Yield: serves 16

Chinese Coleslaw

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes

Looking for the perfect potluck recipe? This Chinese Coleslaw with ramen noodles is crunchy and sweet and irresistible.


For the dressing:

  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • ½ cup white vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt

For the salad:

  • ½ cup unsalted butter
  • ¾ cup sliced almonds
  • 2 packages ramen noodles (uncooked, no seasoning packet needed), crushed
  • ½ cup sunflower seeds (no shells)
  • 1 Napa cabbage, sliced thin
  • 5 green onions, sliced thin (whites and greens)


  1. In a skillet, heat butter over medium high heat. Add in the almonds and cook for one minute. Add in crushed ramen noodles and sunflower seeds. Saute for several minutes. Remove from heat and spread on a couple paper towels to cool.
  2. In a mason jar, combine the dressing ingredients. Shake until sugar is dissolved and refrigerate until ready to serve salad.
  3. In a large serving bowl, combine cabbage, onions, and noodle mixture. Pour dressing over the salad and let sit 5 minutes. Serve immediately and enjoy!


  • This slaw tastes better the longer it sits in the dressing, so feel free to make it a day ahead of time! Just leave out the ramen noodles until it’s ready to serve. 
  • Make the dressing spicier by adding white or black pepper and ginger powder to taste. You could also add a pinch of cayenne powder if you like it hot.
  • Garnish the finished salad with chopped cilantro for extra color and flavor. 
  • To add sesame flavor to the dressing, substitute 1 Tbsp of the vegetable oil with toasted sesame oil. You can also garnish the finished salad with it. 
  • See blog post for more recipe tips and tricks.
  • Nutrition Information:



    Serving Size:


    Amount Per Serving: Calories: 323Total Fat: 26gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 19gCholesterol: 15mgSodium: 505mgCarbohydrates: 21gFiber: 2gSugar: 13gProtein: 3g

    *Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. Please see a registered dietitian for special diet advice.

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