Detoxing with Vietnamese Chicken Salad

October 14, 2011

It’s been a week but I’m still feeling the slight effects of birthday gluttony. In a nutshell I had an amazing lunch at Universal in which that epic ‘Gaytime Goes Nuts’ dessert did everything that I hoped for (i.e. incited a barrage of sexy talk and inappropriate superlatives). Then the rest was a blur of Korean fried chickens, Bourke St Bakery, Ms G’s and everything trashy in between. I swear I couldn’t see my feet when I looked down.

Then there was cake. An extraordinary Chocolate and Pedro Ximenez cake which was an all-my-dirty-fantasies-come-true-OMFG!!! kind of experience. Hands down, it was the best birthday treat I ever had. All the more because it was lovingly made by two amazing ladies Lisa and Steph. I’m so jealous of their baking prowess I could cry.

Oh yeah, and I totally ate the whole thing. Amen.

For a couple of days after that, all I wanted, nay needed to eat was this Vietnamese Chicken Salad. There’s something so beautifully uncomplicated and fresh about Vietnamese food that I adore and this dish is perfect when I’m feeling all blah (and it sure beats chewing on lettuce leaves). I made mine with whatever was in my fridge and poached my chicken instead of grilling it because poaching to me is the perfect lazy option when you’re a bit frazzled.

Thankfully two nights of this was all I needed to cleanse myself and not a moment too soon. It is the weekend again after all.

Vietnamese Chicken Salad
Feel free to adjust the ratio of veges to meat and change up the ingredients/herbs. The chicken can be poached, grilled or barbequed.
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Chicken Marinade
  1. 1 kg of chicken breast, lightly bashed out with a mallet to an even thickness
  2. 2 Tbl fish sauce
  3. 1 Tbl light soy sauce
  4. 1 Tbl of ginger, minced
  5. 3 cloves garlic, minced
  6. 2 Tbl of vegetable oil
  7. 2 tsp white sugar
Dressing
  1. 2/3 cup fish sauce *
  2. 1/3 cup water
  3. 2 Tbl of lime juice
  4. 2 Tbl of sugar
  5. 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  6. 1 tsp ginger, minced
  7. 1-2 birds eye chilli, seeds removed and minced

  8. *Make sure to use a good quality fish sauce which tends to be lighter in colour. The darker one I had was more smelly saltwater than fragrant fish sauce so choose carefully. If your fish sauce is unbearably salty then dilute with water.
Salad
  1. 1/2 head of green cabbage, thinly shredded (approx. 4 cups)
  2. 1 large carrot, peeled and thinly shredded
  3. 1 lebanese cucumber, peeled and thinly shredded
  4. 3 red shallots, peeled and very thinly sliced
  5. Ground roasted peanuts
  6. Fried shallots
  7. Fried garlic
  8. 1 large red chilli, deseeded and sliced thinly
  9. Handful of Vietnamese coriander* or mint

  10. *Also known as polygonum odoratum (there’s a picture of it in this post)
Instructions
  1. In a bowl, combine the chicken with all the marinade ingredients and marinate for at least 30 minutes.
  2. In the meantime, add all the dressing ingredients into a glass jar, chuck the lid on and shake to combine and the sugar has dissolved. Dressing can be stored in the fridge for up to a month.
  3. Poach/grill/barbecue the marinated chicken until cooked then shred the meat along the grain when it has cooled. Add a couple of spoonfuls of dressing to lightly coat the chicken and set aside.
  4. In a large bowl, combine the veges and herbs. Then toss the chicken through and add more dressing to taste. Garnish with fried shallots, fried garlic, roasted peanuts, chilli and extra herbs and serve immediately.
Notes
  1. Recipe adapted from White on Rice Couple.
Citrus and Candy http://www.citrusandcandy.com/

 

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meg_cute October 27, 2012 at 14:21

I just went to Vietnam last month with my mum, my brother, sis in law, her mum and her brother. Even though I’m already back here in the PH, I still crave for Viet foods. The healthiest food I’ve ever tasted. WAPAK! I even made my own Banh Mi and definitely I’ll use this Salad recipe for my birthday celebration.

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hollypop December 7, 2011 at 20:14

i love the plate! such a lovely shape and colour. i’m a bit obsessed with plates at the mo mo. i’d love that salad for dinner. haven’t made it it awhile. yum

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Swallow Conrad December 5, 2011 at 08:15

I was looking for a recipe and came across your site. This site is great! I have already bookmarked you. Thanks for the hard work!
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Christina @ The Hungry Australian October 19, 2011 at 21:38

This looks absolutely stunning. I adore Vietnamese salads and you have got me absolutely craving them. Thank goodness the warmer weather is here so I can indulge my hankering for some fish sauce, chilli + lime all the time!

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Citrus and Candy October 21, 2011 at 15:33

I’m so in love with Viet food now and am itching to learn more :)

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Vivian - vxdollface October 19, 2011 at 14:39

mm that looks so healthy :) salads are great when the weather is hot

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Citrus and Candy October 21, 2011 at 15:33

I def need more salad recipes like this. Normal garden salads are so boring that I always end up adding heaps of stuff like prosciutto lol

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jas October 19, 2011 at 11:34

yummo – making this for dinner tonight methinks!

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Citrus and Candy October 21, 2011 at 15:33

Hi Jas! Hope you enjoy it!

