Why slave over the stove on a hot summer day when you can enjoy this crisp, cool Asian ramen noodle salad that is gluten AND dairy free?
This oriental slaw is loaded with veggies and limited on sugar, unlike a lot of other Asian slaw recipes you might find. It's perfect for a hot summer night dinner, lunch on the go, or bring it to a picnic or potluck.
Learn how to:
- Chop fresh cabbage
- Prevent red cabbage from bleeding
- Make the perfect crunchy gluten free ramen noodle
How to chop fresh cabbage
Is it just me, or do you find cabbage difficult to chop? Ok, maybe its just me.
But if it isn't, let me share a few tips on things I've learned so you don't have to buy the pale, anemic-looking slaw from a bag.
In the pictures you see here, I quartered the whole head of cabbage, removed the core from the stem, and laid it down on a flat side and carefully sliced small stripes.
If you prefer a very small slice, a mandolin slicer is the way to go! When I make coleslaw, this is my preferred method to chop cabbage.
A word of caution...mandolin slicers are VERY sharp, so use caution when operating. Actually, use caution when not operating (as this is the only time I've actually cut myself with one). Make sure to use the hand guard when slicing.
A mandolin slicer makes quick work of slicing cabbage uniformly. This is the mandolin slicer I own. I like the variety of blades and the adjustable thickness settings.
Another option for shredding is to use a box grater. This method doesn't work well for me, but maybe it will for you!
How to prevent red cabbage from bleeding onto other vegetables
How many time have you made a slaw with red and green cabbage only to have the red or purple cabbage leak its color over everything else?
After you chop the red cabbage, lightly toss it in 2 Tbs rice vinegar. Coating it helps prevent any bleeding onto other vegetables, keeping your salad a variety of colors!
Where do I find gluten free ramen noodles?
My favorite gluten free ramen noodle is made by Lotus Foods. (I'm not paid or sponsored by them, I just like their products) I like to use the brown rice and millet noodle, although you can change things up and use their forbidden rice or jade pearl rice noodles for color and flavor.
I typically purchase this from Costco because it comes is a 12-pack.Most grocery stores sell individual packages which include a spice packet (which unfortunately you will have to discard or find another use for). You can purchase directly from Lotus Foods website or from Amazon.
How to make the perfect crunchy gluten free ramen noodle
Gluten free ramen noodles straight from the package are not edible, contrary to the wheat version.
The noodles have to be cooked first, and then crisped to create the crunch for the slaw.
Start by soaking 2 blocks of gluten free ramen noodles in boiling water for about 3 minutes, or just enough where the blocks start to separate and are soft enough to not break your teeth.
Drain the water and very lightly coat the noodles in 1 Tbs of light oil, such as vegetable or canola to prevent them from sticking together.
On a baking sheet, you can then separate the noodles and place them under a broiler in the oven for 5-7 minutes until lightly browned and crispy.
Allow the noodles to cool and break apart as needed for the salad.
I happened to have leftover grilled chicken which chopped up perfectly for this salad.
Other options for chicken would be: rotisserie chicken shredded, throw 2 chicken breasts on the grill and chop or shred, or bake chicken breasts in the oven at 425 degrees F for 20 minutes.
OR...leave the chicken out for a side dish or vegetarian option!
Gluten free soy sauce:
Did you know that most soy sauce contains wheat? Make sure to read your labels before using soy sauce! My favorite brand is San-J Tamari. It tastes exactly the same as regular wheat-based soy sauce. You can purchase regular or low-sodium. The recipe below uses regular Tamari.
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Gluten Free Ramen Noodle Chicken Salad
- 3 cups shredded red cabbage
- 2 Tbs rice vinegar
- 3 cups shredded green cabbage
- 1 cup sliced carrots
- 3 Tbs chopped green onions
- 2 cups chopped or shredded cooked chicken
- ½ cup sliced almonds
- 2 Tbs sesame seeds
- 3 cups boiling water (for noodles)
- 2 blocks gluten free ramen noodles
- 1 Tbs canola oil (to toss with noodles)
- 2 Tbs rice vinegar
- 3 Tbs gluten free soy sauce
- 2 teaspoon sesame oil
- ¼ cup canola (or other neutral) oil
- 1 ½ Tbs sugar
- ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
- ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
- Chop red cabbage into thin slices, either by hand or using a mandolin slicer. Place red cabbage in large bowl and gently toss with 2 Tbs rice vinegar.
- Chop green cabbage into thin slices and add to the red cabbage. Add sliced carrots, green onions and cooked chopped chicken.
- Set oven to broil. Place sliced almonds and sesame seeds on a baking sheet and broil for 2-3 minutes, or until both are slightly browned. Watch carefully as it browns quickly. Remove from oven and cool slightly. Add sesame seeds and almonds to cabbage.
- Place 2 blocks of gluten free ramen noodles in a small heat-proof bowl. Cover with boiling water and allow to sit for 3 minutes or until the blocks soften and pull apart with a fork. Drain and discard water and drizzle 1 Tbs canola oil over the noodles and toss to prevent from sticking.
- Place noodles on baking sheet and spread out. Place under broiler for 5-7 minutes, or until the noodles are slightly browned and begin to get crunchy. Remove from oven and allow to cool completely before breaking apart further into small pieces and adding to cabbage.
- In a small bowl, whisk together all of the dressing ingredients. (Your recipe will have a total of 4 Tbs rice vinegar, 2 Tbs to toss with cabbage and 2 Tbs for the dressing) Pour over cabbage mixture and gently toss to combine.
- Serve immediately or refrigerate until chilled and ready to serve.
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