Fresh, Fragrant and Spicy Vietnamese Beef Noodle Salad – Bun Bo Xao

Fresh, Fragrant and Spicy Vietnamese Beef Noodle Salad – Bun Bo Xao

Fresh, Fragrant and Spicy Vietnamese Beef Noodle Salad – Bun Bo Xao


Authentic Vietnamese Lemongrass Beef and Nuoc Cham spicy vinaigrette!

This Spicy Vietnamese Beef Noodle Salad will become your new summer favourite! This super easy to prepare salad is bursting with flavour and freshness. The only thing to cook is some delicious lemongrass beef which is well worth the wait. Simply prep your vegetables, make the quick and easy dressing and enjoy!

If you are new to this post welcome…..if you have been here all week welcome back! This is the final salad of my Summer Salad Series, a super easy and tasty Spicy Vietnamese Beef Noodle Salad! This salad is too good seriously you have to try it! It is perfect for meal prep lunches and super fun to make! I guarantee you will be addicted!

If you love salad but need it protein packed and a little special this is the series for you. All of the salads in the series have a spicy kick and protein. You will find chicken, beef, lamb, prawns and salmon so be sure to take a look back at the weeks recipes!

The series already includes 6 yummy salads!

  1. Crispy Duck and Watermelon Salad;
  2. Crunchy Satay Chicken Salad;
  3. Coriander and Lime Chicken and Avocado Salad;
  4. Garlic and lime Prawn Salad with Mango;
  5. Sweet Miso Salmon and Kale Salad; and
  6. Spicy Moroccan Lamb Cous Cous Salad!

I love Asian food so a lot of my salads have an Asian influence but there are also some pumped up classics too! Today’s salad includes 2 more of my favourite things steak and chilli! The lemongrass beef is addictive and can be eaten alone, with rice or even in a sandwich!

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Vietnamese Noodle Salad or Bun Bo Xao?

This delicious recipe is my take on the classic Vietnamese Beef Noodle Salad dish -Bun Bo Xao. I have not changed a thing as I like to keep my recipes very authentic. I am a huge Asian food fanatic and this Vietnamese noodle dish is one of my favourites from the region. Now you know what it is, be sure to make this recipe or give it a try the next time you see a Vietnamese restaurant!

Vietnamese beef noodle salad super close up

What do i need?

Lemongrass Beef –

This beef is honestly to die for! The flavours are citrusy, umami and fishy all at the same time. Be sure to follow the recipe closely for the best results. Simply combine the below ingredients together and add some thinly sliced beef of your choice. I went for a nice ribeye steak I sliced myself.

  • sliced onion and minced garlic;
  • 1 tablespoon oyster sauce;
  • 2 teaspoon minced lemongrass;
  • 1 tablespoon rapeseed oil;
  • 1 tablespoon fish sauce;
  • a teaspoon of coconut sugar; and
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper.
Vietnamese beef noodle salad

The Salad –

For the salad simply cook the noodles according to the pack instructions and prepare your vegetables into your desired shape. I like to shred my lettuce and julienne the cucumbers and carrots.

  • 200g vermicelli noodles;
  • 1 cup shredded lettuce;
  • julienne cucumbers;
  • julienne carrots;
  • peanuts; and
  • chopped coriander and mint.

Nuoc Cham – Sweet and Spicy Fish Sauce Dressing –

This traditional Vietnamese dressing is called Nuoc Cham a quick and easy vinaigrette made of fish sauce, rice vinegar and chilli. Simply add the below ingredients into a jar shake well and enjoy! Watch out for the spice!

  • 1/4 cup fish sauce;
  • 1/4 rice vinegar;
  • 3 thai chillis chopped;
  • juice of 1 lime about 2-3 tbsp;
  • 1 tablespoon coconut sugar; and
  • a minced garlic clove.

This dressing is very spicy so please watch out and put less chilli if you are unsure! Thai or birds eye chillies are very hot. Be careful when handling hot chillies!

Looking for more salads?

Check out my Keto Caesar Salad and Sirloin Steak Salad recipes!

This salad is the FINAL in a series of 7. Be sure to check out salad 1-6 from this series:

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Spicy Vietnamese Beef Noodle Salad

Refreshing and vibrant summer salad! Rice noodles, cucumber, carrots, lettuce and fresh mint and coriander topped with a spicy fish sauce vinaigrette!
Servings 4 servings
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes


  • Sharp knife
  • Chopping board
  • Small saucepan
  • Lidded jar
  • Wok
  • Bowl


Lemongrass Beef

  • 1 large steak 400/500g
  • 1 tbsp rapeseed oil or other
  • 1 tbsp oyster sauce
  • 1 tbsp fish sauce
  • 1 tbsp minced lemongrass
  • 1 tsp coconut sugar
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 onion sliced
  • 3 garlic cloves

The Noodle Salad

  • 200 g rice noodles
  • 1 cup julienne carrots
  • 1 cup julienne cucumber
  • ¼ cup chopped coriander
  • 1 tbsp chopped mint
  • 2 tbsp peanuts

Sweet and Spicy Fish Dressing

  • ¼ cup fish sauce
  • ¼ cup rice vinegar
  • 2-3 thai chilli/birds eye chilli
  • 2 tbsp lime juice
  • 1 tbsp coconut sugar
  • 1 minced garlic clove


Lemongrass Beef

  • Slice your beef into thin slices.
  • Slice 1 onion and mince 4 garlic into a bowl add the remaining marinade ingredients before stirring well and adding the sliced beef. Leave to marinate for 10 minutes minimum.
  • Heat oil in wok and add the entire contents of the bowl. Leave to fry for 3 minutes before turning. Leave to fry for a further 2 minutes before stirring. Medium beef is ready in about 7 minutes.

The Salad and Dressing

  • Add the noodles to boiling water in a saucepan and follow the packet instructions. Always rinse with cold water when cooked.
  • Shred the lettuce and julienne the carrots and cucumber. Roughly chop the coriander and mint.
  • In a jar add all the dressing ingredients, cover and shake well.
  • Plate up your salad separating each component as in pictures or in bowl throw all the veg and noodles together add a little dressing and toss plate up beside your lemongrass beef and enjoy!


TIPS – You can use any cheap cut beef steak for this recipe but its even more delicious with some chopped ribeye steak!
If you like your beef slices thin freeze your steak for about 20 minutes and then slice with a sharp knife!
Always follow the noodle pack instructions and just taste before draining if you are unsure.
Children Friendly adaptation – 
  • make a dressing with no chilli. Instead add 1 tsp extra or coconut sugar and some chilli flakes if your child tolerates mild chilli.
Author: Daniel Devereux
Cost: £7-9
Course: Lunch, Salad
Cuisine: Asian, Vietnamese
Keyword: Dressing, Quick & Easy, Salad, Spicy, Summer

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