Crunchy Broccoli Slaw

I teamed up with the California Walnuts to bring you this Crunchy Broccoli Slaw. I’ve been compensated for my time. All opinions are mine alone.

This recipe for Crunchy Broccoli Slaw is fast and easy with just 5 minutes of prep! It’s a little sweet, fantastically tangy, and has crunch for days. It’s so great on the side of burgers, brats, or grilled pork!

This recipe for Crunchy Broccoli Slaw is fast and easy with just 5 minutes of prep! It’s a little sweet, fantastically tangy, and has crunch for days.

I can’t think of a better or more delicious way to eat raw veggies than by stirring up a giant bowl of Crunchy Broccoli Slaw.

This recipe is from my good friend Bobbi who brought this amazing dish to every potluck. We wouldn’t let her in the door without it! Since then, it’s been a mainstay at our 4th of July barbecues.

One of the other reasons to love this slaw? There’s so little prep. All you need is a bag of broccoli slaw, ramen noodles from the pantry, and a handful of other tasty ingredients. California walnuts just need a rough chopping. A three-ingredient dressing is made from equal parts oil, vinegar, and sugar.

That’s it. You can serve it right away, but it just gets better with time.

Making Crunchy Broccoli Slaw for the hungry masses? Click and slide the number next to “servings” on the recipe card below to adjust the ingredients to match how many you’re feeding—the recipe does the math for you, it’s that easy.

What kind of ramen noodles for slaw?

This slaw has so much going on, and part of the delicious crunch is because of instant ramen noodles. Yep, that’s correct: the little brick-shaped packages at the store. They’re precooked and dried, so all you have to do is break ‘em up and throw them in the bowl.

It doesn’t matter what kind you use—the flavoring packet is discarded anyways—so buy the least expensive package you can find. You may want to buy a few more than you need, though; this salad disappears fast!

This recipe for Crunchy Broccoli Slaw is fast and easy with just 5 minutes of prep! It’s a little sweet, fantastically tangy, and has crunch for days.

How to make Crunchy Broccoli Slaw:

This is so wonderfully easy!

  1. Grab your biggest bowl, then combine the broccoli slaw, raw ramen noodles, sunflower seeds, walnuts, and scallions.
  2. In another, small bowl, whisk together the vinegar, oil, and sugar. You got it! This is a broccoli slaw dressing with no mayo; perfect for outdoor BBQs.
  3. Then all you have to do is pour the dressing over the slaw, and give everything a good toss to coat.

This recipe for Crunchy Broccoli Slaw is fast and easy with just 5 minutes of prep! It’s a little sweet, fantastically tangy, and has crunch for days.

How do you toast walnuts?

Even though toasting walnuts in any given recipe is always optional, I recommend it for a couple reasons. Toasting brings out the rich nuttiness in walnuts and keeps the slaw nice and crunchy.

You can toast walnuts in the oven or on the stove top:

  • Oven method: Toast walnuts in a 350-degree oven on a rimmed baking sheet for 7 to 10 minutes. Shake or stir the pan occasionally so the nuts brown evenly without scorching.
    An easy recipe for how to toast walnuts in the oven or on the stove. Enhance the flavor of walnuts, then add to salads, snack mixes, baked goods, and more!
  • Stove-top method: Toast walnuts in a medium skillet over medium heat, heat walnuts until browned and fragrant, stirring occasionally, about 2 to 5 minutes.
    An easy recipe for how to toast walnuts in the oven or on the stove. Enhance the flavor of walnuts, then add to salads, snack mixes, baked goods, and more!

I always use California Walnuts to support the 4000+ growers and more than 100 handlers in my lovely state. 99% of the walnuts grown in the United States are grown in California’s Central Valley.

How to make gluten free Broccoli Slaw:

This slaw can be made gluten free by leaving out the instant ramen and adding a little more slaw, as well as maybe an extra handful of walnuts.

Walnuts nutrition:

I picked walnuts because one ounce (that’s about 12 to 14 halves) has 4 grams of protein, 2 grams of fiber, and is loaded with good fats (2.5 g/oz omega-3 ALA) instead of empty calories. One ounce of walnuts has 190 calories.

Supportive but not conclusive research shows that eating 1.5 ounces per day of walnuts, as part of a low saturated fat and low cholesterol diet and not resulting in increased caloric intake, may reduce the risk of coronary heart disease. One ounce of walnuts provides 18g of total fat, 2.5g of monounsaturated fat, 13g of polyunsaturated fat, including 2.5g of alpha-linolenic acid, the plant-based omega-3.

This recipe for Crunchy Broccoli Slaw is fast and easy with just 5 minutes of prep! It’s a little sweet, fantastically tangy, and has crunch for days.
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Crunchy Broccoli Slaw

This recipe for Crunchy Broccoli Slaw is fast and easy with just 5 minutes of prep! It’s a little sweet, fantastically tangy, and has crunch for days.

Course Salad
Cuisine American, Asian
Keyword broccoli, ramen, walnuts
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 23 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 371 kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 (16 ounce) package broccoli slaw
  • 1 package ramen noodles crushed, seasoning packet discarded
  • 1/2 cup sunflower seeds shelled
  • 1/2 cup California Walnuts toasted and chopped
  • 1 bunch scallions sliced (green and white parts)
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 cup sugar

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, combine coleslaw, ramen noodles, sunflower seeds, walnuts, and scallions. In a small bowl, whisk together vinegar, oil, and sugar.

  2. Pour dressing over the top of salad ingredients and toss to coat. Let rest 20 minutes at room temperature to blend flavors.

Recipe Notes

This recipe is from my friend Bobbi.

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9 comments

  1. I would love to know how many fat grams are in this.  I am on  low fat diet. Thanks

    • Hi Karen, right now I’m not computing nutritional info and I’m sorry about that. I hope to add it in the future. You should be able to find a nutritional calculator online though such as MyFitnessPal which will have foods listed in it and you can just figure it out. I’m so sorry about that!

  2. Is it best to make this salad 20 mins before serving or can it be put together ahead of time? Have you ever added raisins?
    Sounds really good 

    • Hi Laurie, You can make it ahead of time. More than 20 minutes. The broccoli slaw/veggie part will never get soggy. The noodles might lose some crunch but that’s it. I haven’t added raisins but that sounds PERFECT. Thanks so much for you question!


  3. Thanks Meggan! 
    I will let you know how the raisins are in it

    • I’m sure it’s going to be awesome, I’ve had broccoli salads with raisins and sunflower seeds (same crunch value/flavor profile as this salad) and it’s THE BEST! Please keep me posted if you have a chance, thanks. :)

  4. Hi Megan! How many servings does this recipe yield?

    • Oops just found it! I completely overlooked it, so sorry. Thank you for posting this recipe. It looks very similar to the one my mom’s friend used to make!


  5. You can add craisins, raisins, mandarin oranges. I’ve done all versions, and it really just depends on what’s in the cabinet or what you desire. I always make the salad dressing the night before, per instructions from the woman who gave me her recipe, and let that sit in the fridge until I’m ready to serve it. You can throw the salad together in a big bowl with a great-sealing lid, toss, and about 30 minutes before you serve it, toss in the dressing, seal lid, and shake it all around to coat. That way the noodles are just soft enough but still crunchy to impress! Went over so well at a Thanksgiving potluck with everyone from Public Works department to the City Manager’s wife. Have copies of the recipe to give out ready, because it will be a hit! Only note-sometimes the broccoli slaw is difficult to find, so shop for that first. Also, my recipe calls for 2 bags of broccoli slaw and 2 pkgs ramen, so it makes enough to feed 20+ people.

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