Damien’s Aromatic Vietnamese Salad

Vietnam isn’t well known for its salads, but it should be, the Vietnamese have an extremely successful agricultural sector that puts Europe to shame, fresh vegetables are always plentiful on the roadside markets and they are always brilliant, vegetables are the backbone of Vietnamese food.

This amazingly simple salad showcases all of that, dont be deceived, this isn’t just a bowl of Vietnamese vegetables, the sweet and sour spice of the dressing really gives this salad a bite, the Corriander and mint give the raw veggies an amazing long flavour and they match perfectly with the sweetness of the dressing, the addition of the sautéed shallots and peanuts simply round of this colourful salad.

Try it, you wont be disappointed!
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Photography by Frank Verbruggen

Print Recipe
Serves: 2-3 Cooking Time: 25 mins


  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 4 tbsp peanuts, chopped
  • 2 shallots, thinly sliced
  • 1 head Chinese leaf cabbage (washed)
  • 225g carrots, grated
  • 6 spring onions, washed & shredded
  • 4 tbsp chopped fresh mint (washed)
  • 1 small bunch fresh coriander (washed)
  • For the dressing
  • 2 red chillies, deseeded and chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 2 tbsp cane sugar
  • 1 tbsp rice vinegar
  • Juice of 1 large or 2 small limes
  • 1 tbsp fish sauce
  • 3 tbsp vegetable oil





Put the dressing ingredients in a bowl and whisk well. Set aside.


For the salad, heat the oil in a small pan and fry the peanuts for 1-2 minutes until golden. Remove from the pan and drain on kitchen paper. Set aside.


Add the shallots to the oil and fry for 3-4 minutes until golden and crisp. Drain on kitchen paper and set aside.


Tear the Chinese leaf into pieces and put in a large bowl. Add the carrot, spring onions and mint. Toss well. Spoon on to a large platter. Drizzle with the dressing and toss.


Top with the coriander, peanuts and shallots and a crank of salt.


Note if you are vegetarian or vegan, please change the Fish sauce for Chinese Mushroom sauce for The same amazing outcome.


Equiptment, chopping board, knife, frying pan, sink, Collender, Kitchen paper, Box Grater, spoon, bowl, whisk.

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