Guys, this is the BEST and the original ramen noodle salad recipe. It has a little bit of crunch, a little bit of  sweet tangy-ness, a lot of savory goodness all wrapped into one. It’s perfect for potlucks, barbecues, or for lunches! It’s such a crowd pleaser and I always get asked for the recipe!
  ramen noodle cabbage salad in bowl with spoon

Call me crazy, but I love this salad the next day. When the cabbage and noodles have a some time to soak up the tangy dressing…oh it’s good! Cabbage is different then lettuce in that it doesn’t wilt as easily and has a sturdy leaf. It doesn’t get soggy after sitting in a dressing. If you are one of those mason salad jar addicts, then this is a good one for you! Scale the proportions down and you have a great ready-to-go salad!


  • If you don’t have almonds try using walnuts, hazelnuts or pinenuts
  • This is a great salad for using up leftover veg, try shredded carrots, zucchini or cauliflower
  • Try adding shredded meat such as chicken or beef
  • You can add fresh herbs or dried spices to adapt the flavor to your liking


  1. Cabbage! Can you use bagged pre-shredded cabbage? YES! It’s a nice quick short cut, I still prefer to cut my own as I feel it is crispier and stays crispier. It can hold up to the dressing better.
  2. Ramen noodles + seasoning. My favorite flavor is beef to use for this! but Chicken and pork also work.
  3. Slivered Almonds
  4. Green onions
  5. Butter
  6. Dressing- see below

ramen noodles, head of cabbage, chopped chives, slivered almonds and butter


The key ingredient for the ramen noodle salad dressing is the rice vinegar. It has a particular taste and tang that other vinegars do not. Mixed with soy sauce, a little bit of sugar and oil.

rice vinegar, oil, soy sauce, sugar

This is so easy, it doesn’t even deserve its own paragraph. Simply whisk alllll the ingredients together until they are well blended. whisk fast. ;)

dressing ingredients together


This step CANNOT be skipped! In a fry pan melt butter. Chop up your ramen noodles, and stir them into the butter. Add almonds, green onions and good on med-high heat until the ramen noodles begin to brown.

toasted ramen noodles with slivered almonds and green onions

Add in the seasoning packets.

toasted ingredients with seasoning packets

Slice cabbage nice and thin.

bowl of cabbage sliced thin

Add Ramen mixture to the cabbage

ramen mixture on top of cabbage

Now pour the delicious dressing over the salad.

dressing poured over salad

Now toss everything together, and let all the flavors combine and soak each other up.

Let the salad chill, covered in the refrigerator until ready to serve!

ramen noodle salad recipe

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dressing poured over salad
Oriental Cabbage Salad
Prep Time
15 mins
Total Time
15 mins

Easy and Delicious Oriental Cabbage Salad

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Asian
Keyword: cabbage sides, salad with cabbage
Servings: 8
Calories: 296 kcal
Author: Aubrey
  • 1/4 C butter
  • 2 packages beef Ramen Noodles
  • 1 C chopped green onions
  • 1/2 C sliced or slivered almonds
  • 1 small head of cabbage (about 4 cups)
  • 1/2 C Sesame Seed oil or olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp soy sauce
  • 1/2 C sugar
  • 1/3 C rice vinegar
  1. Crush ramen noodles and brown in butter with the almonds and green onions. Add in the beef seasoning packages at the end and stir to combine.
  2. Thinly shredded your cabbage. (A short cut is to by a bag of shredded cabbage)
  3. Toss salad dressing, cabbage and noodle mixture together. Serve!
Recipe Notes

You can substitute bagged cabbage for a head of cabbage.

You can use Chicken, Beef or Pork flavored ramen noodles.

Nutrition Facts
Oriental Cabbage Salad
Amount Per Serving
Calories 296 Calories from Fat 207
% Daily Value*
Fat 23g35%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Cholesterol 15mg5%
Sodium 205mg9%
Potassium 276mg8%
Carbohydrates 21g7%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 16g18%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 415IU8%
Vitamin C 43.9mg53%
Calcium 72mg7%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.