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Vietnamese Salad with Chicken and Vermicelli
lime dressing

Active: 30 minTotal: 45 min
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Vietnamese noodle salads are distinctive for their clean, fresh flavors and the lightly sweet dressings that gather in the bottom of the bowl. We add marinated chicken and roasted peanuts for a one-bowl dinner that packs tons of flavor!


Vietnamese Dressing with Lime:
  • Garlic - 2 cloves
  • Ginger - 1 inch
  • Brown sugar - 2 Tbsp
  • Vinegar, rice - 2 Tbsp
  • Fish sauce - 4 Tbsp
  • Limes, juice - 2
  • Water - 2 Tbsp
  • Red pepper flakes (opt) - 1/2 tsp
  • Green onions, green parts only - 2, minced
Chicken and Vermicelli Salad:
  • Chicken, boneless breasts or thighs - 1 lb
  • Honey - 3 Tbsp
  • Soy sauce, low-sodium - 3 Tbsp
  • Rice vermicelli noodles (find these in the ethnic aisle or sub soba or angel hair) - 3 oz
  • Carrots, small - 2, grated
  • Cucumbers, medium - 1, matchsticks
  • Green lettuce, small - 1 head, chopped
  • Mint, fresh - 1/4 cup, chopped
  • Cooking oil - 1 Tbsp
  • Peanuts, roasted & unsalted - 1/2 cup
  • Vietnamese dressing with lime (ingredients listed separately) - ~3/4 cup

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Serving Size: 1 serving
Servings Per Recipe 4
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  1. Marinate chicken - Cut chicken into 1” (2.5 cm) cubes. Combine honey and soy sauce and pour over chicken pieces. Marinate for at least 30 minutes and up to a day. (Can be done 1 day ahead)
  2. Make dressing - Mince garlic. Grate ginger. Combine garlic, ginger, sugar, vinegar, fish sauce, lime juice, water and red pepper flakes (if using). (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  3. Cook rice noodles - Cook according to package instructions. (Can be done up to 3 days ahead)
  4. Carrots / Cucumbers - Prep as directed. (Can be done up to 3 days ahead)
  5. Lettuce / Mint / Green onions - Prep as directed.


  1. Heat a wok or saute pan over medium-high heat. Add oil. Use a slotted spoon to transfer chicken to hot pan. (Reserve marinade.) Saute until chicken is nearly cooked through, 4 to 5 minutes. Add remaining marinade and cook until marinade reduces and coats chicken, ~2 minutes.
  2. Whisk dressing and sprinkle green onions over the top.
  3. Assemble salads by combining lettuce, noodles, carrots, cucumbers and chicken in serving bowls. Top with mint and peanuts. Pour dressing over salad just before serving. Enjoy!

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This meal has 47 reviews

The dressing was perfect (caveat, I stopped at 3 Tbs of fish sauce). I loved eating these types of salads in Vietnam and Laos and am glad to be able to make them at home now. I cheated and used already-roasted chicken breast from Safeway - probably would have been even tastier if I'd used the chicken recipe!

By: Lindsey
Posted: Sep 28, 2016
Diet: Original

Used mock duck instead of mushrooms -- big hit.

By: Megan
Posted: May 04, 2016
Diet: Vegetarian

The dressing was a bit salty & I should've done a better job draining the marinade from the chicken. A lot of prep, but a great summer meal! (Or 85 in April meal!)

By: Renee
Posted: Apr 20, 2016
Diet: Original

Fantastic. I did miss the lemongrass in the chicken bun from my favorite Vietnamese place, so I may try to play around with the chicken marinade.

By: Victoria
Posted: Mar 31, 2016
Diet: Original

So delicious - will for sure do it again. My Vietnamese colleague loved the taste. I added some more lime juice - and the flavor just married each other.

By: Cecilia
Posted: Sep 20, 2015
Diet: Original

This is going to be a new staple in our house!

By: Michelle
Posted: Sep 11, 2015
Diet: Original