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Vietnamese Summer Roll Salad with Spicy Peanut Dressing

Vietnamese Summer Roll Salad with Spicy Peanut Sauce - A delicious fresh salad that is full of flavour. Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Refined Sugar Free.

Vietnamese Summer Roll salad with Spicy Peanut Dressing – This refreshing gluten free Asian salad is a sensation for the taste buds and perfect for a light evening meal or lunch with friends.

This salad is inspired by the traditional Vietnamese Summer Rolls but is a deconstructed option that is easier to throw together – you still get the amazing flavour without having to do the time consuming rolling! And of course it’s gluten free and dairy free πŸ™‚

Our summer has been somewhat questionable here in NZ with a fair amount of rain and wind this year in not so sunny Auckland, but as we spent a good chunk of our winter in Vietnam I guess I can’t complain!

We spent two months in Vietnam last year and the food was amazing, often simple but the abundance of fresh herbs used such as Vietnamese mint, Thai basil and coriander really brought the food alive. Each meal is easily made adaptable to individual tastes by being able to serve yourself as much fresh herbs or chili as you like – or don’t like!

Summer rolls were one my favourite go to staples on our trip and were always slightly different depending on what county of Vietnam you were visiting.

The great thing about Vietnamese food – including this salad – is that it doesn’t leave you feeling stuffed! After eating a meal you feel satisfied and nicely refreshed.

A delicious easy Vietnamese salad inspired by the Vietnamese summer rolls that is fresh and fragrant. Gluten Free, Dairy Free & Refined Sugar Free.

Vietnamese Summer Roll Salad with Spicy Peanut Sauce - A delicious fresh salad that is full of flavour. Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Refined Sugar Free.Ordering food for our toddler in Vietnam could be a little challenging at times, but we were very lucky that he grew to absolutely love rice noodles! And why not they can be quite fun for a little guy! He still can’t get enough of rice noodles, so when I made this salad the other day he was happily stuffing his face with it.

When I make my little toddler’s salad portion I omit the fresh chilies and go a bit easier on the herbs. Then I will either make another peanut sauce for him without the chilies or if that’s too much effort then he has the salad sans sauce but just with a splash of lime juice.

A delicious vietnamese salad with prawns, mango and a spicy peanut dressing. Gluten free, dairy free and refined sugar free.I have used an organic whole peanut butter to make the spicy peanut dressing, this will give the sauce a darker colour than the standard peanut butter you can buy at the supermarket. I have also omitted Hoisin sauce which is traditionally in the peanut dipping sauce’s in Vietnam but often contains sugar and additives.

 

Love Food Nourish Nutrition Info at a glance:

  • Coriander leaves or cilantro are a good source of Vitamin K which is important for healthy bones and blood clotting, coriander is also thought to help protect against some heavy metals such as mercury. Research has shown that coriander leaves (cilantro) contains an antibacterial compound called dodecenal which is thought to protect against food borne illness such as Salmonella.
  • Mint is calming and soothing to the digestive system, it also helps to stimulate bile flow which can help with the digestion of food, mint also has anti inflammatory properties.
  • Mango is a excellent source of vitamin A, the antioxidant that supports healthy eyesight, skin and a healthy immune system.
  • Chilies can help support a healthy metabolism, all that heat you taste requires energy production! Chilies can increase thermogenesis (heat production)Β  in the body which can help with weight loss, clear congestion and support a healthy immune and circulatory system.

This recipe was inspired a) By our trip to Vietnam and b) by Steph in Thyme who has a vegetarian summer roll salad on her blog. Stephanie has lot’s of great gluten free vegetarian and vegan recipes.

Serves 4

Vietnamese Summer Roll Salad with Spicy Peanut Sauce

A gluten free Vietnamese prawn and mango salad that is refreshing and full of flavour with a spicy peanut dressing.

