Saigon Noodle Salad


Discover the vibrant and refreshing flavors of Vietnam with this Saigon Noodle Salad. Bursting with fresh herbs, crisp vegetables, and tender rice noodles, this dish is drizzled with a tangy, sweet, and savory dressing. Perfect for a light lunch or dinner, this noodle salad captures the essence of Vietnamese cuisine in every bite.

Saigon Noodle Salad

Preparation and Cooking Times

  • Preparation Time: 20 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes


  • Servings: 4
  • Serving Size: 1 bowl

Nutritional Information (Per Serving)

  • Calories: 350
  • Protein: 12g
  • Carbohydrates: 50g
  • Fat: 10g
  • Saturated Fat: 1.5g
  • Cholesterol: 0mg
  • Fiber: 6g
  • Sugar: 8g
  • Sodium: 800mg


  • For the Salad:

    • 200g (7 oz) rice noodles
    • 200g (7 oz) grilled chicken breast, sliced
    • 1 medium carrot, julienned
    • 1 cucumber, julienned
    • 100g (3.5 oz) bean sprouts
    • 50g (1.75 oz) red cabbage, thinly sliced
    • 50g (1.75 oz) fresh mint leaves
    • 50g (1.75 oz) fresh basil leaves
    • 50g (1.75 oz) fresh cilantro leaves
    • 2 tablespoons roasted peanuts, chopped
  • For the Dressing:

    • 3 tablespoons fish sauce
    • 2 tablespoons lime juice
    • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
    • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
    • 2 tablespoons sugar
    • 1 clove garlic, minced
    • 1 red chili, finely chopped
    • 1 tablespoon water

Method of Preparation

  1. Cook the rice noodles according to package instructions. Drain and rinse under cold water to stop the cooking process. Set aside.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together the fish sauce, lime juice, rice vinegar, soy sauce, sugar, minced garlic, chopped red chili, and water until the sugar is dissolved.
  3. In a large bowl, combine the cooked rice noodles, grilled chicken, carrot, cucumber, bean sprouts, and red cabbage. Add the fresh mint, basil, and cilantro leaves.
  4. Pour the dressing over the salad and toss gently to combine, ensuring all the ingredients are well coated.
  5. Divide the salad into individual bowls. Garnish with chopped roasted peanuts.

Tips for Culinary Success

  • Fresh Herbs: Use fresh herbs for the best flavor. They add a bright and aromatic element to the salad.
  • Customizable: Feel free to add or substitute your favorite vegetables and proteins, such as shrimp or tofu.
  • Dress Just Before Serving: To keep the vegetables crisp, dress the salad just before serving.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Can I make this salad ahead of time?
  • Yes, you can prepare the ingredients ahead of time, but keep the dressing separate until just before serving to maintain the freshness of the vegetables.
What if I don't eat fish sauce?
  • You can substitute fish sauce with soy sauce or tamari for a vegetarian version.
How long can I store leftovers?
  • Leftover salad can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 2 days, but it is best enjoyed fresh.

Enjoy the refreshing and vibrant flavors of this Saigon Noodle Salad, a perfect balance of textures and tastes that brings the essence of Vietnamese cuisine to your table. Whether you're looking for a light meal or a flavorful side dish, this salad is sure to delight your senses and leave you craving more.