I’ve had this idea of turning Classic Bahn Mi baguette filling flavours into a salad for quite a while, and now the weather has turned super hot (albeit briefly!) it’s the perfect opportunity for exciting salad eating.
In my day job, I work in two different locations, so I spend rather too much time walking the streets of the City or sitting on London buses. It does give a lot of looking out the window and contemplating opportunities, and time to draw inspiration for my recipes. Just off one of my regular bus route there are two Bahn Mi shops within meters of each other (crazy, huh!), hence my thoughts turned to recreating the classic Vietnamese hot spicy, pickled, herby flavours of a Bahn Mi baguette into a salad.
In this salad bowl I have marinated noodles which are topped with Sriracha roasted beans, quick pickled red cabbage, cucumber and carrot ribbons, tomatoes and plenty of coriander. It makes for a delicious and very moreish bowlful. The noodles are best prepared in advance and cope very nicely with a couple of days in the fridge if need be. Same with the red cabbage. Just make sure you put all the topping on at the last minute to retain freshness and crunch.
Bahn Mi Salad
(dairy-free, egg-free, nut-free, sesame-free, vegetarian and vegan)
serves at least 4 (multiple the veg for more people as there will be plenty of noodles and cabbage)
For the quick pickled red cabbage:
1/4 red cabbage
1 tsp sugar
1/2 tsp salt
2 tbsp vinegar
2 tbsp water
1/2 tbsp salt
- Massage the cabbage with the 1tsp sugar and 1/2 tsp salt. Set aside for at least half an hour. Pour away any juice which have seeped out.
- Combine the water, vinegar and rest of the salt. Pour over the cabbage. Cover and leave to pickle for at least half an hour.
For the Sriracha roasted beans:
1/2 tin white beans or chickpeas
1 tsp smoked paprika
1 tsp olive oil
A few good squirts of Sriracha
- Toss the beans in the paprika,oil and chilli sauce and roast in a medium oven (180 degrees) for 15-20 minutes.
For the marinated noodles:
4 tbsps extra virgin olive oil
5 tbsps soy sauce
3 tbsps balsamic vinegar
3 tbsps sugar
1 tsp salt
1 pack of wheat noodles (250g) or equal amount of spaghetti
6 spring onions, finely sliced
- Mix together the oil, balsamic, soy sauce, sugar and salt until the sugar has dissolved. Set aside
- Cook the noodles or spaghetti according to the pack instructions. Make sure they are slightly undercooked and then drain and run under cold water to halt the cooking process.
- Mix the noodles into the marinade. Add the spring onions and set aside. Marinate for as long as possible for really tasty noodles.
For the veg:
2 spring onions, sliced
1 carrot, shaved into ribbons
1/2 cucumber, shaved into ribbons
1/2 red pepper, finely sliced
Large handful cherry tomatoes, halved
- In a bowl, cover the bottom of the dish with a layer of marinated noodles
- Top with strips of pickled cabbage, roasted Sriracha beans and veg
- Add carrot and cucumber ribbons around the edge
- Top with a scattering of coriander and a few squirts of Sriracha
- Eat straight away