Vietnamese chicken salad (known as goi ga) made with shredded chicken and nuoc cham dressing is a fresh, tangy salad full of flavor, color, and texture.
- 4 cups green cabbage, shredded
- 2 mini Persian cucumbers, shredded or julienned
- 1 medium carrot, shredded or julienned
- 1/2 small red onion, thinly sliced
- 1/2 medium red bell pepper, thinly sliced
- 2 cooked chicken breasts*, shredded (see shredded chicken recipe)
- 1/2 cup fresh cilantro, finely chopped
- 2 tablespoons peanuts, crushed
For the dressing:
- 2 tablespoons rice vinegar (or white vinegar)
- 1/4 cup fish sauce
- 2 tablespoons lime juice (juice from 1 lime)
- 1 tablespoon sesame oil
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 2 teaspoons garlic, minced
- 1/2 teaspoon white pepper (optional)
- 1/2 teaspoon crushed pepper or Thai red chili (or to taste)
- Use a box grater to shred the cabbage, cucumbers, and carrot. You can also julienne them using a knife. Slice the red onion and bell peppers into thin strips. Transfer to a large mixing bowl or serving dish. Add the shredded chicken and cilantro.
- In a medium mixing bowl, make the dressing by stirring together the vinegar, fish sauce, lime juice, sesame oil, sugar, garlic, white pepper (if using), and crushed pepper until smooth.
- Pour the dressing over the salad and toss well to coat evenly.
- Top with crushed peanuts and serve immediately.
*Shredded chicken: See our shredded chicken recipe for 3 different ways to make shredded chicken for this Vietnamese chicken salad recipe. You can also save time by buying a whole rotisserie chicken and shredding it — whatever is convenient for you!
Make ahead instructions: Prepare the salad ingredients and dressing separately and store in separate airtight containers in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days. Toss together when ready to serve.
How to store: With the nuoc cham dressing, this Vietnamese chicken salad will last for 1-2 days in the fridge in an airtight container. If undressed, it will last a little longer for 3-4 days.
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Category: Salad
- Method: Tossed
- Cuisine: Vietnamese
Keywords: vietnamese chicken salad, chicken salad with vietnamese sauce, asian chicken salad