Vietnamese Style Shrimp Salad

This Vietnamese Style Shrimp Salad takes its inspiration from a Bahn Mi sandwich. While it has all the flavor of this famous street food, what is lacking is the bread or “bahn”.  This colorful, crisp salad topped with spicy shrimp and crunchy peanuts is the perfect remedy for those of us who feel like we have over indulged lately.

Asian Shrimp Salad Inspired By A Vietnamese Bahn Mi Sandwich

Vietnamese Shrimp Salad Inspired By The Famous Bahn Mi Sandwich

I believe you will enjoy this Vietnamese style salad. The flavors are toned down from what you would get if you visited this interesting country but if you would like a more pronounced flavor, this is certainly a recipe that you can make your own. If you don’t want the shrimp to be dressed in the sriracha mayo, make extra salad dressing, adding a little sriracha for spice, and toss whole the salad in it. Want extra veggies…cucumbers, radishes, etc. can be added. If you don’t care for cilantro, substitute basil or mint. Serve this dish along with toasted sesame rice crackers or fried shrimp crisps and you have a tasty lunch or light dinner.

Vietnamese Style Shrimp Salad 

Recipe serves 2, adjust accordingly


  • 3/4 lb. small shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 3 Tbsp. mayonnaise
  • 1 – 2 tsp. sriracha or to taste
  • 1/2 tsp. fresh lemon juice or to taste
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 scallion, sliced thin
  • 2 Tbsp. chopped cilantro


  • 4 Tbsp. rice wine vinegar
  • 2 tsp. sugar
  • 4 tsp. sesame oil
  • 2 tsp. tamari or soy sauce
  • 2 tsp. grated fresh ginger
  • 1 clove of garlic, grated
  • 1/2 c. carrot, julienned
  • 1 small red bell pepper, sliced thin
  • 1. c. shredded red cabbage
  • 4 c. lettuce of your choice
  • 1/4 c. chopped roasted peanuts, garnish

In a large salad bowl, whisk together the vinegar, sugar, sesame oil, tamari, ginger and garlic. Set aside half of the dressing. To the remaining dressing, add the carrot, bell pepper and cabbage, toss and let stand for 10 to 15 minutes.

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil, add the shrimp and cook until pink and done, about 1 or 2 minutes, depending on size. Drain and place in a bowl of cold water to cool. When cool, drain and pat dry. In a bowl, add the mayonnaise, sriracha, lemon juice, salt and pepper and mix well. Taste and adjust seasonings, if necessary. Add the shrimp, scallions and cilantro and mix well.

When ready to serve, add the lettuce to the bowl with the marinated vegetables and toss well. Taste and add some the reserved dressing, as necessary. Place salad on each plate, top with shrimp and sprinkle with the chopped peanuts.


If you’ve never tried Vietnamese food but enjoy other Asian dishes, my salad or bahn mi sandwich are a good introduction to similar dishes you might encounter during travels to that area of the world.

Bahn Mi Sandwich

Bahn Mi Sandwich

The delicious tastes of sweet, sour, spicy and salty found in Vietnam’s food are flavors that are also found in nearby Laos, Cambodia, Thailand, and China. Many foods were also influenced by the French during their stay in Vietnam. Whether enjoyed at a street side vendor or in a restaurant in Vietnam, many of their famous dishes are easily replicated in your home kitchen. Traditional ingredients from your own market such as lemongrass, ginger, cilantro, basil, mint, fish sauce, soy sauce and chilies all add to flavors that I believe make each of these Vietnamese recipes ones that you will enjoy.

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209 Responses to Vietnamese Style Shrimp Salad

  1. Drooling at the thought of its delicousness ! going to make this very soon ! thank you.

  2. Deb says:

    Karen I enjoy lemongrass, ginger, cilantro, basil, mint, fish sauce (I try not to breathe), soy sauce and chilies and know I would enjoy these Vietnamese recipes. Thanks for the inspiration.

