When you need to take a dish to a party, what do you bring?
During the winter holidays, I expect various family members to bring spinach dip, taco dip, and those addictive water chestnuts wrapped in bacon.
Summer gatherings with my friends require I bring dessert (sigh); Dawn to bring her warm cream cheese, jalapeno, and corn dip; and Cindy to bring her signature side called…well, I don’t know what it is called. We all just call it good.
Up until ten minutes ago, this delightful side dish did not even have a name, so I have decided to call it Cindy’s Sweet & Crunchy Slaw.
The dressing gives the slaw a sweet flavor, but the slaw keeps it tasting clean. Sunflower seeds, almond slivers, and Ramen noodles provide 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 original recipe ever so slightly by substituting broccoli slaw for a portion of the cole slaw mix, so feel free to play around according to your own tastes. I can’t help but think some dried apricots thrown into the mix would taste great too. Enjoy!
Cindy's Sweet & Crunchy Slaw Salad
For the Slaw
2 packages Ramen noodles
3 cups shredded cole slaw mix
2 1/2 cups broccoli slaw
1 cup slivered almonds
1 cup sunflower seeds
3 green onions, chopped
For the Dressing
1 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup olive oil
1/3 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 cup, stir together the sugar, oil, and vinegar.
- Pour the dressing over the salad just before serving and give a quick stir to coat.
Once dressed, the salad does not keep well, so prepare to enjoy immediately.
Decreasing the sugar in the dressing by 1/2 cup does not have a lot of impact on flavor. If you are looking to reduce your sugar intake, feel free to give it a try.