Delicious Sumi Salad Recipe: A Perfect Start to Your Day

As the famous chef Julia Child once said, “People who love to eat are always the best people.” And I couldn’t agree more. As someone who loves throwing parties and hosting dinners, creating sumptuous dishes that can be enjoyed by all is one of the most fulfilling things I can do.

That’s why I’m thrilled to share with you my latest obsession – the Sumi Salad recipe. This dish is a unique and flavorful take on the classic coleslaw salad. It features a perfect balance of textures and flavors, making it the ideal side dish for almost any meal or even as a main course for a light lunch.

The Sumi Salad recipe showcases a beautiful blend of ingredients – from green onions and sesame seeds to cabbage and ramen noodles, making it an Asian-inspired delicacy that is sure to impress at any gathering. The crispy noodles and slivered almonds add crunch to the salad, while the dressing made from rice vinegar, canola oil, and sugar creates a tangy-sweet flavor.

Whether you’re planning for an intimate dinner party or preparing for a potluck get-together with friends, you’re guaranteed to wow your guests with this irresistible Sumi Salad recipe. So let’s get started and discover why this unique twist on coleslaw has become one of my favorite summer dishes!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Sumi Salad
Sumi Salad

This sumi salad recipe is more than just a dish, it’s an experience! As soon as the aroma of the toasted sesame oil and rice vinegar mixture begins to permeate the room, you know that this will be something special. Though this salad requires a bit of preparation, the end result is worth the effort.

One of the best reasons to love this salad recipe is its versatility. It can be served as a main dish or as a side dish, making it perfect for any occasion. You could have it alongside your roasted chicken or baked salmon. Or if you are keeping things light, enjoy it on its own with a sprinkle of toasted almonds and chopped scallions for crunch.

The combination of flavors that come together in this salad is absolutely phenomenal. The nuttiness of the toasted sesame seeds along with tangy Asian-inspired dressing brings out tones and depths of flavor that you never knew existed. The delicate balance of sweet and savory makes each bite more delicious than the last.

Moreover, this salad recipe packs a punch with nutrient-dense ingredients like purple cabbage and seaweed salad which are rich in antioxidants and minerals. The addition of sliced almonds provides an extra dose of protein to keep you feeling satiated and energized throughout the day.

All in all, The Sumi Salad Recipe offers an explosion of flavors, textures, and nutrients that make it stand out from any salad you’ve had before. Whether you’re enjoying it alone or sharing it with friends at your next gathering, this salad is guaranteed to impress and leave you craving more!

Ingredient List

 Crisp and refreshing, a Sumi Salad is the perfect summer dish!
Crisp and refreshing, a Sumi Salad is the perfect summer dish!

Here are the ingredients you’ll need for this Sumi Salad recipe :

For the Salad:

  • 1 head green cabbage, chopped
  • 1/2 head purple cabbage, chopped
  • 8 green onions, finely sliced
  • 2 (3 oz) packages ramen noodles, broken into small pieces (chicken flavored or oriental flavor)
  • 1/4 cup slivered almonds
  • 1/4 cup sesame seeds

For the Dressing:

  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup white vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon pepper
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 8 tablespoons seasoned rice vinegar

Optional ingredients:

  • Sansai seaweed salad
  • Coleslaw mix

Note that additional dressing can be prepared if needed using same dressing ingredients in equal proportions.

The Recipe How-To

 This salad is a feast for the eyes and the tastebuds.
This salad is a feast for the eyes and the tastebuds.

Step 1: Prepare the Ingredients

Before starting with the recipe itself, it is essential to prepare all the ingredients. The necessary ingredients for the Sumi Salad recipe are 1 head green cabbage, 1 small purple cabbage, 8 scallions, 2 packages of ramen noodles, 1 cup slivered almonds, and 1 cup sesame seeds.

The green cabbage needs to be chopped into small pieces. Remove the hard center and slice thinly. The purple cabbage should also be chopped into thin slices. The green onions need to be finely sliced, while the ramen noodles should be broken into small pieces. We will use chicken-flavored ramen noodles here.

It’s essential to toast the almonds and sesame seeds in a dry pan over low heat until fragrant and golden brown.

For the dressing, you will need 1/2 cup canola oil, 1/4 cup sesame oil, 3/4 cup seasoned rice vinegar or plain rice vinegar, and 3 tablespoons white sugar.

Prepare all ingredients in one place and get ready to assemble them into a delicious Sumi Salad.

Step 2: Make the Salad

Start by heating 8 tbsp of vegetable oil in a large pan over medium heat.

Add the ramen noodles and cook for 2 to 3 minutes, stirring constantly until they are crispy and golden brown. Remove them from the pan and set them aside.

In that same pan, add 8 tablespoons of slivered almonds and cook for about a minute, stirring occasionally until toasted. Remove them from the pan and keep them aside with the toasted ramen noodles.

Next, mix together the canola oil, sesame oil, rice vinegar, Accent seasoning, pepper, salt and white sugar in a bowl. Stir well using a fork or whisk until all of these ingredients are properly blended together.

