I have a recipe that is very similar to this. It includes sesame seeds which are toasted with the ramen noodles & almonds in a dry pan (no butter). Add the sesame seeds last as they brown the fastest. The dressing does not have to be made a day before but it is best not to assemble the salad until just before serving as the noodles get soggy after sitting in the dressing for a while. We also add the seasoning pack from the noodles so the dressing. It is very yummy and makes a lot! Great for a large crowd.