Vietnamese Cold Noodle Salad with Shrimp

We’ll see your three radishes and raise you five prawns (shrimp) if you don’t believe the Vietnamese Noodle Salad will be Gold Standard worthy. In simple words, try it – you’ll like it. It’s so cool and crunchy, you’ll want to crawl into the bowl.

Watch How to Make The Vietnamese Cold Noodle Salad:

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Summer and salad go together like Yin and Yang. However, hubby and kids (if you have some) will soon tire of the same ole, same ole, lettuce, tomato, carrot, salad, with grilled chicken on top.

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So, if you’re a savvy mom, who is looking for different salads, look no further than Viet Nam. Because the weather is generally steamy there, Vietnamese cooks maintain a healthy repertoire of salad ideas.

Vietnamese Noodle salad

We chose this lovely noodle salad recipe, which is one of Viet Nam’s best heat-buster meals. Note that fish sauce is commonly used as a flavor enhancer in Asian recipes. It doesn’t always please Western palates; try substituting Worcestershire sauce.

Vietnamese Noodle Salad

However, if you haven’t tasted fish sauce, you may be surprised. In combination with other ingredients, you won’t notice that ‘fishy’ taste.

Vietnamese Cold Noodle Salad calls for Vermicelli noodles made from rice flour. You may not be familiar with these thin noodles, which are an Asian staple. But, you’ll crush on the ease of preparation. Just soak the noodles in hot water about five minutes and drain.

But since I bought pre-made Vietnamese cold noodles, the instruction is to put them in hot water for a minute and you’re done.

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If you’re having guests, prepare extra noodles (helps fill up their bowls).

The recipe uses iceberg lettuce, which isn’t the most nutritious green veggie on the planet. But, if your family is a fan of iceberg, add valuable nutrients by using ½ iceberg and ½ Romaine, red leaf or butterhead lettuce. Otherwise, omit iceberg and substitute your favorite.

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Your finished Vietnamese Noodle Salad displays a bright color palette and contains a yum-yum flavor profile everyone will rave about. Set up a pretty buffet presentation and you’ll have more freedom to enjoy your guests.

Think white. Plate the salad on a large, square white platter. Layer the plate with lettuce. Pile the noodles in middle and put shrimp on top. Nestle the veggies around the edges of platter. Put dressing on the side. Invite your guests to prepare their own salad, in individual bowls.

Such fun!

Vietnamese Noodle salad

Vietnamese Cold Noodle Salad with Shrimp

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Recipe by: Calleigh |
Category: lunch, dinner
Cuisine: Vietnamese
Vietnamese Noodle salad


218.39 kcal
    Shrimp Seasoning
  1. 12 medium shrimp
  2. 1 tbsp olive oil
  3. 2 garlic cloves, minced
  4. Pinch of salt and pepper
    Cold Salad Dressing
  1. ¼ cup lime juice
  2. ¼ cup Asian fish sauce
  3. 2 tbsp rice vinegar
  4. 1 tbsp sugar
  5. 1 large garlic clove (chopped)
  6. 1 tbsp sweet chili sauce
  7. 1 tsp bird's eye red chili (finely chopped)
    Noodle Bowl
  1. 2.5 oz rice vermicelli noodles
  2. 3 cups shredded iceberg lettuce
  3. 1 cup carrot, cut into fine matchsticks or spiraled
  4. 1½ cups cucumber, cut into matchsticks or spiraled
  5. 1½ cups beansprouts
  6. ¼ cup coriander leaves
  7. ¼ cup mint leaves


    Season the Shrimp
  1. Combine the Shrimp seasoning in bowl and set aside.
  2. Combine the Cold Salad Dressing ingredients in another bowl, mix and set aside for 10 minutes.
  3. Heat a skillet over high heat. Add some butter, then put the shrimp. Cook for 2 minutes, or until browned and the shrimp is just cooked through.
    Prepare the Noodle Bowl
  1. Prepare the noodles according to the packet directions. I par boiled them in hot water for a minute, this ensures they don't overcook. Then drain the noodles.
  2. Arrange the noodles and remaining Salad ingredients on a large plate or toss together in a bowl. Top with shrimp or your favorite beef bbq.
  3. Drizzle over the Dressing, or you can serve the Dressing on the side.
  4. Garnish with crushed peanuts (optional). Serve immediately.

Nutrition Facts

Vietnamese Cold Noodle Salad with Shrimp


Amount Per Serving
Calories 218.39 kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 5.23 g 8%
Saturated Fat 0.79 g 4%
Trans Fat 0.0 g
Cholesterol 30.24 mg 10.1%
Sodium 2076.95 mg 86.5%
Total Carbohydrate 35.87 g 12%
Dietary Fiber 3.38 g 13.5%
Sugars 9.74 g
Protein 7.85 g
Vitamin A Vitamin C
Calcium Iron

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

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37 thoughts on “Vietnamese Cold Noodle Salad with Shrimp”

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  2. This looks awesome!I love shrimps and this recipe is so yummy, I ‘ll have to try it for my next dinner party.

  3. Oh yum, I love Vietnamese food especially Pho and their salads. It’s so fresh with mint leaves. Hope I can find all the ingredients to try this!

  4. You know I have never tried vietnamese food, but this makes me want to! It looks so pretty with all the colors.

  5. We have a neighbor who is from Vietnam and the food she makes is incredible! I’d love to give these noodles a try. My husband just bought a new grill and I bet I could talk him into grilling us some shrimp. Colorful, healthy, and delicious is my kind of meal! x

  6. I love Vietnamese food and I have actually created a similar salad when I joined a cooking school while traveling in Hoi An. The fresh ingredients make it so healthy and the added shrimp contribute to its yummy-ness.

  7. Sue Tanya McHorgh

    This looks heavenly. I love shrimp and noodles combined! I can just imagine how delicious it is.

  8. Hunter S. Jones

    This looks so yummy & savory! I believe I’ll make it one night this week. Thanks for sharing~

  9. The salad looks so refreshing and pleasing to eye . Have tried few vitenemese dishes and you are right about the fish sauce. I really don’t like the fishy flavor.

  10. Love the video! I’ve never tried any Vietnamese food before but this looks absolutely delicious. I love how you layered the spiralised veggies, and the sauce sounds very tasty.

  11. I love the way all the flavours are so wonderfully balanced in Vietnamese salads! And the textures as well. I love your recipe, it looks really delicious.

  12. These look to die for! I love salad, love that it’s healthy! Thanks, I will definitely add this to my dinner menu!

  13. You are right, summer and salad do go together but I’ve always been anti salads even as a vegan now people think that that’s all I eat! Lol if they only knew how much I try to avoid and I try to avoid salads! but I’ve been opening myself up to it more. I would definitely try to find a way to veganize this version of a salad and give it a go …beautiful photography

  14. My family loves a good tasty Vietnamese food. This looks so good. I’m going to try making this. We’re seafood lovers and noodle salad is just what we need. Thanks for the yummy recipe!

  15. This looks heavenly. And it’s only breakfast time and now you have me thinking about dinner already! Yum!

  16. I love vietnamese food. This seems like a great recipe to beat these HOT summers. And so easy to do too. Thanks for the detailed post.

  17. I love a veggie packed noodle salad and the flavours in this sound amazing. I’m hungry now!

  18. That looks like such a nice pasta salad. Love the spiraled carrots too. it all looks so pretty.

  19. Oh my goodness, I love love love this, I had this salad in my favorite Vietnamese restaurant just a couple of days ago… so good

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