  3. What a delicious salad, Karen, and great you’ve suggested ways to change a bit to suit different preferences.

  4. Maureen | Orgasmic Chef says:

    That salad looks as fresh as any bahn mi sandwich I’ve ever seen. The addition of the peanuts must add a delightful crunch.

    • Karen says:

      I appreciate your nice compliment, Maureen. I do believe the nuts add to both the flavor and texture of the salad, I’m glad you like the idea.

  5. Ingrid says:

    This sounds delicious. I just made some sriracha mayo last week and loved it. Thanks – I know what’s for dinner tonight ☺

  6. This is one I must make soon. Love and need the no-bread idea. As always, thanks for sharing Karen.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Lea Ann, I’m glad to hear that you like and want to make the salad. I hope you will enjoy it as much as my husband and I did. Thank you for the nice compliment.

  7. That’s perfect! Exactly the way we would be more likely to enjoy it, or wrapped in lettuce leaf. This looks wonderful. 🙂

  8. This salad looks so refreshing and delicious! It is perfect for this time of year, when I feel I have overindulged in heavy foods. Thank you for the inspiration!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Jenny, I’m happy to know that I’ve given you inspiration for a dish that is delicious but still healthy for those of us who may have overindulged during the holidays. Thank you for your lovely compliment.

  9. Mad Dog says:

    I love bahn mi so I’m sure the salad tastes great 🙂

  10. What a beautiful salad. I don’t often cook with Vietnamese ingredients, but this dish definitely looks like one I can make at home.

    • Karen says:

      Thank you for your compliment, Jovina. What is nice about this salad is that many of the ingredients can also be used in lots of other Asian style dishes. 🙂

  11. I am not exactly a mayo fan, but in this case I will definitely enjoy it! This looks so GOOD, Karen.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Angie, I don’t make a lot of mayo based dishes but it does work well in this salad. Of course the dressing for the greens could also be tossed with the shrimp for a lighter salad. Thank you for your nice compliment.

  12. Penny says:

    Great idea Karen. I know I would love this. I wish we had a Vietnamese restaurant near us.

    • Karen says:

      Thank you for your nice compliment Penny. I’m with you about wishing we had a Vietnamese restaurant in our area but since we don’t, I’m trying new dishes at home.

  13. I have heard Vietnamese food is delicious, but I’ve jever had the chance to try it. Your salad definitely looks mouthwatering, but I fear some of the ingredients might be difficult to get hold of here. Enjoy! 👍

  14. Shrimp is any form is a favorite! This tasty recipe is an inspired way to salad for dinner!

  15. This looks like a wonderful shrimp salad, Karen, so flavors that I love! We have a local restaurant that serves the Bahn Mi sandwich but I have yet to try it. Next time I’m there, I will!

    • Karen says:

      Thank you for your nice compliment Susan. Do try a bahn mi when you get a chance, there are many different and flavorful versions that I’m sure you will enjoy.

  16. I think this is a salad even my husband would like and it looks delicious to me. I will make it as soon as I’m home again.

  17. I adore all Vietnamese foods and especially a bahn mi! Trying your salad recipe very soon!

  18. A_Boleyn says:

    I’m very fussy about my salads and only eat 2 basic types … romaine and coleslaw. This version looks great … colourful, crunchy and tasty. The shrimp reminds me of bang bang shrimp with the creamy spiciness.

  19. Gary Lum says:

    That salad looks so colourful Karen. I bet it tastes amazing. I think though, I’d still be keen to have some head cheese in there.

    • Karen says:

      Thank you for your nice compliment Gary. Go right ahead and add head cheese to it…the options are many with what you could add this salad. 😀

  20. Such a delicious and fresh looking salad! 🙂

  21. The salad looks beautiful Karen– and I especially would love to have that bahn mi sandwich on my table right now! (We have a favorite Bahn Mi place up in San Francisco–I like to sit at the counter and watch them make all the dishes…). fun post Karen!! xox

    • Karen says:

      Thank you Rhonda, I’m happy that you enjoyed the post and salad recipe. You are lucky to have a bahn mi shop near you…San Francisco has wonderful food. 🙂

  22. kitchenriffs says:

    Great idea to deconstruct the sandwich! You save a few calories and carbs that way — something most of us can stand to avoid. Or at least I can! This looks great — so flavorful. Thanks!

