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Gluten-Free Ramen Noodle Salad

June 26, 2016

The perfect veggie-filled recipe full of flavour and crunch will make this Gluten-Free Ramen Noodle Salad your new favorite. Using gluten-free ramen noodles and a cilantro-lime dressing, this salad will become a meal staple.

The perfect veggie-filled recipe full of flavour and crunch will make this Gluten-Free Ramen Noodle Salad your new favorite. Using gluten-free ramen noodles and a cilantro-lime dressing, this salad will become a meal staple.“Are you gluten-free?” It’s a question I get asked almost daily. I just wish the answer could be delivered as easily as the question.

My response is usually a jumbled mix of words that leaves the person more confused and wishing they hadn’t asked. Because the truth is, I’m a total and complete gluten-hypocrite.

There, I said it.

The perfect veggie-filled recipe full of flavour and crunch will make this Gluten-Free Ramen Noodle Salad your new favorite. Using gluten-free ramen noodles and a cilantro-lime dressing, this salad will become a meal staple.For many many years I was strictly gluten-free. In fact, for the first few years of The Healthy Maven I stuck to a pretty strict gluten-free diet. At the same time, I never self-described myself as being gluten-free. Through years of experimentation I was able to determine that gluten is a huge stressor for my digestive system.

I kind of have a creepy awareness of the way my body works. Gluten–> digestive issues. Dairy –> skin issues. Crappy fried or sugar-laden food –> does anyone ever feel good after eating it???

But at the same time, I just don’t feel like I can live life to the fullest if I have to remain within a strict set of rules.

That’s why I’ve never labelled myself or the blog under any kind of category.

The perfect veggie-filled recipe full of flavour and crunch will make this Gluten-Free Ramen Noodle Salad your new favorite. Using gluten-free ramen noodles and a cilantro-lime dressing, this salad will become a meal staple.I do find myself eating gluten-free most of the time, but when life throws you curveballs (or delicious italian sourdough) I roll with it. Gluten won’t kill me -I’d obviously feel differently about all of this if I was Celiac- so I make choices that make me feel better, when I can.

Choices like my new current obsession: Lotus Brown Rice and Millet Ramen. It’s a whole-grain and gluten-free alternative to god-only-knows what’s in conventional ramen.

The noodles were a great addition to soups in the winter and I’ve been loving adding them to veggies to make this gluten-free ramen noodle salad.

Do you have to be gluten-free to eat this salad? No way. The only prerequisite is that you listen to your body and make the choices that feel right for you right now.

And that VERY long-winded answer is why you should never ask me if I’m gluten-free…

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Gluten-Free Ramen Noodle Salad

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 6-8 servings

Ingredients

  • 4 cups coleslaw mix
  • 1 bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup shelled edamame, cooked
  • 1 large avocado, cut into small cubes
  • 1 large mango, cut into small cubes
  • 2 packages of gluten-free ramen noodles* (discard seasoning)
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds
  • 6 green onions (whites and light-green only), thinly sliced

Cilantro Lime Dressing:

  • 1/3 cup olive or avocado oil
  • 2 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 2 limes, juiced
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 tbsp honey or maple syrup if vegan
  • 2 tsp freshly grated ginger
  • 1/4 cup cilantro, finely chopped

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Using a mallet, crush up ramen noodles into small pieces.
  3. Spread out ramen and almonds on a baking sheet and bake for 10 mins or until golden brown.
  4. In a large bowl combine coleslaw mix, bell pepper, edamame, avocado, mango, ramen and almonds.
  5. In a separate bowl combine all dressing ingredients.
  6. Top salad with desired dressing and let sit for 30 mins before serving.
  7. Store leftovers in fridge for up to 3 days.

Notes

*I love the lotus brown rice and millet ramen noodles

The perfect veggie-filled recipe full of flavour and crunch will make this Gluten-Free Ramen Noodle Salad your new favorite. Using gluten-free ramen noodles and a cilantro-lime dressing, this salad will become a meal staple.

Do you consider yourself gluten-free? Can your diet fit under a label?

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  • Reply
    Lauren
    June 26, 2016 at 10:01 pm

    Ha, this is exactly the same with me and gluten. It makes me feel shitty (pun intended), but like you said, if something I want to enjoy has gluten, I will eat it and know I will feel a bit crappy. I also think its the quality too. I feel much better eating like a spelt bread, then I do a processed piece of “whole wheat” bread.
    I am the same with no labels too. Literally just word vommed all over my blog about how I am plant based and not vegan nowadays. Labels just make me feel mentally restricted…

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      Davida @ The Healthy Maven
      June 28, 2016 at 9:34 am

      LOL I appreciated the bun! After eating at least 3 loaves of bread the last few days, I can totally sympathize lol. Yeah, labels just ain’t sustainable. Just do what you can in the moment!

