The Speckled Palate
January 29, 2014

Ramen Noodle and Clementine Salad

Crunchy romaine lettuce is topped with clementines, broccoli, scallions, crisped ramen noodles and a honey vinaigrette. Ramen Noodle and Clementine Salad is the perfect salad for a crowd!

Crunchy romaine lettuce is topped with clementines, broccoli, scallions, crisped ramen noodles and a honey vinaigrette. Ramen Noodle and Clementine Salad is the perfect salad for a crowd!

I know y’all are giving me that look right now, wondering why the heck I’ve decided to throw a salad — specifically one that involves Ramen Noodles and fruit — into the mix for a football party.

Here’s why: As someone who has attended many Super Bowl celebrations throughout the years and many, many tailgates during the last ten, I’ve noticed a lack of vegetables when it comes to football-centric get-togethers. And I want to fix that.

For too long, we’ve eaten meat, meat and more meat — or, in my case, all the cheese dip and all of those wonderful chips. We need a change… and I believe this change is going to come in the shape of this Ramen Noodle and Clementine Salad.

The recipe is a crowd-pleaser, and its dressing, while incredibly simple, is a knock-out, too.

Also, who doesn’t love some sweet clementines on their greens and the added crunch of toasted Ramen Noodles, replacing the croutons you’ve come to associate with most salads?

Crunchy romaine lettuce is topped with clementines, broccoli, scallions, crisped ramen noodles and a honey vinaigrette. Ramen Noodle and Clementine Salad is the perfect salad for a crowd!

Here’s how you can make your own for the coming weekend… or anytime, really, because this salad is good for all seasons:

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Ramen Noodle and Clementine Salad
 
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Crunchy romaine lettuce is topped with clementines, broccoli, scallions, crisped ramen noodles and a honey vinaigrette. Ramen Noodle and Clementine Salad is the perfect salad for a crowd!
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Recipe type: Salad
Makes: 6 servings
Ingredients
Salad
  • 1 lb. Romaine lettuce, chopped
  • 5 clementines, peeled
  • 1 head broccoli, chopped
  • 2 scallions, sliced thinly
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 3 oz. package Ramen Noodles, uncooked and without the flavor packet
Honey Vinaigrette
  • ½ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • ¼ cup apple cider vinegar
  • ¼ cup local honey
Instructions
  1. In a large salad bowl, combine the lettuce, broccoli, scallions and clementines. Set aside.
  2. In a small skillet, heat the unsalted butter over medium-high heat.
  3. Once the butter is bubbling, crush the Ramen Noodles (in their package) and toss into the butter. Saute the Ramen Noodles until golden, and remove from the heat.
  4. In a mason jar, combine the olive oil, vinegar and honey for the dressing. Mix vigorously, then set aside.
  5. Once the crunchy Ramen Noodles have cooled, sprinkle on top of the salad.
  6. Pour the dressing on top of the salad, tossing until all the leaves are coated, then serve immediately.

Do you plan to serve a salad this weekend?

Do you wish there was more salad involved in sporting events like the Super Bowl?

17 Comments

  1. Sandra

    this looks so good!!! xo San

    • Erin

      Thanks, San! It’s pretty spectacular and easy, to boot!

    • Erin

      Thanks, Tiffany! It’d be pretty awesome for the Super Bowl, huh?

  2. aimee fauci

    that is so interesting w the noodles. i can totally do the noodles but may need to take out the clementines.. I’ll def pin it

    • Erin

      Thanks, Aimee. The noodles are one of my FAVORITE additions to make on salads because they add a nice crunch without being overwhelmingly bread-y. Let me know what you think of the salad without the clementines. I think they add such a nice brightness, but I’ve eaten this without the fruit, too!

  3. Nea

    Very interesting!

    • Erin

      Thanks, Nea!

  4. jeanae

    Interesting…I never thought about using ramen noodles in anything.
    It is a great idea to have a salad; it just *might* help balance all of the other game day food 🙂
    Thanks for sharing!

    • Erin

      Thanks, Jeanae! We used to use Ramen in salads when I was a kid, and it’s one of my favorite things to add to salads now, as weird as that sounds. 🙂 I hope it balances out your food spread this weekend!

  5. Rachel

    Thank you for this recipe! My fiance and I are starting a weight loss challenge at work tomorrow, and of course this falls right before the Superbowl! We might have to make this up so we have a healthy option for the game 🙂

    • Erin

      Hooray for a healthy option for the game! I hope y’all enjoy this salad!

  6. laurasmess

    It’s been ages since I’ve eaten a salad with clementines (or ‘mandarins’ as we call them here in Australia) in it. Yum, love the tangy dressing and the addition of the crispy noodles. I can imagine how delicious it’d be! Hope that you have fun watching the super awesome super bowl (haha… I’m saying that cos it seems to be SUCH a big event in America… we don’t have any equivalent here so I don’t really understand it). I’ll definitely try this salad goodness! xx

    • Erin

      I think you need to fix this and have a salad with clementines/mandarins pronto because they are DELIGHTFUL! (Also, we always ate mandarin oranges out of the can when I was a kid. Those were a family favorite.)

      Thanks so much, lady! We’ll have fun watching the game and eating all the food… and I wish there was a way to convey the ridiculousness/fun of the Super Bowl because it’s crazy. Happy weekend!

  7. Winnie

    Such a perfect salad for me!!
    I’m a vegetarian and I looooooooove salads
    I’m definitely making it 🙂

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