    • Karen says:

      Hi John, Yes we are trying to undo the effects of holiday eating in our house. Taking the ingredients in a bahn mi and turning them into a salad ended up making for a nice meal. Thank you for your compliment, I’m glad you liked my idea.

  23. Dawn says:

    Mmmmm! This looks and sounds so yummy, Karen. I’m looking forward to tasting all of these flavors in a salad. Thank you so much, Karen! ♡

  24. I love Vietnamese food, Karen! I also love this Bahn Mi version without the Bahn. I could definitely cut down on the carbs this time of year.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Kathryn, Leaving out the bahn part certainly did cut down on the carbs but really didn’t change the flavors…I’m glad you like the idea.

  25. savourytable says:

    This looks delicious! I can’t wait to give it a try very soon.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Karen, I do hope you will enjoy the salad, thank you for your nice compliment. Miss seeing you on your blog but do understand. Take care of yourself.

  26. cheri says:

    Hi Karen, Vietnamese is my favorite food and I love how you incorporated the Bahn Mi into a beautiful and flavorful salad. Happy 2017.

  27. I’ve never tried it, but if it is half as good as it looks, I’m sure it was delicious. 🙂 You do make me aspire to be a better cook.

    • Karen says:

      I so appreciate your kind words Judy, they are very much appreciated. I’m sure you are a good cook but I think we can all use some inspiration sometimes. 😀

  28. Eha says:

    I love Vietnamese food which to me is the most sophisticated of SE Asian cuisines. Exciting, vibrant, elegant! Vietnamese prawn salad is one everyone makes here: it is a delight! Have not used it for a French-style banh mi roll, but rice vermicelli is always part of it locally. Since I do not use mayonnaise methinks a classic nuoc cham dressing suffices , , , an alternative to the cabbage are whole cupfuls of herbs: coriander [cilantro], mint and parsley above all . . . huge fun!!!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Eha, I do wish I could visit your area for all the wonderful ethnic foods that are available to you. Absolutely, this salad is easily adapted to individual tastes. Thank you for the suggestions.

  29. Kitty says:

    The shrimp salad looks so fresh and the flavors sounds delectable, Karen. I have a son that lives here with me that loves,loves Sriracha, and this would be perfect for him.
    Also your spaghetti squash with sausage ragu looks wonderful! Even though I bake a lot, I actually do watch my carbs, and have kept my weight down for the past 17 years by doing so.

  30. Jane says:

    This looks very interesting, Karen. Thanks so much…I have to try it. We recently had a Vietnamese restaurant open a few blocks aways and I’m excited to try it.


    • Karen says:

      Hi Jane, I do hope that you will enjoy the salad as much as we did. How nice to have a Vietnamese restaurant within walking distance, own town doesn’t have any.

  31. What a flavorsome salad Karen! I love all the greens and spices you added and of course they match perfectly with the shrimps!

  32. What a scrumptious meal Karen.
    Have a super day.
    🙂 Mandy xo

  33. lifeincharente says:

    That looks very yummy, love anything with seafood. I will be away until March will catch up again then, off to RSA for a bit of sun! Diane

  34. chef mimi says:

    This looks so good – I love all of the elements. Can’t wait to make it!

  35. Tricia Buice says:

    We love Sriracha so this is right up our alley. The salad looks wonderful and all those flavors would wake up the winter blah’s!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Tricia, My husband can’t get enough of sriracha. I hope you enjoy the salad as much as he did if you get a chance to try it. Thank you for your nice compliment.