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Martyna@WholesomeCook October 18, 2011 at 11:48

Oh my gosh!!! LOVE LOVE LOVE!!! So clean and simple and deliciuos! Who said detox had to be boring??
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Citrus and Candy October 21, 2011 at 15:36

Hi Martyna, and I’m not totally a vege person so any dish that makes me love veges is def a keeper :)

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catty October 17, 2011 at 17:12

I know what you mean about needing a detox after a heavy eating week. I did that after a recent holiday and ate no sugars for a week. Funny thing is I didn’t feel better I felt like killing myself cos I was so damn hungry lol.
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Citrus and Candy October 21, 2011 at 15:38

Hahaha don’t worry Catty. My detox only lasts for a day or two at the most because then I’d start craving junk food! Then after a day I have to get back into a detox for a day because I didn’t recover enough. It’s a dangerous cycle lol.

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mykitchenstories October 17, 2011 at 11:10

Nice salad and lovely pictures, hope you have recovered
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Citrus and Candy October 21, 2011 at 15:38

Thank you Tania!

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Rita (mademoiselle delicieuse) October 17, 2011 at 11:05

I suspect this will be appearing on my dinner plate or in my lunch container soon – a visit to the GP over the weekend confirmed the amount of weight-gain I had suspectetd!
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Citrus and Candy October 21, 2011 at 15:39

Oh Rita, it’s precisely why I avoid the doctors and the scales. Then again, that’s not a good thing too… :(

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justachef October 17, 2011 at 03:50

That sounds divine after a weekend of excesses! Crunchy, healthy and so so tasty… looks amazing too.

Great photos and I love your style of writing…

Keep up the good work!
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Citrus and Candy October 21, 2011 at 15:40

Thank you so much :D I think I need to build up a selection of salad recipes for days like these :)

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chocolatesuze October 16, 2011 at 03:07

teehee happy birthday! *dances with glee* *throws confetti*

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Citrus and Candy October 21, 2011 at 15:40

hee hee thank you!!! *throws cake*

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Arudhi@Aboxofkitchen October 15, 2011 at 12:01

Oh, this is a whole lovely color combo in a plate! I can totally forget about rice if I have this salad. Thank you for sharing this lovely dish!
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Citrus and Candy October 21, 2011 at 15:40

You’re welcome! :D

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Gareth October 15, 2011 at 08:54

I love the green bowl and the green of the cabbage in the photos all so crisp yet soft and inviting. The salad sounds perfect for feeling body virtuous, looks delicious and easy to make. I reckon thats got to be on my weekend menu. Thanks!

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Citrus and Candy October 21, 2011 at 15:41

Awww thanks for the lovely complements! :D

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Ali October 15, 2011 at 06:25

New to your blog and am glad I found it on foodgawker. The salad looks really great, love the photos. Are you are a photographer cause the pics look professionally taken :)
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Citrus and Candy October 15, 2011 at 15:22

Hi Ali, thanks so much for the compliments! And no I’m not a photographer. I’m just a girl with a camera :)

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Phuoc'n Delicious October 14, 2011 at 15:56

Woot! What a great way to detox after what I’d imagine would’ve been an awesome birthday celebration. We tend to make this salad and either have it on its own or with congee. It’s so good!
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Citrus and Candy October 21, 2011 at 15:41

Oh yum, with congee would be amazing. Do you know of any other similar Viet dishes? I so need to learn more :)

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foodie @ tasting spot October 14, 2011 at 15:20

love your pictures… they are soo beautiful… makes everything look so delicious

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Citrus and Candy October 21, 2011 at 15:43

Thank you! :D

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Lisa October 14, 2011 at 14:51

This definitely looks like the kind of thing I need to eat right now too, as I may have overindulged on the Pinot Grigio last night. SO glad you had a great birthday and so happy that I could be part of it :) xoxo
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Citrus and Candy October 21, 2011 at 15:44

Oh Lisa, I wouldn’t have it any other way :)

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Hotly Spiced October 14, 2011 at 12:10

That is a great detox recipe. I must try it. It looks wonderful. And happy belated birthday wishes!
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Citrus and Candy October 21, 2011 at 15:44

Thanks so much! :)

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Nic@diningwithastud October 14, 2011 at 11:47

That cake was all kinds of amazing! I can see why you’re body was screaming for this salad. Looks so fresh and savoury is the key to a sweet hangover :)
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Citrus and Candy October 21, 2011 at 15:45

Lol ‘too much of a good thing’ was a very harsh lesson to learn after my birthday :P

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Natashia@foodonpaper October 14, 2011 at 11:31

I love dishes like this, where they make you feel uber-healthy, and satisfied, and happy :) I need to eat more food like this – I may need to make this for my work lunch!

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Citrus and Candy October 21, 2011 at 15:47

I agree Natashia. I def need to find more tasty healthy recipes like these especially since I love the bad stuff a little too much :P

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Billy October 14, 2011 at 11:23

I just discovered your blog and I’m kind of in love with it. And I need to try this salad ASAP. And then probably again.
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Citrus and Candy October 21, 2011 at 15:47

Aww *blush* thank you!

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Minh October 14, 2011 at 09:56

Gorgeous photos Karen! I love Vietnamese salads but I may be a little biased :P
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Citrus and Candy October 21, 2011 at 15:48

Hehe I need to learn more Viet recipes! Help me Minh! :P

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Steph October 14, 2011 at 08:46

Amen! Aww I love you babe. Vietnamese chicken salad is one of my fav dishes and I’m not even a salad person. Definitely great for a detox, I am totally in need of one too :(
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Citrus and Candy October 21, 2011 at 15:48

<3 <3

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