Cold Charred Corn & Sesame Ramen Salad

by Rebekahcooked up on July 28, 2016

Guys… it’s hot. I do NOT want to turn on the oven this week.

I’m glad it’s finally here – come on tomatoes!! – but it definitely changes how we go about making dinner. Lordy, we have had a lot of green salads this week.

Charred Corn Cold Ramen Salad | PDXfoodlove

But we have also really been getting into the cold Asian noodle salads – the fresh flavors that go well in these kinds of dishes just seem really appealing after a busy day, when the kitchen is warm. Dave has also been working super hard in the basement to tile the bathroom, and I’ve been working a little extra the past couple of weeks. We are  big fans of the quick & easy just as much as the fresh and cold right now.

Charred Corn Cold Ramen Salad | PDXfoodlove

You can make a cold ramen salad with the same dried noodles from any ramen packet (my recipe doesn’t use a flavor packet – you can save it for another purpose).

Charred Corn Cold Ramen Salad | PDXfoodlove

But what I really recommend is finding fresh ramen noodles if you can! I recently got to try Umi Organic noodles, a local Portland fresh ramen noodle product that is absolutely fabulous. They are so much chewier – they just are more substantial than a dried noodle. They also taste great – some of those packaged versions are highly dependent on the flavor packet to taste like anything. It makes it a lot easier to go with a simple preparation!

I can’t wait to get my hands on more of Lola’s Umi Organic noodles… so I can make this salad again.

Cool Cucumber Sesame Salad

Ingredients

  • 2 cucumbers, VERY thinly sliced (use a mandolin slicer if you have one)
  • 1 ripe avocado, thinly sliced
  • 4 radishes, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 1 tbsp. sesame oil
  • 1 tsp. rice wine vinegar
  • Heavy pinch of salt
  • 2 tsp. sesame seeds

Instructions

  1. Toss cucumbers, radishes and cherry tomatoes in a big bowl.
  2. Add lime juice, sesame oil, rice wine vinegar and salt and toss again.
  3. Finally, top with avocado (If you toss it too much it will fall apart 🙂 ) and top avocado slices with a little additional squeeze of lime to prevent browning.
  4. Top with sesame seeds.
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