  36. I went to a demonstration where the chef made this sandwich – quite good. I think I would prefer your salad as it really looks very tasty.

  37. Eva Taylor says:

    Who would have thought a fusion of Vietnamese and French would be so famously delicious (I bet even the French didn’t think of it as they were occupying Vietnam!)! Your take on the traditional sandwich is quite wonderful, we are all trying to cut back. I love Vietnamese lettuce wraps but my hubby sadly doesn’t feel the same way, he thinks it is too fussy and hates to play with his food. So I developed the same into a salad, much the way that you have done. He loves it. Who knew it would be so easy. I’m going to have to give your salad a try, it won’t need much alteration for the diet we are doing right now which makes it perfect!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Eva, Yes…I think a lot of us are trying to cut back anyway we can after the holiday food we all enjoyed. It sounds like our husband’s are similar as his thoughts are the same about lettuce wraps. He really did enjoy this salad, I hope the two of you will as well. 😀

  38. Cocoa & Lavender says:

    Wonderful idea, Karen, converting a sandwich to a salad!

  39. NativeNM says:

    This salad looks so fresh and has so many flavors going on! I would love this salad, YUM!

  40. Thanks for the recipe. Now living in SoCal we have an abundance of choices for Asian food, but your recipe looks like a keeper for this neophyte Asian cook.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Daryl, Oh you are going to love all the easily accessible food ingredients that will now be available to you. I’m glad you like the recipe…thank you.

  41. My Kitchen Stories says:

    Karen this looks delicious. A Banh Mi is something I have almost every week i love them so much. I love the crunchy peanuts too!

  42. Love all the flavors in this salad, Karen – so refreshing and delicious.

  43. Pam says:

    Way to go, Karen! The salad looks incredibly delicious! We have a Vietnamese restaurant nearby, but I’d definitely rather go to the country, esp. after seeing your post. Great flavors and I love bahn mi sandwiches. Thanks for this post!

    • Karen says:

      I appreciate your kind words Pam, they are very much appreciated. I’m happy to know that you enjoyed the post about my Vietnamese salad inspired by a bahn mi. 😀

  44. Juliana says:

    I am loving all the flavors in this Vietnamese inspired shrimp salad…looks fabulous Karen!
    Have a wonderful week 🙂

  45. mjskit says:

    Fabulous salad!!! Love adding seafood, especially shrimp, to make healthy salads. The flavors here are great and cilantro…no problem. Love it!

    • Karen says:

      Thank you for your lovely compliment MJ, it is much appreciated. I’m glad you like the salad as is…I know that you are one of the people that does enjoy cilantro. 🙂

  46. This shrimp salad looks absolutely delicious. I wouldn’t change a thing except maybe double the recipe!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Sandra, Doubling the salad would work nicely. If the dressing was kept separately, it would be nice to enjoy even the next day. Thank you for your nice compliment, it do appreciate it.

  47. This looks wonderful. I have a bottle of sriracha I’ve been neglecting…

    • Karen says:

      Hi Jeff, I do hope you use that bottle of sriracha…it really does add lots of spice and flavor to so many recipes. I’m happy to know you like the salad, thanks.

  48. your photos and the freshness in them are outstanding!

  49. Dang… that looks yummy! I think shrimp is my favorite on a salad! Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  50. Omg we live shrimp and this sounds amazing! Thanks for a great recipe – it’s on our list of things to make!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Anna and Liz, I’m glad you like the looks of the shrimp salad and I hope you enjoy it if you get the opportunity to prepare it. Thank you for your nice compliment.

  51. Sissi says:

    Your beautiful salad reminded me how much I love banh mi and most of all, that I’ve always wanted to make it and never did. I’m sure my baguette stuffed with your salad would taste much better than what I had here from the Vietnamese shop!

