Summer is Icumen In…with Summer Salads

Broccoli Slaw

Broccoli Slaw

Sumer is icumen in,
Lhude sing cuccu!    (
Middle English Folksong)

After a long winter, there is nothing quite as anticipated as summer for a local foodie!  And here in Wisconsin we do hope summer is icumen in! With temperatures hovering in the 50’s (or worse), everyone is surprised to see daylight after 7 PM–it still feels like March!  All of this, a mere 45 days shy of the summer solstice!

But warmer weather will come and, if not, I will be picnicking in my long johns.  So here is one of my favorite summer salad recipes.  It has been tweaked by a succession of friends and family and is slightly different from (and hopefully better than) the standard versions.  And I even have a source of organic broccoli slaw–must be destiny!

Broccoli Slaw   



  • 16 oz pkg broccoli slaw
  • ½ bunch green onions, chopped (or substitute chopped onion to taste)
  • 3/4 c sunflower seeds, or slivered almonds or combination
  • 1 pkg ramen noodles (oriental if available)


  • 1/3 c olive oil
  • 1/3 c apple cider vinegar
  • 1 T. sesame oil
  • 1 T Teriyaki sauce
  • 1 ½ T sugar
  • Ramen noodle seasoning pkg


1.  Remove seasoning packet from noodles, leaving noodle packaging intact.  Smash noodles and retain seasoning for the dressing.

Smashing Ramen Noodles

Smashing Ramen Noodles


2.  Combine salad ingredients in large bowl.

Broccoli Slaw Veggies

Broccoli Slaw Veggies

3.   Combine dressing ingredients in a jar and shake well to emulsify.

Dress Salad

Dress Salad

4.   Blend dressing with salad.  Save any extra dressing for future salads.

Broccoli Slaw with Bomber

Broccoli Slaw with Bomber

6 thoughts on “Summer is Icumen In…with Summer Salads

  1. Louise

    Well, well, look at you. All geared up for Summer and National Salad Month which also happens to be in the merry month of May.

    I can never conger up interesting things to throw in those packages of broccoli slaw. Sunflower seeds and ramen noodles sound very curious I must give it a whirl!!!

    I do hope it warms up for you soon Inger, Pennsylvania is slowly beginning to thaw.

    Have a wonderful day and thanks for sharing…

  2. Louise

    Hi Inger!!! I just had to tell you, I “threw” this salad together tonight for Marion and she just LOVED it!!!

    I’ve been so busy with the greenhouse and my new flower garden that I just don’t have time to eat no less cook. (or blog or visit:) The salad worked out just GREAT!!!

    Thank you so much for sharing the recipe…Louise

    P.S. Enjoy Salad Month!!! Just in case you’re interested, here’s a round-up of recipes I did for Salad Week which just happens to be in July. Enjoy:)

    1. Inger Wilkerson

      Glad you enjoyed the recipe. Since you are so busy I should also mention that sometimes I dress just part of it and refrigerate the undressed part of the salad and remaining dressing separately (like I mentioned for my coleslaw). Then I can serve it twice without extra work or having soggy ramen. THanks for the recipe link–I’ll take a look–CSA season is coming!

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