Vietnamese Summer Roll Salad

Vietnamese Summer Roll Salad

Vietnamese Summer Roll Salad

I can’t wait to travel to Asia. I’ve never been, but considering my love for Asian flavors and cuisine how could I not fall instantly in love with it? I don’t think I would miss Western food for a second. I’d trade rice noodles for pasta any day. The flavors of lemongrass, fish sauce, soy sauce, curry paste, ginger, lime, chili peppers..hmm… I could go on and on. These flavors just awaken my taste buds and bring the dish to life. I love savory food because it’s so three dimensional  – it can be  sour, sweet, spicy, smooth, tangy all at the same time (as opposed to sweets which are always just sweet) and I find these contradicting combinations very common in Asian cuisine.

And so I knew when I found this recipe that it would be a hit. I’ve made summer rolls before and absolutely love them so a deconstructed summer roll salad is definitely up my alley. Only problem with this recipe is all the chopping and julienning required. It’s worth it though – trust me. And best of all this meal doesn’t leave you with that heavy stuffed feeling that you get from pasta with alfredo sauce and meaty burgers – you leave the table feeling light and fulfilled.

Recipe Adapted From Running With Tweezers 


Yields 6

Vietnamese Summer Roll Salad

A deconstructed summer roll salad that's quicker to make but still full of the flavors and vibrant tastes

35 minPrep Time

10 minCook Time

45 minTotal Time

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  • 8 oz bean thread noodles (or rice vermicelli noodles)
  • 2 shallots, thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1/2 shrimp, shelled and deveined
  • 1 medium cucumber, julienned
  • 1-2 carrots, peeled and julienned
  • 1 cup mung bean sprouts
  • 1/3 cup roasted peanuts, crushed into smallish pieces
  • 1/3 cup basil, sliced
  • 1/3 cup cilantro, sliced
  • 1/3 cup mint, sliced
  • 2 small red chilies, minced
  • 2 tablespoons ginger, grated
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 3/4 cup fish sauce (a couple tablespoons less if too strong for you)
  • 2/3 cup rice vinegar
  • lime wedges


  1. In a pot bring water to a boil and add noodles. Cook 3-5 minutes making sure not to overcook. Drain and rinse with cold water to stop the cooking process.
  2. In a pan heat coconut oil over medium-high heat and add shallots. Cook until shallots are starting to get golden brown. Remove and drain on a paper towel. Add shrimp to pan and cook until cooked through 3-4 minutes.
  3. To make the dressing: in a bowl whisk the fish sauce, rice vinegar, ginger, red chili pepper, and honey.
  4. To assemble the salad: in a large bowl add cucumber, carrot, bean sprouts and noodles, toss to combine. Add all herbs, shallots and peanuts, and top with shrimp. Squeeze lime wedges over the salad. Pour the dressing over the salad when ready to eat, otherwise noodles will get soggy. Serve with additional lime wedges.
Cuisine: Asian | Recipe Type: Salad

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  1. Helene says

    I just made this. I didn’t have the prawns or peanuts and instead of chopping I made everything julienne and had it with a couple of chicken wings. I also stir friend the noodles lightly in the pan after the shallots instead of boiling them for a bit more flavour. It really was one of my favourite meals I have had in a long time. My vegetable fearing boyfriend and I both had two quite large portions of the salad. Great Inspiration! Thanks.

    • Vicky says

      Aww thanks for stopping by and sharing how the meal turned out Helene! I’m so glad you enjoyed it and will have to try making it your way next time.

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