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Vietnamese Chicken Salad with Sweet Lime-Garlic Dressing (Goi Gà)

6 Servings

15 minutes

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This refreshing salad is a symphony of tastes, colors and textures. Fish sauce, known as nuoc mam in Vietnam, gives the dressing savory, umami-rich underpinnings, while lime juice, sugar and garlic punch up the flavors. The jalapeños add moderate spiciness; if you prefer mild heat, seed the jalapeños before slicing them. Store-bought rotisserie chicken makes this salad simple to prepare; a small to average-size bird yields about 3 cups of shredded meat. The finished salad can be covered and refrigerated up to an hour.




Don't tear the basil too far in advance or it will discolor. When preparing the herbs, leave them on the large side. Bigger pieces punctuate the salad with color, flavor and texture. Marinating the sliced onion in the dressing for about 10 minutes tames its raw bite, so don’t skip this step.

15 minutes


  • cup lime juice, plus lime wedges, to serve

  • tablespoons fish sauce


Keith T.
November 2, 2022
so good
Made according to recipe with no edits. Really fantastic dinner salad which feels healthy and totally satisfying. Bursting with flavor; the fish sauce is not too strong.
Siri N.

I disagree completely with the last comment - the fish sauce is perfectly balanced by the lime and sugar and this is delicious. Spicy and refreshing. I'm hoping it works as a leftover. I separated the chicken out, to avoid it getting mushy in the lime, and mixed the rest of the ingredients together, except I'll add the herbs fresh to each portion. I look forward to eating this again and agin.