I have been making this salad for years and it is so simple to make! It is like any asian salad that you order in a restaurant but ten times better! You can shred your own cabbage and carrots if you prefer but I just buy a bag of coleslaw which is obviously much quicker. This salad is great for any party, bar b q, dinner…lunch. It’s very versatile and you can upgrade it by adding in a protein such as chicken, steak, or grilled tuna.
Serves: 6 Time: 10 minutes
14 ounce bag of classic cole slaw (or 3 cups shredded cabbage plus 1 cup shredded carrots)
1/2 cup crispy asian noodles, or more if you prefer more crunch (I have always used “La Choy Chow Mein Noodles” but anything similar will work)
1/4 cup chopped scallions (optional)
1/2 cup canola oil
1/4 cup sesame seeds
1/4 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup sugar
Make the sauce: Heat up the canola oil. Once hot, place the sesame seeds into the oil until they turn to a toasty brown color–about a minute or two–be careful not to burn them. Take the oil off the fire and let it cool for 5 minutes. Add the soy sauce carefully because it might expand or start boiling from the oil/water combo if the oil is still hot. Then add the sugar and mix in. Cook the sauce again once all the ingredients are incorporated on a low simmer for 5 minutes, mixing occasionally. Take off the fire and let it cool completely before using (or tasting!). You will probably only use half of this amount for one salad so save the rest in an airtight container in your fridge. It will keep indefinitely.
Assembly: Place the shredded cabbage/coleslaw into a large bowl. Add the crispy noodles and add about half of the sauce/dressing that you made to the salad–taste it and add more dressing if you prefer. Save whatever sauce you don’t use in an airtight container in the fridge (it will keep indefinitely). Add scallions if you prefer and serve immediately.
-Don’t dress the salad until you are ready to eat it because the sauce/dressing will make the noodles soggy over time.
-Add protein and/or chopped peanuts to make it more hearty and delish!
Enjoy and please share any comments or questions you may have. I would love to see how yours turns out! Make sure to tag me @lizskosherkitchen if you share it on social media so I can see your masterpiece!