  52. restlessjo says:

    My appetite’s not great in the aftermath of flu, Karen, but this sounds simple and delicious. 🙂

    • Karen says:

      Hi Jo, I do hope you are feeling better, the flu really does take a lot out of a person…especially your appreciate. The salad is a simple one to make, I’m glad you like it. Take care. 🙂

  53. Monica says:

    Love this! Great take on the banh mi and the salad looks so bright and delicious!!

  54. Vietnamese food is one of my faves! Can’t get enough. I am sure I would feel the same way about this salad!

  55. I absolutely love the flavors!! What an amazing salad!

  56. This salad is really different in flavor and visual appeal. Nice change of pace.

  57. That’s fantastic looking Bahn Mi. I don’t do much Vietnamese cooking, as my neighbourhood in Winnipeg has a half dozen or more really good Vietnamese restaurants all within walking distance.

    • Karen says:

      Thank you for stopping by for a visit and your lovely compliment, Donald. You are so lucky to have several Vietnamese restaurants within walking distance. We do have even one in our town.

  58. This is great inspiration for this evening. Thanks!

  59. doreen@foxdenrd says:

    I love this kind of food, but rarely make it. It’s funny because I usually have most of the ingredients. In fact, I actually have lemongrass believe it or not in the freezer from some lemongrass plants I had on my deck.

    All the ingredients in this recipe are things that I love, so I know this must be delish!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Doreen, Since you already have most of the ingredients, I do hope you will give this salad a try. I know my husband and I certainly did enjoy it and it is so easy to prepare.

  60. reggiorif says:

    What a colour explosion, I feel energised just by looking at it! I just had a Thai lunch, so it’s easy to imagine how wonderful this salad must taste 🙂

  61. This looks so good, I love Vietnamese food so this recipe is just perfect for my tastes!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Fida, I’m glad that you like Vietnamese food and do hope you will enjoy the recipe if you get a chance to prepare it. Thank you for your compliment.

  62. viktoryarch says:

    Thank you for sharing! I love all shrimps, and this looks yammy.

  63. Aathis is such a good idea! I love the flavors and I love the sandwich so I know I would love this too. GREG

  64. What an ingenious idea, Karen! I love a good Bahn Mi sandwich, so it just stands to reason that I would be all about this salad. I love a good salad in the winter, too! This one definitely needs to end up on our list soon…I know Laura would be a huge fan of it! 🙂

    • Karen says:

      I appreciate your very nice compliment, David. I’m happy you like my salad idea. I do hope you both enjoy it if you get a chance to make it.

  65. Love the flavors in this dish! I would definitely toss the shrimp in the dressing to make this a bit lighter. Maybe a little sriracha on the side though. I can never resist sriracha!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Laura, Yes…adding a little sriracha to the dressing and using it for the shrimp as well as the greens will definitely work. I’m glad you like the salad and appreciate your nice compliment.

  66. I Wilkerson says:

    Count me in as someone who has overindulged lately! I sure wouldn’t feel deprived “making up” by eating this!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Inger, I think there are a lot of us who overindulged during the holidays. This salad is filling and has lots of flavor so I don’t think you will feel deprived at all. I’m glad you like the recipe.

  67. ciaochowlinda says:

    These are flavors I never cook with, but you have me longing to try.

  68. We adore Vietnamese food and this looks like a really interesting recipe Karen! I love the freshness of Vietnamese food and it feels healthy too.

  69. For the Love of Cooking says:

    I am loving the flavors in this recipe~ It looks delicious.

  70. Amira says:

    A great low carb sub. I’ve never eaten Vietnamese, so probably I should start. Love the sriracha mayo dressing. Pinned!

  71. It looks absolutely refreshing and delish.

  72. This salad looks so fresh and delicious!

  73. A favourite Vietnamese food .. and that dressing sounds divine😃

  74. nancyc says:

    This salad looks so fresh and healthy-a great inspiration for eating better in the new year! 🙂

  75. My husband would love this salad. Especially that I’d give him my shrimp too, lol. But I like all the other ingredients 🙂

  76. Mél@nie says:

    total yummy… ❤ we all love Vietnamese food… 🙂

  77. markushanke says:

    Very nice 😋 Thanks for posting this !

