Warm Cabbage & Noodle Salad

Cabbage + Ramen NoodlesRamen noodles is one of those grocery items that we pretty much always have on hand at my house. Maybe I shouldn’t admit that, I don’t know. But hot (overly salty) noodle soup is the perfect quick comfort food during these cold months, especially if you happen to have a runny nose.

I sometimes like using just the noodles in salad or stir fry dishes. Then when I place that over-sized plastic “box” of ramen in my shopping cart I can think, “Oh that’s for a salad I’m making and not for lazy week night dinners.”

The lies we tell ourselves. 🙂

Cabbage + Ramen Noodles. What’s fun about this dish is that we are going to use an entire cabbage! It might look like a plate full of noodles, but it’s actually a pretty decent sized serving of vegetables too. Spicy, salty, super flavorful veggies alongside warm noodles—yum! 

Stir fry cabbage and noodlesWarm Cabbage & Noodle Salad, serves two as a meal or four as a side.

1 cabbage
2 carrots
2 packages of ramen noodles (any flavor since we won’t be using the seasoning)
1/2 teaspoon minced ginger
2 cloves of garlic, minced
juice from 2 limes
2 1/2 tablespoons soy sauce
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional)
1/2 tablespoon sesame oil
1/4 cup chopped peanuts
1 tablespoon chopped cilantro

In a large bowl, place the noodles (do not add the seasoning packets). Pour enough hot water (almost boiling) over the noodles so they are fully submerged. Allow those to soak for 2-3 minutes until well softened.

Secret sauceIn a small bowl or cup, combine the minced ginger, minced garlic, lime juice, soy sauce, and red pepper flakes (if using). Stir to combine. Set aside.

Chop up the cabbage and carrots. I like to cut the carrots into thin matchsticks or use a vegetable peeler to cut into thin strips. 

Cabbage stir fry dinnerIn a large skillet or saucepan, heat the oil over medium/high heat. Add in the cabbage and carrots and cook until just beginning to soften. Add in the noodles (drained from the water). Then pour the soy sauce mixture over everything. At this point the cabbage will begin to cook quickly, releasing some additional moisture. Cook just until everything is hot, then remove to a platter or plates.

Cabbage + Ramen Noodles. Top with chopped peanuts and cilantro. Taste, and if needed, sprinkle on a little more salt. I like to serve this along with a fresh lime wedge too, as I’m a citrus freak. Enjoy! xo. Emma

Credits // Author and Photography: Emma Chapman. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess actions.

Warm Cabbage & Noodle Salad

Ingredients

  • 1 cabbage
  • 2 carrots
  • 2 packages of ramen noodles any flavor since we won't be using the seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced ginger
  • 2 cloves of garlic minced
  • juice from 2 limes
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes optional
  • 1/2 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1/4 cup chopped peanuts
  • 1 tablespoon chopped cilantro

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, place the noodles (do not add the seasoning packets). Pour enough hot water (almost boiling) over the noodles so they are fully submerged. Allow those to soak for 2-3 minutes until well softened.
  2. In a small bowl or cup, combine the minced ginger, minced garlic, lime juice, soy sauce, and red pepper flakes (if using). Stir to combine. Set aside.
  3. Chop up the cabbage and carrots. I like to cut the carrots into thin matchsticks or use a vegetable peeler to cut into thin strips.
  4. In a large skillet or saucepan, heat the oil over medium/high heat. Add in the cabbage and carrots and cook until just beginning to soften. Add in the noodles (drained from the water). Then pour the soy sauce mixture over everything. At this point the cabbage will begin to cook quickly, releasing some additional moisture. Cook just until everything is hot, then remove to a platter or plates.
  5. Top with chopped peanuts and cilantro. Taste, and if needed, sprinkle on a little more salt. I like to serve this along with a fresh lime wedge too.
  • Emma ! This was delicious! My husband and I had it for dinner tonight and loved it. It makes so much! YUM! I added a little bit of honey but other then that this recipe was perfect! I always love your recipes!

  • Just had this for dinner with my family. It was really, really good… and simple too! perfect combo. Thanks again!

