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July 31, 2017

Ramen Noodle and Clementine Salad

Ramen Noodle and Clementine Salad is a favorite side dish that’s perfect for all seasons! Toss crunchy romaine lettuce with fresh clementines, broccoli, scallions and crisped ramen noodles. Top with a homemade honey vinaigrette, and this side salad makes an outstanding side that is also delicious as an entree. Whether you’re hosting a tailgate, an at-home viewing, a barbecue or more, Ramen Noodle and Clementine Salad is an EASY salad to enjoy!

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Not gonna lie: I am o-b-s-e-s-s-e-d with this salad.

And I’m obsessed with making it for all kinds of events.

Baby shower? I’m bringin’ this.

Football viewing party? Everybody needs some vegetables. (I can attest to this being a problemo at most tailgates and football-centric events. So much unhealthy food. So few veggies.)

Barbecue? This pairs perfectly with pulled pork and ribs AND burgers. (You’re welcome.)

Ramen Noodle and Clementine Salad is a favorite vegetarian side dish that's perfect tailgates, baby showers, barbecues and picnics and more. | Side Dish | Side Salad | Vegetarian Salad | Football Food | Tailgate Recipe | Baby Shower Salad | Brunch Salad | Barbecue Side | Picnic Salad

The recipe is a crowd-pleaser, no matter the event, and the homemade honey vinaigrette that brings it all together? Oh-so-simple, but an absolute knock-out.

Seriously. Every time someone tries this dressing for the first time, I hear nothing but compliments of the natural sweetness (that’s not too sweet) and the balance with the vinegar.

It. It. Awesome.

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?

Ramen Noodle and Clementine Salad is a favorite vegetarian side dish that's perfect tailgates, baby showers, barbecues and picnics and more. | Side Dish | Side Salad | Vegetarian Salad | Football Food | Tailgate Recipe | Baby Shower Salad | Brunch Salad | Barbecue Side | Picnic Salad

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Does this sound like a salad you’d like at your house?

Trust me: It’s easy, it feeds a crowd, and it’s so wonderful for so many events. It’s ALSO good leftover. Because, you know, that’s important.

Scroll on down to learn how to make this Ramen Noodle and Clementine Salad!

Ramen Noodle and Clementine Salad is a favorite vegetarian side dish that's perfect tailgates, baby showers, barbecues and picnics and more. | Side Dish | Side Salad | Vegetarian Salad | Football Food | Tailgate Recipe | Baby Shower Salad | Brunch Salad | Barbecue Side | Picnic Salad

 

Ramen Noodle and Clementine Salad is a favorite vegetarian side dish that's perfect tailgates, baby showers, barbecues and picnics and more. | Side Dish | Side Salad | Vegetarian Salad | Football Food | Tailgate Recipe | Baby Shower Salad | Brunch Salad | Barbecue Side | Picnic Salad
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Ramen Noodle and Clementine Salad

Ramen Noodle and Clementine Salad is a favorite side dish that's perfect for all seasons! Toss crunchy romaine lettuce with fresh clementines, broccoli, scallions and crisped ramen noodles. Top with a homemade honey vinaigrette, and this side salad makes an outstanding side that is also delicious as an entree. Whether you're hosting a tailgate, an at-home viewing, a barbecue or more, Ramen Noodle and Clementine Salad is an EASY salad to enjoy!

Course Salad, Side Dish, Side Salad
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Author Erin Parker, The Speckled Palate

Ingredients

Salad

  • 1 lb. Romaine lettuce , chopped
  • 5 clementines , peeled
  • 1 head broccoli , chopped into bite-sized pieces
  • 2 scallions , sliced thinly
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 3 oz. package Ramen Noodles , uncooked and without the flavor packet

Honey Vinaigrette

  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup 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.

How do you feel about salads at various events?

Do you wish there was more salad involved in sporting events?

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This Ramen Noodle and Clementine Salad was originally published on The Speckled Palate on January 29, 2014. The photographs, along with the text of this blog post and the recipe,Β were updated on July 31, 2017.

19 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 πŸ™‚
    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. πŸ™‚ 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 πŸ™‚

    • 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 πŸ™‚

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  10. Krystal

    OMG. Found your blog through PriscillaLovestoRun.com. This looks delicious! Can’t wait to try!

    • Erin

      Thanks so much for stopping by, Krystal! I hope you enjoy this salad, and I look forward to checking out your blog, too. πŸ™‚ So happy Priscilla connected us.

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