Broccoli Ramen Salad

In my opinion this is the best way to eat broccoli. I like broccoli but it is not in my top five of veggie love. But when put raw in this salad, cut in bite-sized morsels, broccoli is crunchy goodness. This salad has fantastic flavor and texture and is sure to please most. A gal I used to know would bring this to every potluck, shower, or party and it was always the first dish to go with many recipe requests, which she generously shared with all. I made it for our very first potluck at our new church with the same overwhelming response. I even received this thank you letter in the mail from one of the church elders:

“…You may be interested to know that it was an item you brought to our fellowship dinner, week before last that stirred inquiries. It was the delicious salad you brought that was so good that it was all gone in almost no time!…”

Wow! How sweet was that? The letter was even typed on a typewriter. Now that was cool. I keep that letter from our precious elder (82 years old and still going strong) tucked amongst my cookbooks where I hide many of my treasures and mementos. Make this salad for your next party so that you will receive a hand typed letter of appreciation.

Broccoli Ramen Salad
Sauté until golden:
1 cup walnuts or pecans
one package of ramen noodles broken up
4 tablespoons of butter
Drain on a paper towel.

For dressing, mix:
1 cup vegetable oil
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup rice vinegar
3 T. soy sauce
pinch salt
pinch pepper

Toss:
Romaine lettuce, about 3 heads washed and torn
broccoli florets, about 2 bunches washed and chopped
ramen mixture
dressing

Note- Ramen mixture and dressing can be made ahead. Do not toss until ready to serve. Recipe is for a BIG salad. If you feel that the entire salad will not be eaten in one sitting then do not toss salad elements together serve separate and let everyone create their own. This way the greens will stay fresh and not get soggy.

9 Comments

  1. That Girl
    Posted June 2, 2008 at 11:19 AM | Permalink

    This looks SO easy! And I actually have a potluck coming up this week…

  2. Robin Sue
    Posted June 2, 2008 at 5:12 PM | Permalink

    that girl- give it a go and let me know how it went!

  3. EAT!
    Posted June 3, 2008 at 4:30 PM | Permalink

    Yum – I usually make the broccoli, with raisins, sunflower seeds and dressing. I will really be shaking this up with your recipe.

  4. Robin Sue
    Posted June 3, 2008 at 7:51 PM | Permalink

    eat!- oh I like the salad you are talking about but I use craisens, very yummy.

  5. Kate
    Posted June 9, 2008 at 12:39 AM | Permalink

    What a thoughtful and well-written letter you received. I’d save it, also. I think there are LOTS of ways to eat delicious broccoli because I love it — and I can assure you, this will be one of the ways I eat it, very soon. This goes into my rotation.

  6. Robin Sue
    Posted June 9, 2008 at 8:49 AM | Permalink

    Kate- I do like broccoli when done right but I am a big fan of spinach, even as a kid!

  7. Anonymous
    Posted June 6, 2009 at 12:53 PM | Permalink

    Do you use the ramen seasoning? or just the noodles?

  8. Robin Sue
    Posted June 6, 2009 at 3:19 PM | Permalink

    Anon- for this recipe just the noodles. Thanks!

  9. Kimberly
    Posted June 9, 2009 at 11:41 AM | Permalink

    Wow, that's dinner to – night!
    Thanks.

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