Crunch into this ramen salad — crumbled ramen noodles are mixed with crispy bacon, sliced avocado, and grape tomatoes. This is an easy (just throw everything together in a bowl) and delicious recipe for those of you who love super crunchy salad toppings!
If you haven’t had this before, you’re probably thinking that I’m out of my mind. Or that your eyes are playing tricks on you.
But no, this is really a thing. I had my first ramen salad earlier this summer at a memorial service for my husband’s grandfather. Someone brought a ramen salad to the reception and I was really skeptical but tried it anyway. My initial thoughts were: (1) ramen noodles are too soft and mushy, (2) this “salad” could use some bacon, and (3) I love it anyway and I need to recreate this.
So here I bring you an EXTRA CRISPY AND CRUNCHY ramen salad with bacon and avocado. The ramen is uncooked and crumbled up into small pieces. The bacon is cooked until extra crispy and then broken into small bits. To provide even more crunch, I’ve added some roasted sunflower seeds. To balance all of this crunchy madness, I’ve added sliced avocado, grape tomatoes, and scallions. And lastly, I whipped up an oil-vinegar-honey dressing that ties everything together.
Doesn’t that look so good?? I swear this tastes better than actual hot ramen.
This ramen salad is perfect as party food. Just keep the dressing on the side until you’re ready to serve, and then you can mix everything together. Once the dressing starts oozing into the ramen salad, the ramen and bacon start to slowly lose their crispiness. Mr. Savory Tooth actually thought he preferred the slightly-less-crunchy-ramen after it was sitting in the dressing for a while, so who knows, you might like it better that way!
Ramen salad with bacon and avocado
Crunch into this ramen salad — crumbled ramen noodles are mixed with crispy bacon, sliced avocado, and grape tomatoes.
- 2 3- ounce packages ramen crumbled (discard seasoning packets)
For the toppings:
Mix all of the dressing ingredients. Set aside.
Combine the ramen with the toppings in a mixing bowl. When ready to serve, pour in the dressing and toss.