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Vietnamese Banh Mi Salad

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.

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!

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Vietnamese Banh Mi Salad

Prep Time: 35 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Vietnamese Chicken Salad with creamy vinaigrette.
Servings: 4


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 cup sliced cucumber heaping
  • 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:


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Place the romaine lettuce on dinner plates, topped with carrots, pickled cucumbers and radishes, sliced chicken, cilantro and green onions.
  • Mix 2 tablespoons of the pickling vinegar liquid with mayo and olive oil. Whisk well and salt and pepper to taste. Drizzle over the top of the salads.


Serving: 1salad, Calories: 358kcal, Carbohydrates: 41g, Protein: 29g, Fat: 9g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Cholesterol: 74mg, Sodium: 3698mg, Potassium: 1151mg, Fiber: 5g, Sugar: 31g, Vitamin A: 19455IU, Vitamin C: 28.8mg, Calcium: 105mg, Iron: 2.5mg
Course: Salad
Cuisine: American, Vietnamese
Author: Sommer Collier

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  3. Love this in salad form!

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

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

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  29. 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.

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

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  33. 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?

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

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

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  42. 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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  45. 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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  48. Great photos! Yeah, I definitely have to get back on track after the holidays, I over indulged this year.

  49. That salad looks so good! What a great idea!

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

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

  52. 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!

  53. Now that is a salad I could get behind.

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

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

  56. This looks so good! The perfect lunch!

  57. What a gorgeous looking salad! Delicious!

  58. 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!

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

  60. 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! :)

  61. This looks fantastic, Sommer!

  62. This looks like the perfect new years refresher!

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

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

  65. Oooh, love the flavors of this salad!

  66. Fresh, crunchy and healthy. YUM

  67. 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.

  68. Oh freaking heck yeah on my face this is AWESOME.

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

  70. Beautiful! My kind of food.

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

  72. 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

  73. So healthy! Thanks for sharing Sommer!

  74. What a gorgeous colorful salad! Love it :)

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

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

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

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

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

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

  81. 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.

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

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

  84. So fresh and gorgeous, Sommer! I love it!

  85. I love the flavors in this! Pinned! :)

  86. 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!

  87. 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!)

  88. 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!

  89. 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!

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