When you need to take a dish to a party, what do you bring? During the winter holiday festivities, I have come to expect various family members to bring spinach dip, taco dip, and those addictive water chestnuts wrapped in bacon and slathered in barbecue sauce. Summer gatherings with my group of friends require I bring dessert (sigh), Dawn to bring her warm cream cheese, jalapeno, and corn dip, and Cindy to bring her signature side salad called…well, I don’t know what it is called. We all just call it good.
Since up until ten minutes ago, this delightful side dish did not even have a name, I have decided to call it Sweet & Crunchy Slaw Salad. Referring to it as “Cindy’s Salad” as written on my recipe card is fine too, it’s just not all that descriptive if you do not know Cindy.
It has been cold and rainy here over the past few days. As such, I have been relishing memories of summer. Since this dish typically appears at the 4th of July and Labor Day parties, I decided to make it for my own little taste of summer during the fall.
I am typically not one to offer elaborate descriptions of the foods I post, but this one just has so much worth mentioning. The dressing makes it sweet, but the slaw keeps it tasting clean. The sunflower seeds, almond slivers and Ramen noodles balance it with a nice crunch. Every now and then, a green onion gets in the mix to give it some bite. The flavors just work.
I tweaked the recipe ever so slightly by substituting broccoli slaw for a portion of the cole slaw. For whatever reason, I also can’t help but think some dried apricots thrown into the mix would taste great too. Until summer rolls around, enjoy!
- 2 packages Ramen Noodles
- 3 cups shredded cole slaw mix
- 2½ cups broccoli slaw
- 1 cup slivered almonds
- 1 cup sunflower seeds
- 3 green onions, chopped
- For the Dressing
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- ½ cup olive oil
- ⅓ cup white vinegar
- Crumble the Ramen noodles into a large salad bowl. (Discard the flavor pouch.)
- Add the remaining salad ingredients - slaw through green onions - and stir to combine.
- In a separate bowl or large measuring cups, stir together the sugar, oil and vinegar.
- Pour the dressing over the salad just before serving and give a quick stir to coat.