Lawn Mower Salad

My sister introduced us to this awesome salad (in my mind it’s actually a slaw) many years ago at a family gathering. Warmer weather means many opportunities for cook-outs. This cool, crisp side is the perfect accompaniment. The ingredients may sound weird, but you’ll love it! Trust me! It’s perfect for doubling and taking to pitch-ins for work, church, family reunions, etc. Ramen noodles, cashews, and a sweet & sour dressing gives Lawn Mower Salad an Asian flare.lawn-mower-salad-culinary-craftiness

Lawn Mower Salad
2 (3 oz.) pkgs. ramen noodles – chicken flavored
1 16 oz. bag broccoli slaw or coleslaw (in the produce section)
6 green onions thinly sliced, including tops ( I always omit this)
1/3 cup canola oil
1/3 cup sugar
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
1/4 cup water
1 cup coarsely chopped cashews
1/4 toasted/salted sunflower seeds

Crunch up the ramen noodles in the sealed package. Carefully open and take out the seasoning packets. Combine the seasoning packets, sugar, oil, vinegar, and water in a large bowl, whisking until sugar dissolves. Add slaw and green onions (if desired). Add the crunched up noodles to the slaw mixture and toss to coat. Cover and refrigerate 6 hours or overnight. Stir in the cashews and sunflower seeds right before serving.

I love the nuts after they’ve been soaking in the salad so you can add them right after it’s made if you prefer. I have no idea how many calories there are per serving, but I cut down the oil and sugar from 1/2 cup to a 1/3 each so it has to be a tad bit healthier. 😉

Happy eating!

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About Melissa

Melissa is a wife, mother, family cook, and romance novelist. The very first thing she learned in the kitchen was how to scramble eggs in an old cast iron skillet at the age of five. Her great-grandmother put her on a step-stool at the stove and thus began her passion for whipping up great tasting foods.

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