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    ashley @ fit mitten kitchen
    June 27, 2016 at 7:48 am

    So first, this is one of my favorite salads! My aunt knows this and would always make for our family gatherings… but I kind of like this healthier version better, teehee.
    Second, yes to knowing your body! I deal with psoriasis when I am stressed (which unfortunately was quite often for several months) so I was looking into ways to cut inflammation down with different food, gluten and dairy being one of them. I don’t eat a ton it regardless, so I am typically okay. But I agree with you on food labels. I just eat the way I eat. My label is ME.
    P.S. hope you’re having a fab time in Iceland!
    ashley @ fit mitten kitchen recently posted…Easy Golden Milk Overnight Oats

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      Davida @ The Healthy Maven
      June 28, 2016 at 9:37 am

      Need to show you pics! That is if I can ever narrow them down..I took like 1000+ pics ahhhhh. And yeah, It’s kind of amazing to see the effects of food on changing our bodies. But sometimes it just isn’t possible. The last few days I ate like 1 vegetable haha. Just gotta do what you can!

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    Kelly @ Eat the Gains
    June 27, 2016 at 8:17 am

    I try to stay gluten free as a I feel better when I am. But I am with you, I go with the flow of life and if some has gluten in it, I try not to totally stress out.
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      Davida @ The Healthy Maven
      June 28, 2016 at 9:35 am

      Stress is equally as damaging as nourishing yourself with not-so-great foods! When I take that perspective, it seems to be a more sustainable way to live!

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    Cassie
    June 27, 2016 at 9:27 pm

    I’ve been transitioning to a much more plant-based diet. So far I don’t eat red meat anymore and I seldom eat dairy products, but I still have eggs, poultry and seafood. I would really like to make the change soon because I know it will make such a positive difference–plus I love beans and tofu! I know it won’t be easy, but I’m determined to contribute to such an amazing movement!
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      Stella @ Stellicious Life
      June 28, 2016 at 9:29 am

      Hey Cassie! I’ve been a big carnivore until about 1,5 years ago when I had to make the switch to a plant based diet due to health reasons. I thought I would die missing my daily meat allowance. I haven’t eaten meat since Christmas 2015 and funny thing is I don’t miss it. Turns out my body feels better without it. So good luck with your dietary changes! 🙂
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      Davida @ The Healthy Maven
      June 28, 2016 at 9:37 am

      Gotta do what feels right for you!

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    Casey the College Celiac
    June 27, 2016 at 10:07 pm

    I just wanted to say thank you. Thank you for being honest with gluten free being a choice that helps your body feel better, but not something that’s bad for everyone. Thank you for acknowledging that for celiacs like me, gluten is bad. And thank you for a delicious gluten free alternative to a usual college staple 😉
    Casey the College Celiac recently posted…Tips and Tricks: Cooking with Beets

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      Davida @ The Healthy Maven
      June 28, 2016 at 9:39 am

      Thanks babes! It’s so important for people to understand that if you’re not celiac, not eating gluten is a CHOICE, and it’s a privilege not to be taken for granted. When people use the label as though it’s a life or death situation, it completely undermines those who were not given that choice. I hope people will become more understanding about this in the future. In the meantime, enjoy the salad 🙂 I know you’ll love it!

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    Stella @ Stellicious Life
    June 28, 2016 at 9:32 am

    Hm, I never really considered gluten. How does it make you feel Davida? Just asking to see what symptoms it could cause, because not being a lactose or gluten intolerant I haven’t considered making the effort of trying to avoid it when I can.
    Stella @ Stellicious Life recently posted…Breaking the silence

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    Rachel
    July 18, 2016 at 2:29 pm

    This looks like it would make for a very refreshing summer salad with the mango and cole slaw in it. I’m glad to see that there are gluten-free ramen noodles out there, so I’ll definitely have to pick them up and try them out sometime! Thanks for sharing this recipe!

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    Hannah
    August 23, 2016 at 10:10 am

    Hi Davida! This salad looks incredible! however I’m not a cilantro person. Is there another herb i could substitute for that?

    • Reply
      Davida @ The Healthy Maven
      August 23, 2016 at 10:52 am

      Hey girl! Feel free to omit if it’s not your thing! Will be totally delicious without it 😉 Enjoy!

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      Kirsten
      June 12, 2017 at 2:04 am

      Maybe basil? I was thinking of asking the same thing. I’m one of those “cilantro tastes like soap” people…

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    Agness of Run Agness Run
    September 1, 2017 at 8:56 am

    I love easy, colorful and healthy salad recipes, Davida! Would you recommend it for breakfast?

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