  • Ever used a mandolin? I think this could be handy for a lot of your amazing recipes!

  • My 13 yr old son made this last night, mostly by himself and it came out beautifully! It was also the perfect meal to be able to quickly put down to answer the door for the Halloween Trick or Treaters! Simple and yummy recipe, thank you!

  • This looks so good. Will definitely be trying to make this next week!

    rae of love from berlin

  • This is actually really, really similar to a ‘coleslaw salad’ that my mom and her friends have been making for years. Her’s is served cold and has peppers, green onions, shredded carrots, sunflower seeds and almonds.

  • I just made this and it turned out well! I replaced the peanuts with roasted pumpkin seeds and added more soy sauce. it’s a keeper! 🙂

  • I made this last night and brought leftovers to work for lunch. The noodles were fine. Although I didn’t reheat it, I just ate it cold. 🙂

  • I’m highly allergic to all of those package ramen, however your lead image looks so tasty.

    This is actually inspiring me to make a version of my vegetable pad thai recipe that has a ton of shredded bok choy to replace half the noodles. I’m so hungry just thinking about it! Yum!

  • I’m really looking forward to trying this – thanks for another great recipe idea!

  • I love that you guys used ramen! it holds such a soft spot in my heart. I will most definitely have to put this on the menu for this upcoming week!

    love, arielle
    a simple elegance

  • The “cold” version of this is great! Break up and toast the ramen noodles with slivered almonds in a pan to put over the crunchy cabbage salad. Always so so popular!

    Theresa
    http://www.honesttrees.wordpress.com

  • Yummy!!!!

    http://talisatalksbeauty.blogspot.co.uk/2014/10/ive-started-youtube-channel.html

  • Oo, looks great. I have been always looking for a good recipe with ramen noodles, because I have only some for soups. But this looks great. xaxa

    http://www.fashiondenis.com

  • Love stir fry noodles… this look like close enough and super yum… def trying this one…

    xo
    Hems
    http://agoldentulip.blogspot.com/

  • This recipe looks great with the exception of ramen. You probably don’t realize how unhealthy ramen is for you. The noodles are so processed and the flavor packet is full of sodium There’s a video you can find online of ramen noodles during digestion if you see it you may never eat it again! Gross!

  • I’m not positive, as we always eat this the day it’s made. I *think* the noodles will be ok since the dressing may help them not to stick together. But I’m not sure. If you try it let us know how it went.

    -Emma

  • This cabbage came in my CSA box too! Forced me to get creative last week. 🙂

    -Emma

  • I’ve always been super skeptical of ramen noodles, but this looks fantastic! Perhaps I’ll soon be a convert.
    -E

    http://amie-eo.blogspot.com

  • *cue growling stomach*

    This looks delicious! I would definitely eat this as an entire meal by itself. Why do I always look at recipes right before lunchtime…?!? I don’t know why I do this to myself. Maybe it’s just your good timing, haha. 😉

    Neha // http://nehasharmaphoto.com/blog

  • can you make this salad a day before for a potluck or will the noodles get weird? I’m thinking about making this for a halloween potluck on Friday. Thanks!!

  • YES! I happen to have all the ingredients for this on hand and will make it for dinner tonight. Thanks for the inspiration!

  • Well, that figures. I just took the cabbage out of my CSA box last night since I couldn’t think of anything to do with it. Next time I’ll keep it and give this a whirl. Looks yummy!

  • My mom buys cabbage all of the time and I never really understood her obsession with it, but this recipe looks like one that I’ll have to introduce to her!

  • I have randomly been super into cabbage lately. I think it’s the most under-appreciated of vegetables. It’s got such a delightful crunch in comparison to lettuce or arugula. This sounds delicious!

    Cat
    http://oddlylovely.com

  • well, this is almost similar to a stir fry noodle in indonesia. only that this one has dressing.

    filicia
    filiandyelny.blogspot.com

  • Oh my gosh, this looks incredible! I just finished a salad that had ramen noodles on top, I’m obsessed with them too!

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