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Fresh and Zesty Vietnamese Banh Mi Salad on ASpicyPerspective.com #vietnamese #salad This Vietnamese Chicken Banh Mi Recipe, served as a Vietnamese Salad, is a favorite you can enjoy, even when you’re watching your waistline.


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After the annual holiday free-for-all, It’s now time to refocus on healthy eating habits and exercise.

Boy, do I ever need it!

I could probably use a couple weeks of solid greens to get myself back on track.

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It can be a little tricky to recalibrate your diet and still enjoy what you eat…

This Vietnamese Salad should make my annual January transition from sugar-laden gluttony to healthy eating a bit easier. (Few things make me happier than Vietnamese cuisine.)

It’s a variation of a personal favorite, the traditional Vietnamese Banh Mi sandwich.

I like to call it a Banh Mi Recipe, yet since “Banh Mi” refers to bread, I guess the name isn’t really appropriate.

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This bread-less Banh Mi Recipe, is light, healthy, and has all the bright flavors of a classic Banh Mi sandwich, stacked on a bed of crispy greens.

Spicy grilled chicken, sweet pickled cucumbers and radishes, carrots, herbs, even the mayonnaise is represented in a light creamy vinaigrette.

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The Vietnamese Chicken is marinated in a savory, yet tangy, mixture of fish sauce, lime juice, garlic and jalapeno to give it a bold “umami” flavor.

A touch of sugar in the marinade causes the outside of the Vietnamese chicken to caramelize when it grills, so it’s dark and crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside.

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I tossed the cucumbers and radishes in a sweet pickling liquid, so they absorb the flavor and soften just a little. The vinegar mixture is then used as the base of the vinaigrette, to make this Vietnamese Salad come together in a flash.

This Banh Mi style Vietnamese Salad is loaded with flavor. So much so, you won’t even miss the bread!


On-the-go?  You could wrap the whole Vietnamese chicken banh mi recipe in a low-carb tortilla wrap and pack it in a lunch box.

Vietnamese Banh Mi Salad

Yield: 4 servings

Prep Time: 35 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Vietnamese Chicken Salad with creamy vinaigrette.


For The Vietnamese Chicken:

  • 1 pound chicken breast
  • 1/2 cup fish sauce
  • 1/2 cup lime juice
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 4 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 jalapeno, chopped
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt

For the Vietnamese Salad:

  • 1 heaping cup sliced cucumber
  • 1 bunch radishes, sliced
  • 1 bunch green onions, chopped
  • 1 cup shredded carrot
  • 1 cup roughly chopped cilantro
  • 1 head romaine lettuce, roughly chopped
  • 1/2 cup hot tap water
  • 1/4 cup rice vinegar
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

For the Banh Mi Dressing:

  • 2 tablespoons reserved vinegar mixture
  • 3 tablespoons light mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Salt and Pepper



  1. Combine the ingredients for the chicken marinade in a baking dish. Place the chicken in the marinade. Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, chop the vegetables for the salad. Mix the hot water, vinegar, red pepper and salt in a medium bowl. Stir to dissolve the sugar. Then place the cucumbers and radishes in the mixture to pickle. Toss and set aside.
  3. Preheat the grill to medium heat. Grill the chicken for 5 minutes per side, then cover with foil and let it rest for 5 minutes before slicing.
  4. Place the romaine lettuce on dinner plates, topped with carrots, pickled cucumbers and radishes, sliced chicken, cilantro and green onions.
  5. Mix 2 tablespoons of the pickling liquid with mayo and olive oil. Whisk well and salt and pepper to taste. Drizzle over the top of the salads.


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75 Responses to “Vietnamese Banh Mi Salad”

  1. Leslieposted January 7, 2013 at 6:09 am

    Ohhhhh wow!!! That dressing is soooooo easy and I love the marinade for the chicken.


  2. High Plains Drifterposted January 7, 2013 at 7:00 am

    Just found a place that’s way off the beaten path (out here in Denver) that sells $3 Banh-mis. Three dollars!! I want to buy then a food truck so bad.

    Great looking salad!


  3. High Plains Drifterposted January 7, 2013 at 7:05 am

    My only suggestion: add 1 tsp fish sauce, 1 tsp line, and 1 tsp Sriracha to the mayo and olive oil. It ain’t Banh-mi without that za-zing!


