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This light, healthy, and fresh Southwestern Chicken Ramen Salad is an easy side dish for cookouts or picnics, a simple make-ahead dinner, or an easy lunch to keep on hand. Loaded with veggies and dressed in a homemade Southwestern Lime Vinaigrette, it’s a flavorful dish that’s full of satisfying tastes and textures!

A bowl of chicken ramen salad sitting on a wooden surface with vegetable in the background

 

Have you guys ever tried that Asian-flavored ramen coleslaw that seems to be pretty popular? I first had it at a church potluck about 10 years ago, and I’ve been making my own version ever since. It’s really good, but I don’t love the fact that the dressing is made with the weird ingredients from the Ramen Noodle seasoning packet — homemade dressing is always BEST.

That’s why I decided to change up the recipe and give it some Southwestern flair — which is always a popular way to go, right? Best of all, this recipe uses my own Southwestern Lime Vinaigrette (which is just as easy as using the seasoning packet…minus any MSG!), and it’s a total crowd-pleaser!

A close up of a chicken ramen salad in a bowl with peppers and avocados in the background

Top Tip For Making This Ramen Salad

Adding chicken to the dish is totally optional, but it gives a nice protein boost and makes the salad feel more like a total meal rather than just a side option. I live with 4 carnivorous boys, though, so take that with a grain of salt. If you don’t do meat as much as my family does, some extra beans would be a perfect substitute!

A bowl of southwest chicken ramen sitting on a colorful tablecloth

You’re going to love the crunch of the ramen noodles and the almonds, mixed with the creamy avocado and the fresh, crisp veggies! I took this to a recent cookout with friends and it was definitely a hit!

Happy picnicking, friends!

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Southwestern Chicken Ramen Salad

5 from 2 votes
Prep: 25 minutes
Total: 25 minutes
Servings 16 servings
Calories 165 kcal
A light, healthy and delicious southwest chicken ramen salad that's perfect for picnics, lunches or a make-ahead dinner.

Ingredients
  

  • 2 packages 14 ounces each coleslaw mix
  • 1 cup diced cooked chicken
  • ½ cup corn kernels frozen, canned, or fresh
  • ½ cup black beans rinsed and drained
  • 1 avocado diced
  • 1 red bell pepper diced
  • 6 green onions chopped
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • ¼ cup cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • ½ teaspoon cumin
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 packages 3 ounces each ramen noodles, seasoning packets discarded
  • ½ cup slivered almonds toasted

Instructions

  • In a large bowl, combine coleslaw mix, chicken, corn, black beans, avocado, bell pepper, and green onions.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together the dressing ingredients: olive oil, cider vinegar, lime juice, honey, garlic powder, onion powder, chili powder, paprika, cumin, salt, and pepper.
  • Pour dressing over salad and toss to coat.
  • Refrigerate until ready to serve.
  • Crumble ramen noodles (uncooked) into small crunchy pieces. Discard ramen seasoning packet.
  • Just before serving, stir in noodles and almonds.

Notes

*This dish feeds a very large crowd! If you’re making it for a family dinner or for a smaller group, you can definitely cut the ingredients in half!

Nutrition

Calories: 165kcalCarbohydrates: 12gProtein: 4gFat: 11gSaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 6mgSodium: 210mgPotassium: 232mgFiber: 2gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 390IUVitamin C: 21.5mgCalcium: 27mgIron: 0.9mg
Keyword: Chicken Salad, ramen salad
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Japanese
Author: The Seasoned Mom

 

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  1. I’ve never had a ramen salad before, but I’m loving the looks of it! Even better that it has a southwestern kick. So pretty and perfect for picnics and the summer!

  2. I do love anything with the word ramen in it – and this looks like the perfect summer salad with just the right amount of kick! Yum!

        1. Hey, Cheyenne! I honestly don’t know — the calculator just divided the full ingredient list by 16 and that’s the info that you get. If you need an exact measurement for 1/16 of the recipe, you’ll just need to prepare the dish and then see how many total cups it yields. Sorry I can’t be more helpful there!