Vietnamese Style Noodle Salad

This noodle salad packs a perfectly balanced punch of flavour – from the richness of the smoked mackerel to the zing of the fish sauce, lime and chilli. It is a great salad for days when it’s too hot for heavy food, but you need something substantial to eat!

Smoked mackerel is a delicious way to eat oily fish, rich in healthy omega-3 fat. Along with five portions of plant-based foods, this recipe really ticks all the nutrition boxes!

Requiring minimal preparation, you can have this dish on your table in about 10 minutes.

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Vietnamese Style Noodle Salad

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Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Course Main Courses, Salads
Servings 2 adults
Suitable for Special Diet (or adaptable) Dairy-free, Egg-free, Gluten-free


Vietnamese Style Dressing

Noodle Salad


  • Begin by making the dressing. Finely chop the red chilli and crush the garlic. Place into a small bowl and add the fish sauce, rice vinegar, honey, lime juice and water. Whisk to combine and set aside.
  • Cook the rice noodles according to the packet instructions, and rinse with lots of cold water.
  • Grate the carrots and cucumber. Flake the mackerel into pieces.
  • Assemble all the salad ingredients into a bowl, drizzle with the dressing and garnish with chopped fresh coriander and roasted peanuts.


  • Nut-free use toasted pumpkin and sunflower seeds
  • You could replace the smoked mackerel with left-over roast chicken or tofu.
  • The dressing would be delicious on any salad, so if you have any spare, experiment with pouring it over other things. I love it on roasted veg.
  • The salad is best freshly prepared, so bring it together just before you want to eat it.
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