  4. Kare @ Kitchen Treatyposted January 7, 2013 at 7:07 am

    What a smart idea! I have yet to try a Bahn Mi sandwich and I still can’t believe that. I know I would love it (and this salad too!)


  5. Liz @ The Lemon Bowlposted January 7, 2013 at 7:10 am

    This is my kind of salad!! I love cooking with Vietnamese flavors and ingredients (and always have fish sauce on hand.) LOVE that you made it healthier!


  6. DessertForTwoposted January 7, 2013 at 7:11 am

    I love the flavors in this! Pinned! :)


  7. Robyn Stone | Add a Pinchposted January 7, 2013 at 7:36 am

    So fresh and gorgeous, Sommer! I love it!


  8. Marian (Sweetopia)posted January 7, 2013 at 7:43 am

    Sommer, this looks so healthy and delicious! I definitely need this after my holiday food free for all!


  9. shelly (cookies and cups)posted January 7, 2013 at 7:46 am

    What a gorgeous salad!! I am on a Vietnamese food kick lately.. love this!


  10. Julie @ Table for Twoposted January 7, 2013 at 7:46 am

    Wow, look at the gorgeous colors on this salad! I’ve never had a banh mi before and I hear I’m missing out! Lovely.


  11. Alison @ Ingredients, Inc.posted January 7, 2013 at 8:09 am

    looks awesome!


  12. Nicole (MyLoveForCooking)posted January 7, 2013 at 8:29 am

    What a bright and lovely salad! Thanks for sharing this carb free version of such a great recipe. :)


  13. Miss @ Miss in the Kitchenposted January 7, 2013 at 8:29 am

    I have never tried anything like this, it looks amazing and I need to get on the healthy track in a bad way!


  14. Mariaposted January 7, 2013 at 8:39 am

    Beautiful salad!


  15. Heather @ Heather's Dishposted January 7, 2013 at 9:13 am

    I love banh mi sandwiches – but salad form? Yes please!


  16. Kiersten @ Oh My Veggiesposted January 7, 2013 at 9:17 am

    What a gorgeous salad! It looks so fresh and delicious. And ahhhh, I love your redesign! It is fabulous!


  17. Erika @ The Hopeless Housewifeposted January 7, 2013 at 9:28 am

    So much flavor, I love it.


  18. claire @ the realistic nutritionistposted January 7, 2013 at 10:10 am

    SO MANY pretty colors!!!


  19. marlaposted January 7, 2013 at 10:20 am

    Now this is a salad I need in my life this instant!!! It is so colorful and a smart way to do Banh Mi!


  20. Gabyposted January 7, 2013 at 11:29 am

    This looks like the perfect salad for me to transition with too!!


  21. Jenny Flakeposted January 7, 2013 at 12:43 pm

    What a gorgeous colorful salad! Love it :)


  22. Sandy @ REposted January 7, 2013 at 12:47 pm

    So healthy! Thanks for sharing Sommer!


  23. Shari | Tickled Redposted January 7, 2013 at 1:54 pm

    Oh my yum! I have been drooling over this since this morning :D The guys and I will be enjoying this al fresco for sure. xo By the way I meant to tell you…I ADORE your new look :D


  24. Ashley - baker by natureposted January 7, 2013 at 2:29 pm

    A salad version of my favorite sandwich?! I’m so in!


  25. Bonnie Kposted January 7, 2013 at 2:33 pm

    Beautiful! My kind of food.


  26. Laura (Tutti Dolci)posted January 7, 2013 at 3:51 pm

    Love this salad, Sommer! Gorgeous and filled with texture!


  27. Bev @ Bev Cooksposted January 7, 2013 at 4:59 pm

    Oh freaking heck yeah on my face this is AWESOME.


  28. Jennifer @ Mother Thymeposted January 7, 2013 at 6:28 pm

    Wow! What an amazing salad! It reminds me of my awesome journey to Vietnam many years ago. I love how you made Banh Mi as salad, great idea.


  29. Colette @ JFF!posted January 7, 2013 at 6:38 pm

    Fresh, crunchy and healthy. YUM


  30. Julieposted January 7, 2013 at 6:43 pm

    Oooh, love the flavors of this salad!


  31. Cassieposted January 7, 2013 at 6:57 pm

    This is such a unique twist on banh mi. Love the flavors!


  32. Aimee @ Simple Bitesposted January 7, 2013 at 7:38 pm

    Seriously girl, this is my kind of dinner! Love the wrap idea, too.


