Vietnamese Summer Roll Salad from Closet Cooking

A salad inspired by the ingredients of Vietnamese summer rolls with shrimp and rice noodles along with plenty of vegetable and herbs in a peanut or nuoc cham dressing.

Servings: 4

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
  • 8 ounces vermicelli rice noodles, cooked as directed on package
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 2 shallots, thinly sliced
  • 8 ounces shrimp, shelled and deviened
  • 2 cups lettuce, torn
  • 1 cup cucumber, sliced
  • 1 cup carrot, julienned
  • 1 cup bean sprouts
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • 2 green onions, sliced
  • 1/4 cup basil, torn
  • 1/4 cup cilantro, torn
  • 1/4 cup mint, torn
  • 1/4 cup peanuts, toasted and coarsely chopped
  • 2 birds eye chilies, sliced
  • 1/4 cup peanut dressing or nuoc cham
  1. Heat the oil in a pan over medium-high heat, add the shallot and cook until lightly golden brown, about 3-5 minutes, and set aside.
  2. Add the shrimp and cook until pink, about 1-2 minutes per side, and set aside.
  3. Assemble the salad, toss in dressing and enjoy.

Vietnamese Peanut and Hoisin Sauce/Dressing

A sweet, sour and garlicky peanut and hoisin dipping sauce.

Servings: 1/4 cup

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
  • 1 teaspoon oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter
  • 2 tablespoons hoisin sauce
  • 1/2 cup water*
  • 1 teaspoon fish sauce
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice (~ 1 lime)
  • 1 birds eye chili, sliced (or 1 teaspoon chili sauce)
  1. Heat the oil in a pan over medium heat, add the garlic and saute until fragrant.
  2. Add the peanut butter, hoisin sauce, water, fish sauce, lime juice and chili and simmer until it thickens a bit, about 5 minutes.

*For a thicker dipping sauce rather than a dressing only use 1/4 cup water.

Note: This sauce can come much darker depending on the ratio of peanut butter to hoisin sauce. I prefer the peanut butter to be the dominant flavour but you can experiment with the amounts to get it just the way you like it.