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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 (I don't love raw onions or shallots so I went very light here)

My Handsome husband enjoying a Vietnamese coffee in Hoi An, Vietnam