20 minPrep Time

10 minCook Time

30 minTotal Time

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5 based on 5 review(s)

Ingredients

    Salad
  • 200gm/7oz vermicelli rice noodles
  • 400gm/14oz Prawns (shrimp) shelled, deveined and rinsed
  • 1 Tbspn coconut oil
  • 3 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 2 carrot's, peeled into ribbons with a vegetable peeler
  • 1 cup mango, chopped into matchsticks
  • 1 cup cucumber, chopped into matchsticks
  • 1 cup bean sprouts
  • 1/2 cup mint leaves (ordinary or Vietnamese)
  • 1/2 cup coriander(cilantro) leaves
  • 1/2 cup thai basil leaves
  • 2 medium sized birds eye chilies *Optional, omit for children
  • Spicy Peanut Dressing
  • 1 tspn coconut oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter* I used Chantal Organics Whole Peanut Butter
  • 1 lime, juice of
  • 1.5 Tbspn tamari or soy sauce* See note below
  • 2 tsp fish sauce
  • 1 tsp coconut sugar or honey
  • 1 tsp finely chopped chili* Optional, omit for children
  • To serve
  • 1/2 cup roasted peanuts, roughly chopped
  • 4 lime wedges
  • Fish sauce added to taste.

Instructions

    Salad
  1. Prepare the vermicelli noodles as per the instructions on the packet, then rinse and drain the noodles.
  2. Melt coconut oil in a skillet or fry pan, saute the crushed garlic on a medium heat for 1-2 minutes. Turn the heat up high and then then add the prawns(shrimp) to the pan and cook for 2-3 minutes until the prawns are just cooked through. Remove and set aside.
  3. Arrange the noodles, prawns and rest of the ingredients to make a salad or toss together in a bowl.
  4. Spicy Peanut Dressing
  5. Melt the coconut oil in a skillet or fry pan, saute the crushed garlic for 1-2 minutes.
  6. Add the rest of the ingredients for the dressing, stirring occasionally until the sauce thickens. This should take about 5 minutes. Add more water to make consistency thinner if desired.
  7. To serve
  8. To serve squeeze the juice of a lime wedge over each individual portion of salad, pour over the peanut dressing and top with the chopped peanuts. Add more fish sauce to taste if desired.

Notes

I used organic whole peanut butter which gives the spicy peanut dressing a darker colour than standard peanut butter. Soy sauce can be used instead of tamari if you are not gluten free.

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14 Comments

  • Reply
    Nicole
    April 5, 2017 at 10:21 am This recipe is right up my alley!! Sometimes the spring roll wrappers are just too much to deal with, I love that this is a more simple option when you're really craving them!
    • Reply
      Hope Pearce
      April 5, 2017 at 1:01 pm Thank you Nicole! Yes they can be a bit fiddly, simple is always good :)
  • Reply
    Joni Gomes
    July 11, 2017 at 9:18 am What a beautiful dish! Love all of the colors!
    • Reply
      Hope Pearce
      July 11, 2017 at 12:23 pm Thanks Joni! :)
  • Reply
    linda spiker
    July 11, 2017 at 10:39 am That is a beautiful salad!
    • Reply
      Hope Pearce
      July 11, 2017 at 12:24 pm Thank you Linda :)
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    Emily @ Recipes to Nourish
    July 11, 2017 at 11:08 am This is such a great idea! I love that it's all of the ingredients of summer rolls but less fuss. And that spicy peanut dressing sounds so good!
    • Reply
      Hope Pearce
      July 11, 2017 at 12:25 pm Thanks Emily, yes the spicy peanut dressing is so good :)
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    Raia Todd
    July 12, 2017 at 4:14 am That is a gorgeous salad! I love the addition of mango and so many herbs!
    • Reply
      Hope Pearce
      July 13, 2017 at 2:42 pm Thanks Raia! :)
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    Anya
    July 13, 2017 at 1:50 pm Interesting to read about the nutritional benefits of coriander. Not sure why I was surprised since cilantro pretty much does the same thing. Love this tasty salad and that dressing is amazing!!
    • Reply
      Hope Pearce
      July 13, 2017 at 2:48 pm Thanks so much Anya. Actually here in New Zealand we call cilantro coriander or coriander leaves so they are the same thing to us kiwis, but your comment has highlighted that I need to clarify that for U.S readers to avoid confusion, so thanks for pointing that out :)
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    Rachel
    July 16, 2017 at 8:51 am This looks like a glorious combination. I'm going to try it with rice noodles for a lower-carb option. :)
    • Reply
      Hope Pearce
      July 19, 2017 at 5:14 pm Thanks Rachel! This salad does have rice noodles, but if you find a lower carb option I would love to hear how you get on :)

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