  33. Elizabethposted January 7, 2013 at 8:23 pm

    This looks like the perfect new years refresher!


  34. Shainaposted January 7, 2013 at 11:29 pm

    This looks fantastic, Sommer!


  35. Amy Tongposted January 8, 2013 at 12:10 am

    Yum! I say your Vietnamese Banh Mi Salad is even better than the Vietnamese Banh Mi Sandwich. What a delicious and healthy dish to start off the New Year! :)


  36. Brian @ A Thought For Foodposted January 8, 2013 at 8:54 am

    I’ve had this post open for the last day and every time I look at it I get hungry. Looks amazing!


  37. Sarah | Shine Foodposted January 8, 2013 at 10:02 am

    This is so brilliant. I love the fresh and spicy flavors of a banh mi, but this is such a smart way to lighten it up and make it January/post-holiday friendly. We’re collecting healthy recipes on the Shine Supper Club this month and this would make a perfect contribution. I hope you’ll join us!


  38. RavieNomNomsposted January 8, 2013 at 11:16 am

    What a gorgeous looking salad! Delicious!


  39. Angieposted January 8, 2013 at 12:18 pm

    This looks so good! The perfect lunch!


  40. Christine (Cook the Story)posted January 8, 2013 at 1:13 pm

    Oh wow! This totally makes me want to eat something healthy right now! Yum!


  41. Roxanne @TheROXXBoxposted January 8, 2013 at 2:06 pm

    This looks so delicious. I can’t wait to try!!!


  42. Paula - bell'alimentoposted January 8, 2013 at 3:30 pm

    Now that is a salad I could get behind.


  43. Megan Pence @ Wanna be a Country Cleaverposted January 8, 2013 at 10:01 pm

    This looks absolutely divine. I was just going to be making my first bahn mi creation and now I might just have to make it into a salad instead! Lovely!


  44. Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabblesposted January 9, 2013 at 10:52 am

    I cannot tell you how good this sounds to me. I just printed it off, can’t wait to try it!


  45. Tara @ Unsophisticookposted January 9, 2013 at 11:56 am

    So pretty and refreshing!


  46. Laurie {Simply Scratch}posted January 10, 2013 at 9:52 pm

    Seriously this looks delicious Sommer. I love the colors and all those veggies!


  47. Kevin @ Closet Cookingposted January 11, 2013 at 9:37 am

    That salad looks so good! What a great idea!


  48. Chrisposted January 13, 2013 at 7:03 pm

    Great photos! Yeah, I definitely have to get back on track after the holidays, I over indulged this year.


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  51. Chung-Ah | Damn Deliciousposted January 17, 2013 at 3:26 pm

    Yes please! I would LOVE to try this in a wrap and bring it to work – I’m sure my coworkers will be so jealous.


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  54. Taraposted January 28, 2013 at 2:37 pm

    My husband and I have been on a salad kick and this was perfect! I loved all the parts- the chicken, cucumbers, dressing, everything! This has become one of our new favorites.


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  56. Rachel @ Following In My Shoesposted March 4, 2013 at 5:04 pm

    This looks amazing — so glad you shared it on Facebook today!!!! It will be on my menu SOOOOOON!


  57. dixya @ food, pleasure, and healthposted March 4, 2013 at 5:08 pm

    i love banh ni so much- its a smart idea to cut down on carbs on add more veggies. totally digging it


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  63. Allison Krzastekposted January 5, 2014 at 3:41 pm

    This looks so delicious! My hubby absolutely hates mayo, though, so he won’t eat it as is. Do you think greek yogurt or sour cream would be good substitutions?


  64. Happyposted January 28, 2014 at 3:14 pm

    Thank you for your beautiful sounding recipes. I look forward to trying them over here in the U.K. I really enjoy your website too. I hope to find your cookery books over here in England.


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  66. lomaxposted March 9, 2014 at 1:21 pm

    i was thinking if you really wanted to make it super healthy you could substitute the mayo with greek yogurt


  67. Amyposted April 7, 2014 at 6:05 pm

    Made this for dinner tonight. It was a hit. Very delicious! I’ll be making it again. Was just like a vietnamese sandwich without the bread.


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  72. Sarahposted April 16, 2015 at 9:46 pm

    Made this tonight and it was SO SO SO good! Loved the flavors! 


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  74. Pamela Sposted June 7, 2015 at 5:17 pm

    I made it today using veggies from my CSA box.  Loved it!  Thanks for the great idea!


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