Take a separate large bowl now and add in all other vegetables: head of chopped green cabbage and chopped purple cabbage, along with finely sliced green onions.

Toss well so every ingredient combines properly then stir in the toasted almonds and toasted Ramen noodles mentioned earlier.

Drizzle sumi dressing (which was mixed up earlier) over the salad mixture and toss properly so that every vegetable is coated with this delicious dressing made up of an amalgamation of various flavors such as sweetened vinegar & oils.

At this point you can sprinkle some optional toppings like roasted sesame seeds & shredded seaweed salad if desired — doing so can truly elevate your salad from just “good” to “great”!

Serve immediately or refrigerate until ready to eat!

Enjoy a flavorful dish packed with nutrients that will get your taste buds buzzing!

Substitutions and Variations

 The vibrant colors of this salad will make your table pop!
The vibrant colors of this salad will make your table pop!

When it comes to the Sumi salad recipe, there are a number of substitutions and variations that you can make to tailor it to your preferences or dietary needs.

For example, if you are looking for a vegetarian version, you can easily omit the chicken flavored ramen noodles and replace them with some seaweed salad, coleslaw mix or other vegetables of your choice. You can also substitute the vegetable oil for sesame oil which adds a nutty flavor that goes well with Asian-inspired dishes.

If you want to add some extra crunch to your salad, try substituting almonds with cashews or peanuts. Alternatively, you can increase the amount of sesame seeds in the recipe or add some crispy fried wonton strips on top for a more complex texture.

For those who prefer a sweeter dressing, consider adding a bit more sugar to the seasoned rice vinegar or use honey as an alternative sweetener.

If you don’t have all the ingredients on hand but still want to enjoy this dish, don’t be afraid to get creative and substitute what you have available in your pantry. The possibilities are endless when it comes to making variations on this delicious Sumi salad recipe!

Serving and Pairing

 Looking for a healthy yet delicious meal? Try this Sumi Salad!
Looking for a healthy yet delicious meal? Try this Sumi Salad!

The Sumi Salad is versatile and pairs well with various dishes, making it perfect for your next potluck or BBQ. Here are some ideas on how to serve and pair the salad.

Serve as a side dish: The Sumi Salad is a great accompaniment to grilled meats such as chicken, beef, pork, or fish. It’s also an excellent side dish for Korean or Japanese cuisine.

As a main course: You can turn the Sumi Salad into a stand-alone main course by adding protein such as shredded chicken or tofu. Simply toss in the cooked protein before adding the dressing.

Pair with other salads: If you’re hosting a salad bar party, the Sumi Salad will be an excellent addition. You can serve it alongside coleslaw, caesar salad, and oriental salad for a varied selection.

Serve with sushi or sashimi: The Sumi Salad goes extremely well with sushi and sashimi. The combination of flavors of the Sumi Salad and the raw fish will create a perfect harmony in your taste palette.

As an appetizer: The salad’s crunchiness makes it an ideal appetizer to get things started at a party. You can serve it in small portions on individual plates decorated with seaweed salad sansai, in serving bowls allowing guests to help themselves or even in a platter for guests to share.

In conclusion, let your imagination run wild while serving the Sumi Salad to match your style, personality, occasion or event you’re creating because that is what makes catering fun!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 The combination of textures in this salad will keep your mouth happy and satisfied.
The combination of textures in this salad will keep your mouth happy and satisfied.

One of the many great things about the Sumi Salad Recipe is its versatility for make-ahead preparation and storage. I often recommend that you make the salad dressing ahead of time, so it can chill in the fridge before using it. Moreover, you can also chop the vegetables and store them in a ziplock bags or airtight containers. The cooked noodles can also be stored separately in another container to prevent them from getting soggy.

The cabbage tends to wilt quickly, so ideally, it’s best to consume the salad within 24 hours after it’s been prepared. But, if you do have leftovers, store them promptly in an airtight container and keep them in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. As long as you keep all of the components separate from one another (especially those crispy noodles!), it should maintain its freshness.

When reheating, simply transfer the sumi salad into a microwave-safe dish and heat it up for 30 seconds, then try tossing and heating again for another 15-20 seconds. Please note that it won’t be as crisp as when freshly served, but still delicious nonetheless.

Overall, the Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating options with this salad recipe are relatively simple and straightforward. So whether you are prepping this for a party or making some for your meal prep routine throughout the week, Sumi Salad Recipe has got you covered with deliciousness even after being stored!

Tips for Perfect Results

 Take a bite and you'll taste the perfect balance of sweet, tangy, and savory flavors.
Take a bite and you’ll taste the perfect balance of sweet, tangy, and savory flavors.

To achieve the perfect Sumi Salad, there are a few tips and tricks to keep in mind. Here are a few of my recommendations:

Firstly, it’s essential to not overcook the ramen noodles. Follow the package instructions carefully and cook them just until they are al dente. Overcooking the noodles will result in a mushy salad, which is not what we want.

