This is a refreshing Vermicelli Noodle Salad that is quick to make and super healthy at only 170 calories per serving! The dressing is made with Asian ingredients and is very neutral so will suit most Asian foods, including Chinese, Thai, Vietnamese, Japanese, and even Korean dishes like Bulgogi.
Try it with Chinese Chicken Wings, Asian Glazed Salmon or Asian Chilli Garlic Prawns (Shrimp)!
Vermicelli Noodle Salad
Asian cuisine doesn’t really have the equivalent of Western “go to” side salads like Coleslaw, Rocket and Parmesan, or Garden Salads. So I created this Vermicelli Noodle Salad as a simple, refreshing salad to accompany Asian foods.
It’s one of those sides that I called a two-in-one, being that it’s made with vermicelli noodles, which helps fill out the meal instead of having rice on the side, plus plenty of crunchy fresh vegetable.
This makes a terrific NO COOK light summer meal!
What you need for Vermicelli Noodle Salad
Here’s what you need:
Vermicelli noodles are thin noodles made from rice. Prepare per packet directions – usually just soaked in warm tap water or boiling water for a couple of minutes, then drained;
Vegetables – sub with vegetables of choice! Anything that can be chopped into thin strands like pictured are ideal;
Chilli is optional – a subtle hit of spiciness is very on theme for Asian salads.
Turn this into a quick meal with the addition of something store bought like shredded chicken, hot smoked salmon, pre cooked prawns or even canned tuna!
How to make it
And here’s how to make it. No rocket science involved here! Shake the dressing in a jar (the best way to make any type of dressing), prepare noodles per packet, then toss it all together.
What to serve with Vermicelli Noodle Salad
This is a sensational hot weather meal, as a light meal by itself or with a simple piece of cooked protein. My favourite is to top it with big flakes of Asian-style salmon, such as one of these:
The refreshing flavours in this noodle salad goes really well with pretty much any Asian mains, such as these:
The dressing of this Vermicelli Noodle Salad is really neutral so this salad goes with pretty much any South East Asian cuisine such as these (click to browse recipes):
Have I convinced you yet that this is a great salad to add to your Asian repertoire??! – Nagi x
Watch how to make it
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Vermicelli Noodle Salad
- 100g / 4 oz dried vermicelli noodles (Note 1)
- 2 cups white or green cabbage , shredded
- 1 1/2 cups shredded carrot (1 medium carrot)
- 1 1/2 cups bean sprouts
- 2 green onions , finely sliced
- 1/2 cup coriander/ cilantro leaves
Dressing (Note 2 for substitutions)
- 2 tbsp light soy sauce
- 2 tbsp rice wine vinegar
- 1 1/2 tsp sugar
- 1 1/2 tbsp grapeseed oil (or any other neutral oil)
- 1 garlic clove , minced
- 1 birds eye chilli , finely minced
- Fried Asian Shallots , to garnish (optional)
- Red chilli , finely sliced
- Combine dressing ingredients in a jar and shake well to combine. Set aside for 5 minutes for the flavours to infuse.
- Prepare vermicelli noodles per packet directions (usually soak in warm or boiling water 2 minutes). Drain well then set aside for 10 minutes to drain off exces water. Turn out onto tea towel if necessary to dry more (watery noodles = watery flavour).
- Combine vermicelli noodles with remaining salad ingredients.
- Just prior to serving, toss through dressing. Garnish with Fried Asian Shallots if you wish.
- Light soy sauce - sub with regular dark soy sauce, however, the colour of the dressing will be a darker colour and so the salad will look browner than in the photo.
- Rice wine vinegar - sub with lime juice for more of a Thai / Vietnamese spin. Can also sub with other mild vinegars like white wine vinegar, sherry vinegar, champagne vinegar, even apple cider vinegar.
- Chilli - is optional. 1 chilli provides a nice subtle hum, barely there. I also like to add slices of chilli for a bit more of a kick!
- Sub vegetables with any that can be thinly sliced in similar shapes (eg iceberg lettuce, snow peas, red onion, capsicum/bell peppers, cucumber)
- Add mint for a Thai / Vietnamese spin. Could also add Thai Basil leaves.
Originally published August 2014. Updated with new photos and video in November 2019.
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