Vietnamese-Style Rice Noodle Salad

My friend Melissa brought over a magazine for me to check out: Cook Fresh by Fine Cooking.  The spring issue was chock-full of great looking recipes, many of which I’ve already made, others on my list of to-do.  One in particular that my family enjoyed was a vietnamese-style rice noodle salad.  Filled with carrots, cucumbers, radishes, cilantro and mint, this salad is both flavorful and refreshing.  I served with some grilled fish but it’d taste great served alone as the main, or alongside some grilled chicken.

Cut this recipe in half if only making for 4 people, as it tastes mediocre as a leftover.  I believe it’s because the rice noodles soak up all of the dressing as it sits.   The best way to enjoy this dish is right away and at room temp.

vietnamese-style rice noodle salad

Vietnamese-Style Rice Noodle Salad

Adapted from Cook Fresh Spring 2012

Serves 6 to 8


1/2 cup fresh lime juice (from about 2 large limes)

1/4 cup finely chopped fresh cilantro

2 Tbsp fish sauce

2 Tbsp turbinado sugar

1 Tbsp minced ginger

3 large cloves garlic, minced

1 small jalapeño, seeded and minced

8 oz dried rice noodles

8 cups thinly sliced Romaine lettuce (about 1 1/2 heads)

1 large carrot, shaved into ribbons with vegetable peeler

1 large cucumber, cut into 1/2-inch dice

5 medium radishes, thinly sliced

1 cup fresh mint leaves

1/2 cup salted peanuts, coarsely chopped


1.  In a small bowl, combine the lime juice through jalapeño.  Set aside

2.  Bring a large pot of water to a boil and add rice noodles.  Cook noodles, stirring frequently, until just tender, approximately  4 minutes.  Drain and rinse with cold water until noodles cooled.

3.  In a large bowl, combine noodles with lettuce through mint.  Toss the salad with the dressing and garnish with peanuts.  Serve immediately at room temperature.


One Response to “Vietnamese-Style Rice Noodle Salad”
  1. Yum, I love Asian salads and welcome a new recipe to try! Thanks Melissa! Oh, I have lots of cilantro in the garden if you want some and we do need to get together and talk.

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