Secondly, when mixing the dressing for the salad, make sure to use white sugar instead of brown sugar. White sugar dissolves quickly and provides a cleaner taste, whereas brown sugar can create clumps and alter the flavor.

Thirdly, using toasted almonds will add more texture and depth to your salad. Toast the almonds over medium heat for 5-7 minutes until they are fragrant and golden brown.

Fourthly, always chop your ingredients as close to serving time as possible. Doing so will ensure that everything stays fresh and crisp.

Lastly, feel free to adjust the amount of seasoning according to your preference. Start with small amounts first and taste as you go along. Remember that it’s easier to add more seasonings but harder to take them away once you’ve added too much.

By following these simple tips, you’ll be able to make a delicious Sumi Salad every time!


Now that you know how to make this tasty Sumi Salad, let’s go over some common questions and concerns about the recipe.

How is seaweed salad made?

To create a delicious seaweed salad, start by mixing sesame oil, rice vinegar, salt, and a touch of sugar in a bowl. Add the rehydrated seaweed and stir until evenly coated with the dressing. To add a bit of texture, sprinkle with sesame seeds. This dish is best served cold or at room temperature, making it perfect for a bento box lunch.

What is the secret to making a good salad?

Let’s dive into some pro tips for mastering a fresh and delicious salad, perfect for any party or gathering. Firstly, protect the delicate nature of lettuce and other greens by handling them with care during preparation. A tangy balsamic dressing is always a classic choice to elevate the flavors of your greens.

Another key component to your salad is the beloved avocado. To ensure its peak freshness, only peel and chop it up right before serving. Don’t bother with the typical lemon juice or cold water trick to keep it from oxidizing.

Crying while chopping onions is a common occurrence for every home chef. But fear not, there are ways to combat the tears. Try freezing or chilling the onions before slicing and dicing them. This will lessen the amount of pungent chemicals released, leaving you to focus on the joy of creating a delicious dressing.

Speaking of dressing, it’s important to show it some love too. It’s the perfect chance to get creative with flavors, beyond the classic vinaigrette. Experiment with different oils and vinegars, and don’t be afraid to add some sweetness with a touch of honey or maple syrup.

Last but not least, don’t forget to add some protein to your salad. Whether it’s grilled chicken, shrimp, or tofu, it will provide a much needed heartiness and balance to the meal. So go forth and create the ultimate salad experience, with these trade secrets up your sleeve.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, the Sumi Salad recipe is an outstanding and refreshing way to incorporate a wide variety of flavors and textures into your meals. The combination of fresh vegetables, crunchy ramen noodles, toasted sesame seeds, and slivered almonds bring together a wonderful harmony of flavors that will make your taste buds dance with joy.

Whether you are looking for a quick and easy meal to throw together for lunch or want to impress your guests at your next dinner party, this salad recipe is a surefire hit. With simple ingredients and preparation, you’ll be able to whip up this dish in no time.

So, why not give this Sumi Salad recipe a try? Not only is it delicious and healthy, but it also provides endless opportunities for substitutions and variations to keep things interesting. You’ll love the balance of sweet and savory flavors in each bite.

As always, don’t be afraid to get creative and make it your own by customizing it with your favorite ingredients. After all, cooking isn’t just about following recipes – it’s about expressing yourself through food. Happy eating!

Sumi Salad

Sumi Salad Recipe

Oh, this is so good! A great "different tasting" picnic salad. Sweet and tangy, with a little crunch.
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Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 7 mins
Course Appetizer/Side dish
Cuisine Japanese
Calories 308.8 kcal


  • 24 ounces packaged coleslaw mix
  • 1 cup purple cabbage, chopped
  • 8 scallions, chopped
  • 5 (3 ounce) packages ramen noodles, very broken up, use noodles only, discard flavor package
  • 8 ounces sliced almonds
  • 4 tablespoons sesame seeds
  • 1 cup vegetable oil or 1 cup canola oil
  • 4 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons Accent seasoning
  • 6 -8 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper


  • Combine coleslaw, chopped scallions and broken noodles in very large bowl.
  • Bake almonds& sesame seeds onto ungreased cookie sheet at 300 degrees for 5-7 minutes, then toss into slaw-scallion-noodle combo bowl.
  • Mix the salad oil, sugar, Accent, rice wine vinegar, salt & pepper in separate bowl.
  • Mix into salad mixture.
  • Marinate overnight, stir occasionally.
  • *Make sure noodles are very broken up, and very soft when serving this; important to marinate overnight!
  • *I usually double the ingredients in step #3; add 1/2 of dressing to salad for overnight marination and add other half upon serving, to freshen up the salad if needed. The noodles tend to soak up the dressing overnight, especially if using 5 packages of noodles.

Your Own Notes


Serving: 48gCalories: 308.8kcalCarbohydrates: 21.9gProtein: 5.7gFat: 23.1gSaturated Fat: 4gSodium: 613mgFiber: 2.6gSugar: 4g
Keyword < 30 Mins, Asian, For Large Groups
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