Vietnamese cuisine is not only famous for its Bún, Phở or Bánh Mì, but it also attracts foreigners by the variety of Salad dishes. In addition to popular salad dishes such as beef salad, dried beef salad, fish salad, shrimp salad is also widely popular in family meals.

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A special feature is that when it comes to these salad dishes, people can immediately guess its main ingredients. Because the ingredients are clearly shown in their names. If the main ingredients of beef salad are delicious fresh beef, shrimp salad can be made from fresh and sweet shrimp.

The way of cooking the salad dishes is almost the same, as they are usually made by mixing all the ingredients together, and served with some herbs. In addition, sweet and sour fish sauce is what determines whether this dish is successful and tasty or not.

The ingredients of the salad dishes are cooked simply and fast, so we need to choose fresh foods with their natural sweetness. Shrimp does not need to be big, but it must be fresh, pork should be bacon which is boiled and thinly sliced. That will create an attractive dish.

Among greasy dishes like stir-fried or fried dishes with cooking oil, this salad dish will balance all tastes thanks to natural freshness and sweetness of raw vegetables like carrots and cucumbers.

If you want to try it at home, let’s do it with the following recipe!

Ingredients for Vietnamese Shrimp Salad (for 4 people)

  • 2 cucumbers
  • 1 carrot
  • 100g of shrimp
  • 100g of bacon
  • 1 bunch of cilantro
  • 1 teaspoon of lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon fish sauce
  • 1 teaspoon of sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 30g peanuts
  • 4 garlic cloves, 1 small pepper
  • Onions (optional)

How to make Vietnamese Shrimp Salad

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–  Grate carrots, marinate it with 1/2 teaspoon of salt, mix well and wait for 15 minutes. Squeeze the carrots to reduce water, then shake them out.

-Wash cucumbers, cut into small pieces, marinate with 1/2 teaspoon of salt, mix well. Use your hands to remove all the water out of the cucumber, let the cucumber dry.

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-Peel and devein shrimp then boil it. Boil meat, cut into bite-size pieces. Fry peanuts without cooking oil, pound it. Cilantro is washed and chopped.

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– Make fish sauce: 2 teaspoons of water, 1 teaspoon of sugar, 1 lemon juice, 1 teaspoon of fish sauce, chopped chili garlic, mix together. Mix this mixture with carrot, cucumber, shrimp, meat and marinate for 15 minutes. When eating, add cilantro, mix well and then sprinkle crushed peanuts on the top of the salad.

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