This is an easy and delicious summer salad. I usually double the recipe for parties. You can also use oriental flavored ramen noodles, if you like.

Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
additional:
2 hrs 15 mins
total:
2 hrs 30 mins
Servings:
5
Yield:
4 to 6 servings
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Ingredients

5
Original recipe yields 5 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Place noodles in a bowl of warm water and soak for 15 minutes or until soft.

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  • Whisk together the oil, sugar, vinegar and seasoning packs.

  • Drain the noodles and combine in a large bowl with the coleslaw, oranges, water chestnuts, green onions and sunflower seeds.

  • Pour dressing over salad and toss to coat evenly. Refrigerate for 2 to 4 hours. Add cashews before serving.

Nutrition Facts

612 calories; protein 9.7g 19% DV; carbohydrates 76.1g 25% DV; fat 31.2g 48% DV; cholesterol 7.2mg 2% DV; sodium 489mg 20% DV. Full Nutrition
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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
09/27/2003
I really liked this salad! I didn't soak the noodles at all--they soften up in the marinade enough and wanted it crunchy. Used oriental ramen instead of chicken and since I like lots of dressing added the mandrin juice to the mix. If you double this recipe make sure you have a seriously huge bowl. I made this for an office dinner and while I loved it no one really said much so.......4 stars. As a leftover the noodles and cashews get soft but it's still very good. I'm planning on making this for Thanksgiving for my more sweet-toothed family. And can anyone tell my why you must use white wine vinegar instead of plain 'ol white vinegar? If anyone is interested a single recipe of this salad cost about 7.00. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
01/22/2003
Sorry but we didn't enjoy this recipe. I was missing the mandarin oranges but I can't believe they'd make that much difference. All three kids took one bite and said NO THANKS. Read More
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213 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 165
  • 4 star values: 31
  • 3 star values: 7
  • 2 star values: 7
  • 1 star values: 3
Rating: 4 stars
09/26/2003
I really liked this salad! I didn't soak the noodles at all--they soften up in the marinade enough and wanted it crunchy. Used oriental ramen instead of chicken and since I like lots of dressing added the mandrin juice to the mix. If you double this recipe make sure you have a seriously huge bowl. I made this for an office dinner and while I loved it no one really said much so.......4 stars. As a leftover the noodles and cashews get soft but it's still very good. I'm planning on making this for Thanksgiving for my more sweet-toothed family. And can anyone tell my why you must use white wine vinegar instead of plain 'ol white vinegar? If anyone is interested a single recipe of this salad cost about 7.00. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/09/2011
This recipe ROCKS! It was VERY easy to make and tasted amazing! dont lisetn to the others though..soak the noodles well as the recipe states. Will be making this one again. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
09/20/2003
I made this for my family. I used sliced almonds instead of cashews and didn't soak the noodles everyone raved. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/26/2004
This is one of the best recipes I've made off this site. I took it to a family reunion today & got many requests for the recipe & I come from a family of very good cooks! I made a few changes--I left out the cashews and added 3 tablespoons of toasted sesame seeds 1/2 cup of toasted sliced almonds and 1/4 cup of chopped cilantro. I used the oriental flavor ramen mix which gave the dressing a delicious taste--similar to the dressing from a restaurant's Asian salad. You definitely do not need to soak the ramen noodles first unless you plan to serve the salad immediately after making it. I defintely plan to make this salad again for summer potlucks and as a main dish for my family with the addition of cooked chicken or shrimp. Awesome recipe!! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
07/12/2003
Light and refreshing. The oranges are a good addition. I only made 1/2 the recipe because I wasn't sure I would like this but it was great. I like the ramen noodles on the crunchey side so I only soaked them for 5 minutes. Next time I might try not soaking them at all and I will try it with the oriental flavor noodles. The only thing keeping me back from straight 5 stars is the kid rating section...some kids might like this but my kids who are the world's most picky won't even try it. Their loss! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/23/2006
This recipe makes a great quantity. I get asked for the recipe often. I used one package of ramen noodles and added 1 cup bean sprouts, 1/2 cup chopped fresh snow peas, 2 tbsps. cilantro and 1 tsp. ginger. I substituted peanuts for cashews. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/20/2003
This is the absolute best salad ever. My husband had four helpings. We had some left overs, but not for long. This a real keeper. I used brown sugar substitute instead of sugar for the dressing. I would not change another thing about this receipt. THE BEST!! Can't wait to make it for company. Thank you for sharing. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
02/02/2011
Great recipe I agree with other reviewers that you don't really need to boil the noodles as the oil mixture definitely softens them up pretty well while it sits in the fridge. But the first time out I did follow the recipe. While doing that I also felt with all the flavoring packets that came with the noodles it made the mixture a bit too salty for my taste. So the second time around I used 1/2 a packet. Next time I might lessen the sugar and eliminate the sunflower seeds. Thanks Louise for sharing your delicious recipe! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/01/2003
I first had this salad at a "Food Day" at work. It was heaven from the first bite. I have since made it. Adding fresh cilantro really gives it a wonder flavor. Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
01/22/2003
Sorry but we didn't enjoy this recipe. I was missing the mandarin oranges but I can't believe they'd make that much difference. All three kids took one bite and said NO THANKS. Read More
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