Vietnamese Salad

This recipe reminds me of all the wonderful herbs and when I visited Da Nang. It's so fresh and light and bursting with flavors. It's perfect on hot summer days but I enjoy it year round.

I topped mine with grilled chicken. You could add any sort of Asian noodles to it if you wanted something more substantial. Those translucent rice noodles would be wonderful.

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes

Yield: 4-6

Source: I based my dressing on my sister Stella's recipe. It's great if you want something more traditional.

Link: Vietnamese Chicken Salad (Goi Ga)


Go easy on the fish sauce and the chili garlic paste if you are not used to them. A little can go a long way. You can always leave these out and just use the dressing alone.

*My carrots were very small and my spring onions were gigantic. The ingredients call for the more standard sizes that are generally available.



  1. Cut the vegetables in bite sized pieces. I diced all the larger vegetables, except for the cabbage which I sliced thinly, then coarsely chopped. Add to salad bowl.
  2. Remove the leaves from the herbs' stems and wash them. Add the washed herbs to the salad. I leave the leaves whole if they are small and tear larger leaves. Add to the salad.
  3. Juice one lime. Combine bottled vinaigrette, fish sauce, chili garlic paste, and the lime juice in a small bowl until mixed. Taste and adjust seasonings, as desired.
  4. Pour dressing over salad greens and toss thoroughly. Serve immediately or allow the flavors to develop overnight. It's wonderful for potlucks!

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January 21, 20180 found this helpful

This looks so good. My fiancé is from Da Nang, I'd love to visit there one day. :)

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January 22, 20180 found this helpful

I know we have talked about it before but it was amazing. And it is so cheap to vacation there. Hotels and restaurants are bargain priced compared to the U.S. And there are so many good shopping deals to be had. I had a dress custom made for me in Hoi An for $20! I can barely buy one off the rack at Target for that. Hope you get to go someday. :)

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