  78. Karen, this shrimp salad looks delicious…thanks for sharing the recipe!

  79. Karen, what a wonderful combination of tastes and textures! And I do love cilantro. I have a natural tendency to make a sandwich out of everything because I love bread so much, but I’m trying to cut back a bit on my bread intake.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Jean, You sound like my husband when it comes to bread but he didn’t miss it at all when we had this salad. I’m glad you like the recipe, thank you.

  80. krishna says:

    This is so, so, so, so yummy!!!

  81. Sheryl says:

    mmm. . . This salad looks wonderful It is so colorful and sounds delicious.

  82. Barbara says:

    Wonderful photos, Karen. They are making my mouth water. That salad looks wonderful…so fresh and tangy.

  83. oh wow karen. this looks so delicious and healthy. Yum!

  84. Karen you must be on the same page as me. Lately I have really been trying to incorporate “Asian” into our diet. Lot’s of veggies, just enough protein and loaded with flavor!! This sounds and LOOKS amazing! ♥

  85. Amy Tong says:

    Your Vietnamese Style Shrimp Salad looks delicious and refreshing! What a great dish to enjoy! 🙂 Thanks for always sharing your yummy recipes.

  86. Hi Karen – what a great recipe. I don’t have any Vietnamese dishes in my repertoire and can’t wait to try this one. Glad it’s a little toned down, so I can start slow. LOL. Looks delicious. My new sister-in-law is Cambodian, so I’m learning some great Asian cooking tips from her. Have a great week!!!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Allie, I do hope you will enjoy my Vietnamese shrimp salad. Once you have the ingredients, I think you will be wanting to try other recipes. Thank you for your nice compliment.

  87. adina says:

    My kind of salad, I love shrimps with a passion and what beautiful vibrant colors.

  88. I am all about these flavors! This looks so delicious! And I actually have many of the ingredients already! Yaaas!!

  89. This sounds delicious – would make a great lunch to take to work!

  90. This looks delicious, Karen! Love the gorgeous, colorful photos! So enticing!

  91. Velva says:

    Karen, this looks really good. I really enjoy Vietnamese cuisine. The salad is fresh with a great sauce for the shrimp. Very nice!

  92. staceygreenside says:

    omg that looks good!!

  93. framedcooks says:

    I love all things shrimp – this looks exotically delicious!!

  94. Anu-My Ginger Garlic Kitchen says:

    What a delicious and vibrant looking salad. Love mayo, so I can tell I will love this.

  95. grace says:

    the colors in this simply can’t be bettered! i think it’s great fun to turn a sandwich into a salad, and the banh mi is the perfect specimen. 🙂

  96. Oh gosh, I’m on the same page today with slow cooker pho ~ wish we could have lunch together!

  97. Karen says:

    Hi Sue, Wouldn’t that be fun…it is a shame we are on different coasts. The nice thing is that tastes can’t separate us. 😀

  98. Miriam @londonkitchendiaries says:

    What a beautifully colourful and crisp salad! Love Asian flavours so this is right up my alley!

  99. staceygreenside says:

    this is awesome! looks very tempting….

  100. I love the flavors of a bahn mi sandwich, but often they have more bread than I want. You’ll laugh, but when I make them at home it’s as a collard green wrap with a slice of bread in the middle. 😉 I love the idea of re-imagining it as a salad!

  101. bah! it gets me every time – banh not bahn 🙂

  102. Gorgeous and I would not miss the bread – at least until you mentioned it!! 🙂 The Vietnamese Bread I’ve had has been absolutely wonderful!

  103. chefkreso says:

    You have amazing photos, just looking at them makes me so hungry, very tasty recipe!

  104. Look yummy, hah? you just simply change shrimp to tuna or sliced jellyfish to make similar salads

  105. I hope to give this recipe a try soon – it looks so fresh, wholesome and tasty!

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