Everything you love about Vietnamese food can be found in this lemongrass meatball noodle salad, but veganized. Fresh, savory, tangy, nourishing, and super flavorful – this juicy noodle salad is perfect for lunch or dinner!
Vietnamese Lemongrass Meatball Noodle Salad
When people think of Vietnamese food, they think of Pho, Banh Mi, Spring rolls, or egg rolls but not Bun Cha. Why is that? I am not sure but I am here to spread the word to the world about this underrated Vietnamese dish. This lemongrass meatball noodle salad is my vegan interpretation of Bun Cha, which is traditionally made with pork.
Tiff’s Vegan Fish Sauce Dressing
I did not think it was possible but I have finally developed a vegan fish sauce recipe that not only lives up to the original fish sauce but it is made with ingredients you probably already have at home. The soy sauce and white distilled vinegar creates the salty base, while the sugar and lime provides a boost of sweetness and acidity to the sauce. The spicy Thai bird eye chili peppers and earthiness from the minced garlic brings all the flavors together. This vegan fish sauce can be whipped up in 2 minutes!
A few notes
- Please refrain from adding all the vegan fish sauce to the noodle bowl to keep the salad fresh unless you will be eating the entire salad that day. As a pro tip, keep the vegan fish sauce in a separate jar and add only as needed.
- For any uncooked meatballs leftovers, feel free to freeze it for up to a month.
- The recipe for pickled carrots can be found under the Lemongrass Tofu Banh Mi Sandwich post. We will be shredding the carrots for this recipe to make it softer and easier to eat with the other ingredients. For ease and convenience, I highly recommend using a julienne peeler to shred the carrots. This is one of the best tools to use in the kitchen and I can’t recommend it enough!
- Any leftover cooked rice vermicelli noodles will last 1 day in the fridge. I would encourage you to boil a fresh batch of noodles when making this salad.
This Vietnamese lemongrass meatball noodle salad is:
& SO Wonderful!
Please let me know if you gave this recipe a try. Leave a comment below or tag a photo on Instagram @tifflovestofu. I’d love to see or hear how it turned out for you.