Vietnamese Banh Mi Salad

Fresh and Zesty Vietnamese Banh Mi Salad on #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.

Fresh and Zesty Vietnamese Salad - Banh Mi Style on #vietnamese #salad

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.

Making Fresh and Zesty Vietnamese Banh Mi Salad on #vietnamese #salad


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.

How to Make Vietnamese Banh Mi Salad on #vietnamese #salad

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.

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!

Fresh and Easy Vietnamese Banh Mi Salad on #vietnamese #salad

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Vietnamese Banh Mi Salad

Yield: 4 servings

Prep Time:35 minutes

Cook Time:10 minutes

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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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92 comments on “Vietnamese Banh Mi Salad

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

    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 Reply

    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 Reply

    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 Reply

    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 Reply

    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 Reply

    I love the flavors in this! Pinned! :)

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

    So fresh and gorgeous, Sommer! I love it!

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

    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 Reply

    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 Reply

    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 Reply

    looks awesome!

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

    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 Reply

    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 Reply

    Beautiful salad!

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

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

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

    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 Reply

    So much flavor, I love it.

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

    SO MANY pretty colors!!!

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

    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 Reply

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

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

    What a gorgeous colorful salad! Love it :)

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

    So healthy! Thanks for sharing Sommer!

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

    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 Reply

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

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

    Beautiful! My kind of food.

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

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

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

    Oh freaking heck yeah on my face this is AWESOME.

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

    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 Reply

    Fresh, crunchy and healthy. YUM

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

    Oooh, love the flavors of this salad!

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

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

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

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

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

    This looks like the perfect new years refresher!

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

    This looks fantastic, Sommer!

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

    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 Reply

    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 Reply

    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 Reply

    What a gorgeous looking salad! Delicious!

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

    This looks so good! The perfect lunch!

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

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

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

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

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

    Now that is a salad I could get behind.

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

    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 Reply

    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 Reply

    So pretty and refreshing!

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

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

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

    That salad looks so good! What a great idea!

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

    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 Reply

    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 Reply

    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 Reply

    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 Reply

    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 Reply

    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 Reply

    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 Reply

    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 Reply

    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 Reply

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

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

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