Sunflower Crunch Salad (With Ramen!)

"Ok - this is one of those recipes that sounds questionable & becomes more appealing when the budget closes in. We used to make this a hundred years ago when we were in college on tight budgets... Time passed, the recipe was lost & today it showed up in an email from The Witchita Eagle! It's cheap, not entirely bad for you with the fresh vegies (& nuts) & tastes unbelievably good! LOL - am adding cabbage to the shopping list because mine in the garden are just too small! There was no serving size listed so I opted for 4 to 6 - you'll see. Awesome potluck or picnic dish - just mix vegies, ramen & dressing on site & serve."
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  • 1 cabbage, medium head shredded
  • 2 green onions, minced
  • 5 58 ounces ramen noodles, chicken flavored (2 packages in US)
  • 34 cup sunflower oil (olive, peanut oils OK too)
  • 6 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 12 teaspoon pepper
  • 5 tablespoons sunflower seeds, hulled
  • 1 cup almonds, toasted slivered


  • Mix cabbage and green onions in a large bowl.
  • Chill covered in refrigerator.
  • Reserve Ramen noodles.
  • In another bowl, combine flavor packets from noodles with oil, vinegar, salt and pepper. Mix well.
  • Crush Ramen noodles.
  • When ready to serve, add noodles, sunflower seeds and almonds to cabbage mixture. Add dressing. Mix well. Serve immediately.

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