Vietnamese Salad

I know it is hard to get too excited about a bowl of greens but trust me, this is a SEXY SALAD!  It brings me right back to basking in the hot sun on a lazy day on my  honeymoon in Vietnam!

The combination of sweet, salty and spicy flavors combined with fresh herbs and crunchy veggies make this salad a divine treat.

I got this recipe from Gwyneth Paltrow on, one of my favorite websites.  Click here for a cute video of Gwyneth preparing this awesome salad!  Or read below for recipe.




For the Salad:

  • 4 large bok choy leaves, rough bottoms discarded, stems cut into ¼” bias and leaves shredded
  • 4 big leaves Napa cabbage, shredded
  • 1 bunch watercress (discard thick stems), roughly chopped
  • 1 large carrot, peeled and cut into matchsticks
  • the leaves from about 8 stems each basil, mint, cilantro, roughly chopped
  • ½ small cucumber, thinly sliced on the bias
  • 1 red Thai chili, thinly sliced  (I could only find a green thai chili, but it worked great)
  • ½ cup roasted, salted peanuts, roughly chopped
For the dressing:

  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons soy sauce
  • ¼ cup fish sauce
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon hot pepper sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons agave nectar
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon minced ginger
  • 2 tablespoons finely diced red onion or shallot

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Lisa Cohen

Nutritionist & Personal Fitness Coach
Lisa Cohen, MS CN, is a Certified Nutritionist and Exercise Physiologist with a Masters Degree in Nutritional Science from American Health Sciences University. Lisa has been providing health coaching and nutritional counseling for 15 years and has helped her clients to dramatically improve the quality of their lives through the variety of health and fitness programs that she offers. read more »

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