What Will You Take To Your Next Cookout?

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It’s almost that time of the year – summer is around the corner and you will inevitably get the invitation to gather with friends and family for a cookout. The best part of going to a cookout is getting to eat things you didn’t cook.

Of course, there’s always the question of what you will bring.

Because my life has been so busy for the past few years, I haven’t really had time to get creative when preparing for a cookout. I’m a little jealous of those who spend a lot of time thinking about what they will bring — researching recipes and then bringing some dish that really makes an impression.

I’m pretty certain my boxed brownies, which I whipped together at the last minute, aren’t going to leave any permanent impressions on anyone.

A few years ago I encountered this scenario when someone brought Asian (sometimes referred to as Chinese) Slaw to a cookout. It was the most interesting dish I had ever eaten. A cabbage base with nuts, green onions and Ramen noodles?! It was topped with a dressing that had a touch of sweetness and zip to it. 

Oh my, it was good. Something about it made you want to keep eating more. It had everyone talking. What was in it? Have you ever had anything like this before? No, but we all liked it and had to have the recipe.

It’s a fairly simple recipe and easy to make. Lucky for me, I don’t have to take too much of my precious time to make it.  

It will be a hit at your next cookout and have them asking, “who made this?”


2 (16-ounce) bags coleslaw mix (you can also use broccoli slaw mix)
1 cup sunflower kernels
1 cup sliced almonds
1 bunch green onions, chopped
2 (3-ounce) packages Ramen noodles, crushed

For the Dressing:
1 cup vegetable oil
½ cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup white vinegar
2 seasoning packets from the Ramen noodles (uncooked)


1. In a large bowl, mix together the coleslaw mix, sunflower seeds, almonds, green onions and crushed Ramen noodles.

2. In a small bowl, whisk together the oil, sugar, vinegar and seasoning packets until well blended.

3. Pour the dressing over the coleslaw mixture and toss until it is evenly distributed. Refrigerate until ready to serve.