Recipe: Ramen Noodle Salad

Published on: 06/06/2024

Fun and Flavorful Ramen Noodle Salad – A Hit in Our Kids Cooking Class!

Cooking with kids is always a fun (and sometimes messy!) adventure, and this week at our cooking class, we had an absolute blast making a vibrant and delicious Ramen Noodle Salad. This recipe is not only easy to follow but also packed with flavors and colors that kids love. It’s a fantastic way to introduce young chefs to the joys of cooking while sneaking in some nutritious veggies. Here’s how our culinary adventure unfolded!

A Twist on a Classic Favorite

Ramen noodles are a staple in many households, especially among kids. These Chinese-style wheat noodles, typically enjoyed in a savory broth, are versatile and beloved. We decided to give the traditional ramen a fun twist by turning it into a refreshing and tasty salad. By combining the noodles with a sesame dressing and crunchy vegetables, we created a dish that’s perfect for any meal or occasion.

Step-by-Step Fun

Step 1: Making the Sesame Dressing Our class started with preparing the sesame dressing. The kids measured the tamari sauce, honey, toasted sesame oil, rice vinegar, minced garlic, and grated ginger root. They whisked these ingredients in a large bowl, creating a flavorful base for our salad. They explored the aroma of the freshly grated ginger and minced garlic while talking about how these flavors add to foods.

Step 2: Preparing the Noodle Salad Next, it was time to cook the noodles. We used two packs of ramen noodle soup, but you can also use Chinese noodles or rice noodles for a gluten-free option. The kids cooked the noodles according to the package directions, then drained them well. The starchy noodles were perfect for soaking up the dressing.

We then added a colorful mix of veggies – three cups of broccoli slaw, one cup of thinly sliced bell pepper in a rainbow of colors, and half a cup of sliced green onions. The kids loved having the responsibility of cutting up the vegetables with their kid-friendly knives.

Step 3: Bringing It All Together Once the noodles had cooled slightly, we combined them with the sesame dressing and tossed everything together in a large bowl. The kids took turns tossing, ensuring every noodle was coated with the delicious dressing. After letting the salad cool in the refrigerator for an hour, we added a sprinkle of sesame seeds for an extra touch of flavor and texture.

The Final Result

The end result was a delightful Ramen Noodle Salad that was not only visually appealing but also incredibly tasty. The kids were proud of their creation and eager to share it with their families (if they hadn’t eaten it already!). This dish is perfect for lunchboxes, picnics, or as a side dish for dinner. It’s a great way to incorporate more vegetables into a meal and show kids that healthy eating can be fun and delicious.

Around the World: Learning food and culture in class with our trip to Japan.

Ramen, a popular Japanese noodle dish among kids, are Chinese-style wheat noodles typically in a flavorful broth. Common variations include soy sauce and miso, topped with sliced pork, nori, menma (bamboo shoots), and scallions.

Step 1: Make the Sesame Dressing

▢ ¼ cup reduced sodium soy sauce or Tamari (gluten-free)

▢ 2 tablespoons honey or agave, brown sugar, or maple syrup

▢ 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil

▢ 1 tablespoon rice vinegar

▢ 1 teaspoon minced garlic

▢ 1 teaspoon grated ginger root

Whisk together the soy sauce, honey, sesame oil, vinegar, garlic, and ginger together in a large mixing bowl. Set aside.

Step 2: Make the Noodle Salad

▢ 2 packs of Ramen noodle soup, toss the seasoning packet or use 8 oz. or Chinese noodles (I use the KA-ME brand, these are typical wheat noodles). To make gluten-free, use rice noodles.

▢ 3 cups broccoli slaw or 2 cups thawed frozen peas

▢ 1 cup thinly sliced red, orange or yellow bell pepper

▢ ½ cup sliced green onions

▢ 1 tablespoon sesame seeds (optional)

Cook the noodles according to package directions. Once the noodles are cooked, drain well in a colander. There is no need to rinse the noodles. The starch from the cooked noodles will help the dressing adhere to the noodles for a more flavorful punch!

Step 3: Combine

Combine the noodles with the dressing in a large bowl and toss to coat. Let noodles cool slightly, about 15 minutes. After cooling, add the vegetables. Allow to cool in the refrigerator for at least one hour and up to 8 hours. Before serving, add sesame seeds 

Nutritional Content Per Serving (8 servings):

  • Calories: 154.5 kcal
  • Carbohydrates: 22.7 g
  • Protein: 4.1 g
  • Fat: 6.1 g
  • Sodium: 870 mg

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