Friday, 23 March 2012

Vietnamese Rice-Noodle Salad

Vietnamese Rice-Noodle Salad
Keeping up with the healthy theme this blog has been going through recently, it’s only appropriate to continue it methinks, especially as I have a lush recipe that I am excited to share with you today. Not only is this recipe fun to put together, it is colourful and delicious! Plus it’s really good diet food!
Colourful ingredients - my favourite!
Vietnamese rice-noodle salad is pretty much a staple in every Vietnamese restaurant and is normally served with slices or skewers of chicken or pork, and sometimes, if you’re lucky with crispy spring rolls. My version however is a vegetarian one, and don’t let that put you off because this is one heck of a delicious bowl of noodles and salad! Just think of a light refreshing salad and rice noodles, bathed in a flavourful Vietnamese sauce that is sweet, salty and sour and spicy all at the same time.

I also added pomegranate seeds which add a bit of a crunch, but this is entirely optional.
Yummy, healthy salad!

Vietnamese Rice-Noodle Salad

Serves 2


2 carrots, shredded
Cucumber, shredded
Rice noodles/vermicelli
Mint leaves
Basil, optional
Chilli, birds eye or any chilli of your choice
Pomegranate seeds


Rice vinegar
2 tbsp fish sauce
Minced garlic
Chili pepper
Lime, juiced

  1. Soak rice noodles/vermicelli in hot water for a few minutes until hydrated.
  2. Remove and drain and place at the bottom of a bowl.
  3. Add the shredded cucumber, carrot, beansprouts, mint and basil leaves, pomegranate and diced chillies.
  4. Mix the ingredients for the sauce in a separate bowl. I have not included the measurements for the ingredients so you can adjust it to suit your taste preference.
  5. Pour a few tablespoons of the sauce over the noodles and vegetables and mix.
  6. Enjoy immediately!


  1. You know I have never had a noodle salad, but yours does look so fresh and healthy-perhaps I do need to get this into my diet. Like the touch of sweet and heat with the chilies and the pomegranate. Well done. Have a great day Nish!

  2. Beautiful presentation! One of my favorite soups.

  3. That's healthy and looks easy too, will have to try!!!

  4. The pomegranate seeds are great addition to the dish! Well done! =)

  5. I love this salad, so colorful and easy to prepare. I never added cucumber will try your combination,next time.

  6. Mmmm, this salad looks so refreshing on a warm day!

  7. I can imagine the lovely taste because last month I was in Vietnam. Eat to glory all the food found everywhere we got to. They also served most of the dishes with fresh salad and I could not get over the taste of the food in Vietnam. So, this recipe of yours is my kind of food all the way.

  8. This salad looks like heatlh in a bowl. I love the freshness of the veggies, so colorful. I could eat this daily.

  9. Looks delicious - I love Vietnamese food, and the addition of pomegranate seeds is really interesting. :)

  10. This looks gorgeous! I love all of the colors and the added pomegranate seeds. I love those little seeds, I eat them by the handful. I bet its great in this lovely bowl of noodles! Sounds fantastic!

  11. Nish, that looks absolutely fabulous--if this is diet food, sign me up!

  12. This looks great!! AND very heathy, love it! Great Pics! :)