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Vietnamese Cold Chicken Salad (Goi Ga)

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Vietnamese Cold Chicken Salad (Goi Ga) #healthy #lowcarb #paleo
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I grew up in a city that has a significant Vietnamese population. Therefore, long before I had an appreciation for more popular international cuisines, I loved Vietnamese food.

From noodle soups, to the noodle salad bowls, and banh mi sandwiches, I haven’t met a Vietnamese dish I haven’t liked… And I crave it above all other national cuisines.

Making Vietnamese Cold Chicken Salad (Goi Ga) #healthy #lowcarb #paleo

In college, I made a habit of visiting a particular Vietnamese restaurant once a week with a friend. On my limited student budget, their lunch specials were a bargain!

Each meal came with an appetizer portion of Vietnamese Cold Chicken Salad (Goi Ga), a crunchy chilled salad with a bold zesty flavor, and shredded chicken speckled throughout.

Simple Vietnamese Cold Chicken Salad (Goi Ga) #healthy #lowcarb #paleo

Now that we live hundreds of miles away from my favorite Vietnamese lunch spot, I have to make these dishes at home.

Easy Vietnamese Cold Chicken Salad (Goi Ga) #healthy #lowcarb #paleo

Although some Vietnamese recipes are complicated, Vietnamese Cold Chicken Salad (Goi Ga) is extremely quick and simple.

It’s crisp, fragrant, and loaded with veggies, with a tangy-sweet punch from the nuoc cham dressing. Plus, it easily fits into most diet plans!

Best Vietnamese Cold Chicken Salad (Goi Ga) #healthy #lowcarb #paleo

Make a big bowl of Vietnamese Cold Chicken Salad (Goi Ga) on Monday and take it for lunch throughout the week. Or serve it as a light dinner any night of the week.

You are going to love it!!

Perfect Vietnamese Cold Chicken Salad (Goi Ga) #healthy #lowcarb #paleo

Vietnamese Cold Chicken Salad (Goi Ga)

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Crunchy Vietnamese Cold Chicken Salad (Goi Ga) Recipe - A light and healthy chicken and cabbage salad that is gluten free and paleo-friendly!
Servings: 8


For the Vietnamese Cold Chicken Salad:

  • 6 cups shredded napa cabbage
  • 2 1/2 cups cooked shredded chicken, cold (use leftovers or a rotisserie chicken)
  • 3/4 cup fresh mint, roughly chopped
  • 3/4 cup shredded carrots
  • 1/2 red onion, peeled and sliced thin
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro, roughly chopped
  • 1/2 cup chopped roasted peanuts (cashews for paleo-friendly)

For the Nuoc Cham Dressing:


  • Place all the salad ingredients in a large bowl.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together the lime juice, water, honey, fish sauce, and chili garlic sauce.
  • When ready to serve, pour the dressing over the salad and toss well.


Serving: 2cups, Calories: 167kcal, Carbohydrates: 14g, Protein: 13g, Fat: 7g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 33mg, Sodium: 202mg, Potassium: 348mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 9g, Vitamin A: 2315IU, Vitamin C: 25.2mg, Calcium: 51mg, Iron: 0.9mg
Course: Main Course, Salad
Cuisine: Vietnamese
Author: Sommer Collier

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21 comments on “Vietnamese Cold Chicken Salad (Goi Ga)”

  1. Very Good. A keeper for sure. 

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  4. Made this Saturday night and we loved it! So much flavor, crunch and yumminess all wrapped in a whole wheat tortilla that I’ll definitely be making this again! Love that the dressing has no fat in it, too. Very healthy!

  5. I made this with a package of tuna instead of chicken for lunch and dinner for 2 days. Was still incredible. Great meal for hot summer lunches.

  6. Yum! My husband and I made this today. We used the crockpot to make the shredded chicken, and added some shrimp. (And accidentally added a whole red onion instead of half. :p) This was delicious, and it came out so pretty and colorful that I sent a picture to my Vietnamese mom! Thank you for the recipe!

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  8. My husband and I thought this was absolutely delicious.  We put leftover grilled chicken thighs on it which had been done in a teriyaki marinade.  I cut back a tiny bit on the honey and fish sauce, but otherwise followed it exactly.  Can’t wait for the leftovers today for lunch.  Thanks for sharing this!

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  15. This is an amazing recipe! Made it tonight and it’s absolutely delicious. ?

  16. YUM! this looks fabulous and I’m going to give Paleo a shot for February so this will be perfect. Thanks for sharing!

  17. Loving all the textures!

  18. I always order this at Vietnamese food! SO awesome Sommer!

  19. Love full flavored chicken salad like this! 

  20. Love all of the flavours and textures in this chicken salad!

  21. This looks absolutely amazing! I will definitely give your recipe a try next time I’m having friends over for dinner :-).