Vietnamese Rice Noodle Salad

On really hot summer nights, I love having a delicious cold salad for dinner instead of a hot and heavy meal. It's also good to not have to slave away in the kitchen and sweat even more from cooking using the hot stove. This recipe is an excellent Asian salad dish that is refreshing, light yet fulfilling. The flavours pack a good punch too. I always tend to make extra sauce and a huge batch each time I make this salad - as it stores well in the fridge for lunch the next day. I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I always do!

1 packet (250g) rice noodles
1 small packet of Coleslaw Mix
4-5 large Limes, juice freshly squeezed
1/2 Jalapeno Pepper, seeded and sliced thinly
5 cloves of garlic
1 cup fresh bean shoots
1/2 cucumber, thinly sliced
1/2 cup loosely chopped fresh mint
1 cup loosely chopped fresh coriander
1 cup crushed peanuts
5 tbsp white sugar
5 tbsp fish sauce
Extra mint leaves for garnish

Using a pestle and mortar, pound the garlic with coriander and jalapeno peppers. Transfer the mixture into a bowl, add the lime juice, fish sauce and sugar, stir well. Leave the sauce to sit for 10 minutes.

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the rice noodles, boil for 2 minutes, then drain well. Rinse the noodles with cold water then drain well again.

Combine the noodles, coleslaw mix, bean shoots, cucumber, mint, and sauce in a large salad bowl. Toss well and serve salad garnished with crushed peanuts and mint leaves.


  1. hi madam

    i love following your blog as i will be going to NZ soon to join my malaysian husband there.

    just would like to know if you cook with a gas stove or an electric one.

    being used to gas stoves, i am a little apprehensive about electrical ones.

    kindly give your take on the matter.

    thank you

    1. Hi Lydia,

      Fortunately I'm now using a gas stove which is great! My old house had an electric stove top and yes, it's just not as good as gas!

  2. Thanks for the recipe. :) This looks rather delicious. Planning to prepare this for my sister.

  3. Oh my gosh...that sauce alone is worth the recipe. It looks fantastic. The whole salad, however, is amazing. I love the combination of the cucumber with garlic and mint. It sounds so fresh and delicious.

  4. This sounds so lovely and fresh... I'm having the opposite problem right now, in that I actually WANT to have the oven on to make the house feel extra warm and cozy, but I can just imagine how lovely it will be in the summertime. :)

  5. Yum!! So fresh. Just what I'd like right now, thanks :)
    Heidi xo

  6. This is wonderful! I love South East Asian tastes! So refreshing yet satisfying!

  7. This looks delicious! :) My boss and a coworker are Vietnamese and always get me the best foods - today for lab lunch, we'll go to a Vietnamese restaurant, too.
    Gorgeous recipe, congrats on Top 9!

  8. I love this recipe. Delicate and refreshing flavors! Thanks!

  9. I wish I could pin your beautiful salad. It would definitely draw traffic to your gorgeous pictures and wonderful sounding recipes.

  10. Oh yum, very refreshing I'll bet. I love Vietnamese salads.

  11. This salad was pretty good. Great recipe, really easy to make and doesn't take too long. Light refreshing salad.

  12. Ohhh, I like how all the ingredients can be bought from Coles. I LOVE Coles haha. Anyway, great recipe. Lovin the flavour profiles you've got going on. Thanks, Kim! =)

  13. Interesting salad. You always amaze me with your work, very impressive.
    its perfect for this hot season.

  14. Awesome noodle salad.Its healthy.