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!

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 Yummy, healthy salad!



Vietnamese Rice-Noodle Salad

Serves 2

Ingredients

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

Sauce 

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

Method
  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!

12 comments:

  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!

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  2. Beautiful presentation! One of my favorite soups.

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

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

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

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

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  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.

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

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

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  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!

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

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

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