A traditional ramen noodle salad is the perfect inexpensive side dish to go with almost any meal. It’s SO full of flavor and can be changed up to meet any taste you are looking for!

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We’re known around these parts for being pretty frugal in our cooking if we can.

We have a great big family and feeding a large family means adjusting recipes and costs to fit those needs.

This ramen noodle salad recipe is one of the cheapest meals you can make. You can eat it for lunch or dinner, as a side dish or whatever.

Here is one of our favorite ramen noodle salad recipes that costs only a few dollars.

I have several, so I will put them up periodically.

What do you need for Ramen Noodle Salad

ramen noodles – the packets are best and we traditionally use chicken flavored but I am pretty certain any flavor you love would be good.

celery – don’t skip this if you can help it. It adds a lot of really great flavor and crunch to this salad.

red onion – if you only have a white or yellow onion, it’s fine but something about the flavor of a red onion makes us reach for that one more often.

green bell pepper – as I typed green bell pepper, I realized that I’m not certain that it would matter if you used red, orange or yellow here. Just add some bell pepper. It’s good!

green peas – So I usually use a can of green peas, but if you are going to use frozen, make sure they are thawed well in advance of this.

mayonnaise – by mayonnaise, I mean mayonnaise. Not miracle whip which is technically salad dressing and NOT mayonnaise.

But hey, if you love it, might be okay here but I don’t love it and for some reason it sounds really gross to me with this recipe.

My favorite is Duke’s but we use Hellman’s or store brand all the time.

How do you make Ramen Noodle Salad?

Making Ramen Noodle Salad is SO easy.

Simply boil you water and break your noodles up into the boiling water. Basically follow the package directions as far as length of time.

Once your noodles are done, drain the water. Rinse the noodles with cold water until the noodles are cold.

In a small bowl, combine the mayonnaise and the chicken seasoning mix from the ramen packets.

In another bowl, combine the noodles, celery, onion, pepper and peas.

Mix the mayonnaise mixture into the noodle bowl and mix until well coated.

Cover the bowl, and put in the refrigerator to chill for at least 45 minutes to an hour.

Serve cold.

Ramen Noodle Salad Add Ins

  • diced chicken
  • shredded carrots
  • mini shrimp
  • chopped fresh herbs
  • red pepper flakes
  • shredded cheeses
  • sliced almonds
  • so much more!

It works great as a main dish or a side dish and is another perfect picnic food!

Trust me, nobody will know how easy and cheap it was to make!

And honestly, even if they do – they will be so happy with the flavor and results, they won’t care!

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Recipe for Ramen Noodle Salad

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Ramen Noodle Salad Recipe

Nicole Cook
A traditional ramen noodle salad is the perfect inexpensive side dish to go with almost any meal. It's SO full of flavor and can be changed up to meet any taste you are looking for!
4.63 from 8 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Chill Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Course Salad
Cuisine American
Servings 4 servings
Calories 420 kcal


  • 4 packages chicken flavored ramen noodles
  • 1 cups celery diced
  • ½ medium red onion diced
  • ½ medium green bell pepper diced
  • 4 ounces green peas
  • 1 cups mayonnaise


  • Boil water and break noodles into boiling water. Cook as directed on package.
  • Drain and rinse with cold water.
  • In a separate bowl, combine noodles, celery, onion, pepper and peas.
  • In a small bowl combine mayonnaise and chicken seasoning mix (from ramen packets.)
  • Mix into noodles until well coated. Chill and Serve.


Calories: 420kcalCarbohydrates: 8gProtein: 3gFat: 42gSaturated Fat: 7gPolyunsaturated Fat: 25gMonounsaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 0.1gCholesterol: 24mgSodium: 399mgPotassium: 194mgFiber: 3gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 422IUVitamin C: 25mgCalcium: 27mgIron: 1mg
Keyword easy meal ideas, easy salad recipes
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  1. I don’t eat mayonnaise. I was thinking of using, for the dressing, some asian sesame salad dressing that I have. Do you think that would be okay?

    1. I think that would be perfectly acceptable. To be honest, this recipe can be made a lot of different ways, so I think you can change up dressings and do your own thing. Let me know how it turns out with Asian sesame salad dressing.

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