When I first had this ramen noodle salad, aka simi salad, in Saipan, I thought it was an island favorite and I asked around for the recipe. Imagine my surprise when I came back to the U.S. years later and learned that the ramen noodle salad was almost ubiquitous. It's still a favorite around our house, and it makes a great salad for summer cookouts since there is no dairy in the dressing. I like to grill Chamorro barbecue chicken and make a pot of red rice to go with it. Brings me right back to those island cook outs.
I originally made this with seasoned rice vinegar, but I think it also tastes great with apple cider vinegar. You can prepare everything a day ahead and keep in the refrigerator, then stir in the vinaigrette, sesame seeds, and almonds just before serving.
[Updated June 13, 2012.]
Ramen Noodle Salad, aka Simi Salad
- jar with a lid or cruet
- large bowl with lid
- food processor with slicing blade (optional)
- 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
- 3 tablespoons seasoned rice vinegar or apple cider vinegar
- ¼ teaspoon pepper
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ½ cup olive oil
- 4 cups shredded cabbage
- 1 cup shredded carrots
- 4 green onions (sliced)
- ¼ cup slivered almonds (toasted)
- 2 tablespoons sesame seeds (toasted)
- Ramen noodles (or gluten-free option, crumbled, minus the seasoning pouch)
- Combine all the vinaigrette ingredients in a jar or cruet and shake well.
- Put chopped cabbage and green onions together in a large bowl. Refrigerate for at least one hour.
- Just before serving, pour all of the vinaigrette over the cabbage and onions and toss well. Toss in the sesame seeds and almonds, and sprinkle the crumbled Ramen noodles on top.