Thai rice noodle salad

Thai rice noodle salad

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(11 ratings)

Prep: 12 mins Cook: 10 mins


Serves 4
This salad is full of flavour and is healthy too, as it's served with an oil-free dressing

Nutrition and extra info

  • Healthy

Nutrition: per serving (without meat)

  • kcal153
  • fat1g
  • saturates0g
  • carbs34g
  • sugars5g
  • fibre2g
  • protein5g
  • salt1.49g
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  • ½ a 250g pack fine vermicelli rice noodles
  • 200g bag beansprouts


    been sp-rowts

    The two most common beansprouts are the green-capped mung bean

  • zest and juice 2 limes



    The same shape, but smaller than…

  • 2-3 tbsp fish or soy sauce, to taste
    Soy sauce

    Soy sauce

    soy sor-s

    An Asian condiment and ingredient that comes in a variety of of varieties ranging from light to…

  • 1 tsp muscovado sugar or soft brown sugar
  • 1 red onion, halved and thinly sliced
  • 2 Little Gem lettuce hearts, leaves separated and roughly torn

To make with mince

  • 500g minced pork



    One of the most versatile types of meat, pork is economical, tender if cooked correctly, and…

  • small knob grated ginger



    Mainly grown in Jamaica, Africa, India, China and Australia, ginger is the root of the plant. It…

  • pinch cayenne pepper

To make with steak

  • 1 tsp sunflower oil
    Sunflower oil

    Sunflower oil

    Sunflower oil is made from pressing sunflower seeds and extracting the oil. It's usually…

  • 2 tbsp sesame seeds
  • 1 tsp oil
  • 4 x 175g sirloin steaks
    Sirloin steak

    Sirloin steak

    Sur-loyn stayk

    This well-flavoured steak needs to be cooked carefully, and rested properly to ensure…

  • 1 deseeded and shredded red chilli


  1. Place the noodles and beansprouts in a heatproof bowl and cover with boiling water. Leave for 4 mins, or until the noodles are tender. Drain, then cool under cold running water and drain again. Return to the bowl.

  2. Stir together the lime zest and juice, fish or soy sauce and sugar. Stir into the noodles with the red onion and lettuce.

  3. To make with mince, heat a little oil in a non-stick frying pan and stir-fry 500g minced pork, a small knob of grated ginger and pinch cayenne pepper or chilli powder for 10 mins, until the mince is browned and cooked through. Mix into the noodles, divide between four bowls and serve warm.

  4. To make with steak, make the rice noodle salad. Heat 1 tsp sunflower oil in a frying pan. Tip 2 tbsp sesame seeds onto a plate. Rub 1 tsp oil into 4 x 175g sirloin steaks and press into sesame seeds. Fry for 5 mins for medium rare, turning halfway. Leave to rest for 5 mins, then thinly slice. Toss 1 deseeded and shredded red chilli, and a handful mint leaves into noodles. Top with steak to serve.

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30th Aug, 2017
Made the minced pork version with 2 tbs soy sauce and lots of ginger. It's delicious.
Sally Griffin
25th Jun, 2016
Made it with king prawns, left out the lettuce but added blanched green beans and deseeded chunks of cucumber. Really yummy
7th Jul, 2014
Very bland, will add chilli and garlic next time
11th Apr, 2013
Made it with pork mince & fish sauce and totally loved it, going to be a regular dish in our household. Might try it with spring onions next time
26th Mar, 2013
Made the salad - very tasty - suggest Fish Sauce rather than Soy. Check out my blog for photos of the process and finished article: And why I had the noodles in the first place! Thanks! Cath
sllyst's picture
27th Feb, 2013
It won't let me rate at the moment but just made this for my lunch. Made it with soy instead of fish sauce and added a clove of garlic, very nice for a more healthy lunch would give it a good 4.
5th Jun, 2011
It was ok but I found it quite bland.
24th Jan, 2011
Delicious and very simple.
19th May, 2010
i made it with minced beef and it was totally yummy
mother_ship's picture
11th May, 2009
I made this with minced pork and thought it was a great combination of textures and flavours.
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