Vietnamese Cabbage Salad is perfect to make with leftover chicken, and I love the flavors in this slightly-spicy low-carb salad!

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Years ago Glenna from A Fridge Full of Food posted a recipe for Vietnamese Cole Slaw, and the minute I saw the recipe, I knew I’d be making some version of it. Glenna had a Vietnamese co-worker who told her that in Vietnam the dressing for this type of salad would never contain oil, and I love the light but highly flavored dressing in this Vietnamese Cabbage Salad with Chicken that includes fish sauce, rice vinegar, and lime juice.

Having a good quality fish sauce makes a big difference here, and I love Three Crabs Fish Sauce, which I learned about from Lydia’s post on fish sauce. Read that if you’ve never cooked with fish sauce before. Or if you want it to be gluten-free, Red Boat Fish Sauce is also wonderful. And don’t be put off by the smell, this stuff tastes amazing in small amounts.

And since I have a hard time walking by those rotisserie chickens at Costco without having one jump into my cart, I’m always looking for salads ideas to use the leftover chicken. With the light dressing, chicken, radishes, and crunchy cabbage, I think this salad is perfect for summer.

One thing I’m trying to do at my house is have salad fixings in the fridge ready for lunch (when I have a hard time stopping to make a meal) and everything about this salad (except maybe the chopped cilantro) could be prepped ahead and then tossed together when you’re ready to eat. This one is really a keeper; hope everyone will like it!

What ingredients do you need?

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How to Make Vietnamese Cabbage Salad with Chicken:

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  1. Whisk together the hot sauce (affiliate link), garlic, sweetener of your choice, rice vinegar, lime juice, fish sauce (affiliate link), and salt and pepper to taste to make the dressing.
  2. I use about one cup of diced chicken for each salad.
  3. The chicken and red onions get marinated in a small amount of dressing, which makes the onions a bit milder and infuses the chicken with flavor.
  4. Chop up the cabbage and cilantro and slice the radishes into half-moon slices.
  5. Toss the salad together with the desired amount of dressing and devour!

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More Asian Cabbage Salads to Keep You Cool:

Thai Cabbage Slaw

Asian Cabbage Salad

Sandee’s Asian Chicken Cabbage Salad 

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Vietnamese Cabbage Salad with Chicken
Yield: 4 servings

Vietnamese Cabbage Salad with Chicken

Prep Time 25 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes

Vietnamese Cabbage Salad with Chicken is perfect to use up leftover chicken, and the dressing has no oil!


Dressing Ingredients:

  • 4 drops hot sauce (see notes, use more or less to taste)
  • 1/4 tsp. garlic puree or minced garlic
  • 2 T Monkfruit sweetener, or sweetener of your choice
  • 2 T rice vinegar (not sweetened)
  • 3 T fresh lime juice (see notes)
  • 2 T fish sauce (see notes)
  • fresh ground black pepper to taste

Salad Ingredients:

  • 4 cups diced cooked chicken
  • 1 small red onion, sliced into rings
  • 4 cups chopped green cabbage
  • 1 cup sliced radishes
  • 1/2 chopped cilantro


  1. Whisk together the hot sauce (affiliate link), garlic, sweetener, rice vinegar, lime juice, and fish sauce (affiliate link) to make the dressing. (Fish sauce can vary greatly in strength, and if you’re not used to it I recommend starting with less and adding it until the dressing tastes good to you.
  1. Season dressing with salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste.
  2. Dice the chicken and chop the red onion (or slice green onions; then put diced chicken and onion in plastic bowl and mix with a generous amount of dressing.
  3. Let marinate 15 minutes or longer while you chop the cabbage and cilantro and slice the radishes.
  4. When ready to serve, add the cabbage, radishes, and cilantro to the chicken/onion/dressing and toss, adding more dressing until the salad is as moist as you’d like it. (You may not need to use all the dressing.)
  5. Serve immediately.
  6. This dressing will keep in the fridge for at least a week, and this is a perfect salad to prep ahead and then mix together when you’re ready to eat it.


Use Green Tabasco Sauce (affiliate link), Sriracha Sauce (affiliate link), or other hot sauce of your choice for this recipe. I would use Monkfruit Sweetener (affiliate link). I use my fresh-frozen lime juice for this. Use Red Boat Fish Sauce (affiliate link) for gluten-free.

Recipe originally from Nigella Lawson, adapted by A Fridge Full of Food, with a more adaptations by Kalyn.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 410Total Fat: 20gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 158mgSodium: 981mgCarbohydrates: 11gFiber: 4gSugar: 7gProtein: 43g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated by the Recipe Plug-In I am using. I am not a nutritionist and cannot guarantee 100% accuracy, since many variables affect those calculations.

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Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
Made with an approved sweetener, this salad would be perfect for most low-carb diets or for any phase of The South Beach Diet. I’d probably eat this as a main-dish salad, but you could also serve with something like Spicy Grilled Eggplant and Zucchini Salad with Thai Flavors or Spicy Grilled Eggplant with Red Pepper, Parsley, and Mint.

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