Sunday, June 17, 2012

Crunchy Hawaiian Cole Slaw

This is a perfect summer side for those who love cole slaw but don't want the added calories of mayonnaise, or simply want a lighter alternative. I love this because the Ramen Noodles give it a nice crunch and you can adapt the recipe by adding anything you like. Substitute the pineapple for mandarin oranges and the almonds for cashews and you have Chinese Cole Slaw. There are a variety of recipes that combine Ramen Noodles and cole slaw, so give this one and try and then experiment and discover your favorite combination. I listed some ideas below. There possibilities are so endless you can serve this a different way throughout the entire summer! —Diana

You'll need:
1 bag cole slaw
2 packages dry Ramen Noodles
2 handfuls of sliced almonds
2 cups diced pineapple, diced
1/3 cup red wine vinegar (or apple cider vinegar)
1/4 cup oil
1/2 cup sugar
2 tsp soy sauce

Crush the Ramen Noodles before opening the package. Spread the noodles and the almonds on a baking sheet or shallow baking pan and place under the broiler for just a few minutes until lightly brown. Watch closely because they will burn quickly. You may prefer to not toast the noodles and almonds. I happen to like the flavor when they are lightly toasted. You can even throw some sesame seed on there, too. 

Once they cool a little, combine the noodles and almonds with the cole slaw. Add the pineapple. 

To make the dressing, combine the vinegar, oil and soy sauce. Add the sugar and mix until dissolved. Taste it. You might want to add more soy sauce or vinegar. Some people like to mix in the seasoning packet that comes with the Ramen Noodles. It depends on your taste. You can make the dressing ahead of time and refrigerate. Add dressing to cole slaw right before serving and mix. 

Here are some other items you can consider adding: sunflower seeds, cashew nuts, broccoli florets, diced green onions, scallions, creative! 

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