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Extra saucy, sweet and spicy, Thai Peanut Chicken Ramen Noodle Salad. Best for those days when you need to eat healthy, but don’t want another boring salad. A fresh mix of lettuce, carrots, cucumbers, ramen noodles, shredded chicken, and avocado. Toss it all up with a sweet and spicy Thai peanut sauce for a salad that’s healthy and satisfying. Best part? You can make the salad ahead of time for summer picnics or working lunches. One important thing, always go heavy on the peanut sauce! It’s the best.
Is this weird? Ramen noodles in a salad? I wondered if it was, but I blocked all those thoughts out of my head and made this salad anyway. Sure, it might be a little weird, but it’s also beyond good, and the perfect way to enjoy ramen noodles during the warmer months of the year.
And let’s be real, it’s kind of fun putting noodles in your salad, especially ramen.
I’m not really sure how this idea came to be exactly. But after a lot of brainstorming I kind of just threw it together. And you know what? It worked, I loved it, and all was good. It’s a cross between salad, peanut noodles, and ramen…minus the broth of course. It’s extra saucy, a touch spicy, so full of crunchy vegetables. Really every bite is darn good.
In my recent favorite’s post I asked you all what summer recipes you’d like to see me share. There was an overwhelming request for potluck style recipes. AKA recipes that you can make ahead of time and bring to your friend’s parties.
When I think potluck, my mind goes to cheesy potato casserole, mac and cheese, pasta salad, and mom’s Special K-Bars. Yes, I am clearly a child of the midwest, and I wouldn’t change it for the world. Cheesy potatoes forever and ever…and ever.
My other memories of summertime potluck recipes? Peanut noodle salad…the one my Aunt Katie used to make. It was a crazy combo and I can’t really remember all of the ingredients. While this Ramen noodle salad isn’t exactly like my Aunt Katie’s, it reminds me of hers. This also reminds me that I need to get Aunt Katie’s recipe from my cousins and share it with you all. Because you can never have too many peanut noodle salad recipes, right? For sure. So Marge? Abigail? Leave the recipe in the comments, please.
Alright, and moving along.
This salad is pretty simple. Grab all your veggies and toss them into a bowl. Add a diced mango, shredded chicken, and cooked brown rice ramen noodles, this is my favorite brand. The taste is just like Top Ramen, but minus all the bad for you ingredients. I’m very into the Lotus brand and always keep them stocked. Always.
Now, the sauce. This is my go-to peanut sauce. It’s extra peanutty, spicy, and sweetened ever so lightly with honey. It’s ADDICTIVE. If you have any leftover it will be gone in .3 seconds. It’s delicious on everything from pasta, to grilled chicken, to vegetables, to toast…it’s even good on a spoon. You shouldn’t have any leftovers, but if you want to be forward thinking, double the sauce recipe and use throughout the week.
Now add the sauce to the salad and toss, and that’s kind of it. This is one of those, dump it all in, toss and enjoy salads. I could not love it more. Also, if you’re vegetarian/vegan, just omit the chicken and you’ll automatically have a vegan salad.
If you’re making this ahead of time, just keep the salad and peanut sauce separate until you’re ready to serve. This will ensure you get a nice crunchy salad that’s heavy on the sauce and not soggy.
When it comes to salads, this is the least boring of them all. I strongly encourage you to make it, and soon. It will take you less than 30 minutes, and it’s healthy! Major bonuses for a Thursday…that I really just want/need to be Friday. Because this “short” week is feeling like the longest week ever!
If you make this Thai peanut chicken ramen noodle salad, be sure to leave a comment and/or give this recipe a rating! Above all, I love to hear from you guys and always do my best to respond to each and every comment. And of course, if you do make this recipe, don’t forget to tag me on Instagram! Looking through the photos of recipes you all have made is my favorite!
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This was fantastic! Made it just as is but cut it in half for two adults and two kids and it was perfect. Making it again tonight (4 nights later) with different vegetables. Thanks, Tieghan, for another wonderful recipe!
Happy Monday!!💐 Thank you so much for making this recipe and your comment, so glad to hear it was a winner! xx
This was delicious! Perfect summer dinner. Both of my kids felt it was a “make again” recipe and we definitely will. Thank you.
Amazing!! I am thrilled that this dish was a hit, thanks a lot for trying it out! xTieghan
Happy Wednesday!! Thanks a lot for giving this recipe a try, I am so glad to hear it was enjoyed! xT
This salad was easy and delicious. I subbed the cilantro for mint. I will definitely be making this again.
Wonderful! That’s so great to hear this recipe was enjoyed, thanks so much for making it! Have a great Friday:) xTieghan
What if I don’t have red curry paste? Can I omit it or substitute something else
I would just omit it, but if you can get the red curry paste I would highly recommend using it. I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan
I’m wondering how this salad would be if made in advance? The pasta in some pasta salads absorbs the dressing by service time if made ahead. How would this one hold up? (It looks delicious!)
How far in advance would you be making this? I would probably make no more than 1 day in advance. I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you give it a try! xTieghan
Ok now I found the paste! Now I realized I don’t have sesame oil I do have olive oil, vegetable oil and coconut oil. Would one of these work better?
You can use olive oil, but the sesame oil will give so much more flavor! xTieghan
This might be silly — but I’m assuming the chicken and Ramaen should cool before adding it to the salad right?
Yes, that works best! I hope you love this recipe! xTieghan
How do you keep the noodles from sticking without adding the sauce at first? I’m planning on taking some to a friend and I didn’t know if I should add the dressing or keep separate.
You can add a little olive oil to the noodles. I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you have any other questions! Happy Holidays! xTieghan
This is hands down the most delicious recipe I’ve made from your blog! Just amazing! fresh, delicate and hearty all at the same time. And perfect for the veggie eater in our home without chicken. and the sauce…you are right, the leftovers are fantastic on everything! love Half Baked Harvest!
Aw I am really glad you enjoyed this one! I hope you continue to enjoy my recipes, Ann! Thank you! xTieghan
What kind of chicken would you recommend using? roasted? baked? do you recommend flavoring the chicken at all? Thanks!!
Whatever your favorite way of enjoying chicken is will work! You can flavor the chicken with salt and pepper to taste. I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan
Sooooo Good! Next time I’ll leave off the chicken.The sauce is wonderful.
Thank you so much David! I am so happy to hear that! xTieghan