This Vietnamese Steak Salad is a crisp salad with noodles, tender steak and a spicy dressing – only 270 calories!

Crisp salad with noodles, tender steak and a spicy dressing - only 270 calories!

Vietnamese Steak Salad for lunch anyone?

This beautiful, crunchy salad with noodles, griddled steak and a spicy-zesty dressing is delicious and guilt-free.

Something lighter was definitely called for after indulging in those chocolate brownie parfaits and lots of fruity tea bread (coming up next week!).

I love love love my food (can you tell?), but I always struggle to find a balance.
I know I’ll never give up bread, chocolate (I’m eating a milky way whilst writing this), or dairy.  Making delicious recipes and sharing them with my family is something I get such pleasure from that the thought of removing it from my life – even temporarily – is so depressing!

However, I think it is still perfectly possible to make food that’s tasty and satisfying whilst still being light and nutritious – like this Vietnamese salad:

Crisp salad with noodles, tender steak and a spicy dressing - only 270 calories!

Doesn’t mean I’m not going to indulge in crème brulee bars and butter chicken at other times though.

I’ve been following the 5:2 diet for a few weeks.  Not a bad diet for a blogger – I just coincided the couple of days in the week that I don’t make recipes for the blog with the 2 fast days.
I’m getting bored with it already though.  A bad cold – plus the children finishing school for a week – made me quit my fast day yesterday and open that packet of milky ways I mentioned earlier.

So to round it up:

  • I love naughty stuff like chocolate, cakes, creamy/carby dinners, crisps and bread
  • I also love the good stuff like fruit, vegetables, water and herbal teas

I think my big problem is that I want lots of both.  Also,

  • I’m not overweight (definitely not skinny though) – although I wouldn’t mind being half a stone lighter
  • I go to the gym, but only sporadically

So how do I teach myself to just want to eat a little less overall?
Right now I’ve no idea, but I’m working on it.

Phew, thanks for the therapy session guys.  You really are the best listeners 🙂

Any tips or recommendations on how you keep a good balance? I’d love to know!

The Vietnamese Steak Salad Recipe:

5 from 2 votes

Vietnamese Steak Salad

Crisp salad with noodles, tender steak and a spicy dressing - only 270 calories!
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 6 minutes
Total Time: 21 minutes
Servings: 2
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Asian



  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 tsp fish sauce
  • 2 tbsp chopped coriander cilantro
  • ½ red chilli finely chopped
  • 1 clove garlic peeled and minced
  • 1 tsp lemongrass paste or 1 lemon grass stalk, outer leaves removed and inner leaves chopped very finely


  • 50 g dried vermicelli rice noodles
  • 100 g lean sirloin steak
  • 12 sprays 1-calorie cooking oil
  • Good pinch of salt and pepper
  • 80 g mixed salad leaves
  • ½ cucumber sliced
  • 1 medium carrot peeled and sliced into matchsticks
  • 2 spring onions scallions, chopped
  • ½ red chilli sliced
  • A few lime slices
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  • Start with the dressing. Simply mix all the dressing ingredients together in a small bowl and put to one side whilst you prepare the rest of the salad.
  • Cover the rice noodles in boiling water and leave to stand for 3 minutes - until the rice noodles are cooked. Drain and rinse under the cold tap to stop the noodles sticking together. Leave to drain in a colander.
  • Heat a small frying pan until very hot. Spray the steak on both sides with the spray oil and rub in the salt and pepper. Place the steak in the pan and cook for 2-3 minutes on each side so that it's charred on the outside, but still pink in the middle (cook for a couple of minutes longer if you prefer your steak well-done). Take the steak out of the pan and place on a chopping board. Cover with foil and then a tea-towel on top and leave to rest for 5 minutes.
  • Whilst the steak is resting, divide the salad leaves, cucumber, carrot and spring onions between two bowls. Top with the noodles.
  • Take the foil off the steak and slice into thin slices (against the grain). Divide the slices between the two bowls and sprinkle on the sliced chillies. Serve with the dressing and slices of lime.


Nutritional Information is per serving.


Serving: 292g | Calories: 270kcal | Carbohydrates: 34.3g | Protein: 19.3g | Fat: 6.5g | Saturated Fat: 1.5g | Cholesterol: 45mg | Sodium: 301mg | Potassium: 574mg | Fiber: 2.8g | Sugar: 3.8g | Vitamin A: 5850IU | Vitamin C: 36.3mg | Calcium: 50mg | Iron: 10.4mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Nutritional Information from Calorie Count – per serving:

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  1. Ruth says:

    5 stars
    Loved the recipe especially the salad dressing. I had to adapt the salad for hubby but I used the dressing anyway.will definitely try this again with different meats.

  2. TC says:

    5 stars
    This is my sort of salad, great flavours.

  3. Bali Tour says:

    Thank you for the recipe 🙂

    1. Nicky Corbishley says:

      Thanks for stopping by, glad you like the recipe 🙂

  4. Ginger says:

    This looks absolutely stunning!

    1. Nicky Corbishley says:

      Thanks Ginger 🙂