“Many Vietnamese dishes are perfect for hot weather. This simple noodle salad combines fresh herbs, rice vermicelli, cucumber, bean sprouts, and more, topped with grilled shrimp. Tossed with a tangy sweet and sour sauce, it’s a simple and satisfying dinner.”

Preparation Time: 35 mins    
Cooking Time: 25 mins    
Total Time: 1 hour     
Makes 2 servings


1/4 cup white vinegar
1/4 cup fish sauce
2 tablespoons white sugar
2 tablespoons lime juice
1 clove garlic, minced
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1/2 teaspoon canola oil
2 tablespoons chopped shallots
2 skewers
8 medium shrimp, with shells
1 (8 ounce) package rice vermicelli noodles
1 cup finely chopped lettuce
1 cup bean sprouts
1 English cucumber, cut into 2-inch matchsticks
1/4 cup finely chopped pickled carrots
1/4 cup finely chopped diakon radish
3 tablespoons chopped cilantro
3 tablespoons finely chopped Thai basil
3 tablespoons chopped fresh mint
1/4 cup crushed peanuts


  1. Whisk together vinegar, fish sauce, sugar, lime juice, garlic, and red pepper flakes in small bowl. Set the sauce aside.
  2. Heat vegetable oil a small skillet over medium heat. Add shallots; cook and stir and softened and lightly caramelized, about 8 minutes.
  3. Preheat an outdoor grill for medium heat and lightly oil the grate. Skewer 4 shrimp on each skewer and grill until they turn pink and are charred on the outside, 1 to 2 minutes per side. Set aside.
  4. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add vermicelli noodles and cook until softened, 12 minutes. Drain noodles and rinse with cold water, stirring to separate the noodles.
  5. Assemble the vermicelli bowl by placing the cooked noodles in one half of each serving bowl and the lettuce and bean sprouts in the other half. Top each bowl with cucumbers, carrots, daikon, cilantro, Thai basil, mint, peanuts, and the caramelized shallots. Serve with shrimp skewers on top and sauce on the side. Pour sauce over the top and toss thoroughly to coat before eating.

Nutritional Value

Servings Per Recipe: 2
Amount Per Serving
Calories: 659
% Daily Value *
Total Fat: 12.8g 20 %
Saturated Fat: 2.0g
Cholesterol: 36mg 12 %
Sodium: 2565mg 103 %
Potassium: 756mg 21 %
Total Carbohydrates: 112.3g 36 %
Dietary Fiber: 8.6g 34 %
Protein: 26.2g 52 %
Sugars: 19g
Vitamin A: 1152IU
Vitamin C: 21mg
Calcium: 108mg
Iron: 7mg
Thiamin: 1mg
Niacin: 11mg
Vitamin B6: 0mg
Magnesium: 176mg
Folate: 296mcg
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
**Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.