How to Make Vietnamese Style Beef Salad

Recipe: Vietnamese Style Beef Salad

Summary: A healthy way to use up rare roast beef in the summer time. It looks like loads of ingredients but most of them are store cupboard staples.


  • 1 tsp Fish Sauce
  • 1/2 tsp Palm Sugar (or caster sugar)
  • 1/2 tsp Lime Juice
  • 2 tbsp Water
  • 1 Chilli – Finely Chopped
  • 1 Small Clover of Garlic – Grated
  • 1/2 tsp Ginger – Grated
  • 1 tsp Sesame Seeds – Toasted
  • Cooked Beef – About 50g per Person – Very Thinly Sliced
  • 1/2 Iceberg Lettuce – Shredded
  • 1/2 Red Onion – Thinly Sliced
  • 1 Courgette – In Ribbons
  • 1 tbsp Chopped Mint
  • 1 tbsp Chopped Basil


  1. Mix the fish sauce, sugar, lime juice, water, chilli, garlic and ginger in a bowl. If your palm sugar is in a big lump grate it first otherwise it won’t dissolve.
  2. Put all of the other ingredients (apart from the sesame seeds) in a bowl or on a large plate.
  3. Pour over the dressing and mix together thoroughly.
  4. Sprinkle over the sesame seeds and serve


I have used courgettes as I have a glut from the garden but carrots or any other crunchy vegetable would work just as well. Feel free to use other green herbs if you have them in stock – dill or coriander would work perfectly in here. If you would like some carbs add cold noodles but increase the amount of dressing.

Preparation time: 10 minute(s)

Cooking time:

Diet tags: Low calorie, Reduced carbohydrate

Number of servings (yield): 2

Culinary tradition: Vietnamese