Make This Favorite Summer Salad Recipe Today

Salad Recipe for Potluck Dinner Milwaukee

Breaking news – summertime is a great time for salads. I know, I know – it’s a little surprising to hear the gal who would live on chocolate chip cookies alone waxing poetic about summer salad recipes. But life is all about balance, no?

While I love soup on a cold winter’s night, I’m pretty stoked that we added deli salads and yummy dips to our prepared meal delivery menu for the summer months. By now you’ve hopefully seen the addition of taco pasta salad and the watermelon with arugula kinds of items available to order for Wednesday or Sunday delivery. We think they can be the base for a fun and easy Tuesday night meal on their own or serve as the perfect side dish for your next backyard BBQ.

Of course we want to help y’all out by making and delivering these dishes to you, Milwaukee neighbors, but if you want to try your own hand at summer salads, give this Alliance Salad recipe a whirl. We call it the Alliance Salad because Maggie first enjoyed it at a potluck at her first job, at the Alliance for Children and Families. It’s pretty popular on the potluck scene and for good reason. Six minutes of prep work and you’re good to go! It’s the meal time win you can bank on.


Summer Salad Recipe Milwaukee

Alliance Salad – AKA Ramen Noodle Salad

Course: dinner
Cuisine: American
Servings: 12
Calories: 180kcal
Cabbage, carrots, almonds, oranges, and Ramen noodles combine to make one great side dish salad perfect for a backyard BBQ or potluck dinner.
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Salad Fixings

  • 16 oz coleslaw mix
  • 1 c shredded carrots
  • 1 1/2 c shelled frozen edamame thawed
  • 1/3 c dried cranberries
  • 4 green onions, chopped
  • 2/3 c sliced almonds
  • 2 tbsp sesame seeds
  • 1 pkg ramen noodles flavor packet discarded
  • 1/2 c canned mandarin oranges rinsed and drained

Dressing Fixings

  • 1/4 c rice vinegar
  • 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper


  • Combine all the salad fixings ingredients except the mandarin oranges in a large bowl.
  • Combine all the dressing ingredients in a mason jar or other container with a sealed lid and shake until completely combined.
  • Pour dressing over the salad and carefully toss to combine. Add the oranges towards the end to they don't get smashed.
  • Serve the salad within 4-8 hours. Keep in the fridge until service. Can be served cold or at room temperature.


You could absolutely skip the almonds if going nut-free. 


Calories: 180kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Trans Fat: 1g | Sodium: 151mg | Potassium: 315mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 1963IU | Vitamin C: 19mg | Calcium: 84mg | Iron: 2mg