch of burgers and beers at the BBQ.
But then, what isn’t?
Probably one reason this salad has stood the test of entertaining time is that it is incredibly easy to make and lasts for a beyond average length of time on the card table draped with a tablecloth disguised as an elegant banquet buffet.
Or is that just at my house?
Or maybe it’s so popular because it bears the ying and yang of sweet and savory. It’s the teriyaki chicken of asian salads. It’s non-threatening, there’s nothing too weird in it and it’s a salad that nearly every picky eater will try. Even the onions!
For today’s recipe post I wanted to create an image with the ingredients on the photo to share on Instagram and Facebook—and for you to download if you’d like. I made it with Adobe Post and I’m sharing how I did it at the end of this post.
But first, the recipe…
About the Recipe
Some ramen salad recipes are straight up cabbage or coleslaw mix, drowned in a too-sweet dressing and maybe if you’re lucky a little green onion and almonds.
As usual I had to up the flavor ante in my version.
Let’s start with the dressing.
When it comes to sesame dressing, some recipes call for a whole lot of sugar. Now in my opinion, whether it’s agave, honey, cane sugar, brown sugar or whatever label you want to give it, it’s still sugar. I use regular white granulated sugar in this recipe, but not a lot. If you prefer a sweeter dressing, add 1 teaspoon more sugar at a time to your taste.
While my dressing isn’t overly sweet, it is the sweet and savory balance of this recipe that I crave so I add a fruit candy bite of mandarin oranges. While I prefer fresh oranges for a snack, mandarins are my Smudge’s favorite and she eats them straight from the can. Thus, I always buy the mandarin oranges in light syrup. The heavy stuff puts me over the motherly edge.
To add a little more of a healthy bite, I add shelled edamame beans to the salad. Edamame is a good source of protein and fiber for vegetarians and meat eaters alike. I’ve yet to find a nutrient that discriminates sharing it’s healthy properties.
But if you’d like to add an even bigger bang of protein, you could always add a chopped chicken breast or two to create a main meal. Whenever I have leftovers of this salad that’s what you’ll most often see in my lunchtime bowl.
If you make this recipe, please let me know! Leave a comment below or take a photo and tag me on Instagram with #foodiecrusheats.
- 1 16-ounce package coleslaw mix
- 1 package dry ramen noodles
- 1 15-ounce can mandarin oranges, drained
- 1 cup frozen shelled edamame beans, thawed
- 6 green onions, whites and greens chopped
- ¼ cup slivered almonds
- 1 tablespoon black sesame seeds
- 7 tablespoons seasoned rice vinegar
- 2 tablespoons vegetable or grapeseed oil
- 3 teaspoons light soy sauce
- 3 teaspoons sugar
- 4 teaspoons sesame oil (add more to taste if you prefer a strong sesame taste)
- Freshly ground black pepper
- **Optional: Add 2 cups chopped chicken breast to make a one dish meal
- Add the coleslaw mix to a large bowl. Crumble the dry ramen noodles into the coleslaw and then add the mandarin oranges and edamame. Add the green onions, slivered almonds and black sesame seeds and toss. In a small bowl, whisk the rice vinegar, vegetable oil, soy sauce, sugar and sesame oil and freshly ground black pepper in a small bowl. Drizzle over the slaw mix and toss to combine. Refrigerate for 1 hour for flavors to meld.
Take a Pic and Share a While
Unlike a lot of my readers, I know Adobe products like Photoshop, Indesign and Lightroom extremely well. They’re the programs I use to color correct and size photos, add text to pictures and design magazines and ebooks.
I’ve been using them for so long that they’re pretty much an extension of my right arm.
So when Adobe asked me to try out their new Adobe Post app for my iPhone, I said absolutely.
I share my recipes in lots of places besides here on the blog. Pinterest. Facebook. Instagram. And now with Adobe Post, it’s easy to create text on photos for each of those formats with just one file. Adobe Post does all the resizing, including the image and text, to automatically fit each format.
It’s like magic.
All I had to do was import a photo from my phone into Adobe Post, type in the name of my recipe and start typing in the ingredients.
From there, you get to choose what fonts you want to use, the size, alignment and even the shapes you want to try.
There’s no fiddling with point sizes or numbers, it’s all dynamic so you just grab a hold of a corner of your text box and manipulate it with your fingers. Adobe Post does all of the design work for you.
Adobe Post provides suggests color palettes for your image, or you can choose the colors yourself.
There are also pre-designed templates and design filters that you can apply to your text and Adobe Post will automatically generate and mimic that look to your text.
I chose a relatively simple theme for my headline and Adobe Post automatically put the white box around the text. When the text is resized, the box reflows with it.
To create a version for Instagram or Facebook, simply choose which format you’d like to have the text resized for, and snap! It’s done.
From there, simply edit your text if you’d like to resize or change the format.
And then, share your greatness with the world. Because you are pretty great.
This post is sponsored by Adobe. As always, thank you for reading and for supporting companies I partner with, which allows me to create more unique content and recipes for you. All opinions are always my own.
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