Ramen noodles are good for more than just soup! Switch things up and make a healthy & colorful Vegan Ramen Noodle Salad buy using non-fried noodles! This easy salad is perfect for BBQs, potlucks or even to brighten regular mealtimes.
My friend Gina used to make a tasty ramen noodle salad for BBQs. I would get all excited knowing she’d be bringing it because, as a vegan, it was normally the only thing I could eat.
Back in the day, I was the only one eating veggie burgers (or anything veggie related) so if I didn’t bring something for myself (or Gina wasn’t there to bring her ramen noodle salad), I wouldn’t be able to eat.
Luckily most people don’t even flinch anymore when they see a veggie burger and are happy to try my plant-based creations. By the way my Ranch Pasta Salad, Easy Vegan Pasta Salad and Thai Quinoa Salad have been big hits lately – check them out!
Healthy Vegan Ramen Noodle Salad
From what I remember of my friend’s recipe, it contained veggies, regular ramen noodles, dressing, and sugar.
While the salad was really good, I kind of felt bad eating it because I knew it contained a lot of processed sugar as well as the fried ramen noodles. Since then, when the weather gets nice and BBQs come around, I think about that ramen noodle salad.
It was a fun dish so I figured why not put my own spin on it using more veggies and healthier ramen noodles to make it something I could feel good about eating?
Ready in 10 Minutes
While shredding veggies isn’t a long process I like to use my mandolin to shred cabbage. It only takes a few minutes with the mandolin (check out my tools for a plant-based kitchen post for more on that).
Sometimes when I’m in a rush I purchase pre-shredded/grated vegetables for my Vegan Ramen Noodle Salad. It makes life even easier and if I have any left over, they’re perfect for other salads.
If you know you’re going to be in a rush the day you make the salad, you can pre-shred the veggies and pre-make the dressing the day before so all you have to do the day of is cook the noodles (for a gluten-free option I use Lotus Foods brown rice ramen), throw everything into a bowl, and you’re done!
I hope you enjoy my Vegan Ramen Noodle Salad. If you get a chance to try it out, please rate the recipe and leave me a comment below – I’d love to hear your thoughts. Share your pictures on Instagram too and tag @v.nutrition and #vnutrition so I won’t miss it!
To show you how easy it is to make, I made a video for you!
Vegan Ramen Noodle Salad
This colorful Vegan Ramen Noodle Salad is perfect for BBQs, potlucks or even to brighten a regular meal. It's so easy to make, healthy and a fun twist on lunch or dinner.
Ramen Noodle Salad
Add all salad ingredients to a large bowl.
In a separate bowl, whisk salad dressing ingredients. If the dressing is too thick for your liking, feel free to add a little more warm water until you get the consistency you desire.
If you pre-cook the noodles, add a little olive oil to them before putting them in the fridge so they don't stick together.
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Mary Ellen Valverde MS, CNS, LDN is a Licensed Nutritionist and Certified Nutrition Specialist helping clients regain their energy, confidence and health through a plant-based diet. When she’s not reading up on the latest nutrition research, you can find Mary Ellen doting on her two rescue shih tzus, creating the perfect vegan mac & cheese, or exploring the world with her husband.