Vietnamese Beef and Green Mango Salad Recipe

Vietnamese Beef and Green Mango Salad Recipe

The Vietnamese beef and green mango salad are some of the basic Vietnamese salad recipes. This recipe is also a great example of the Vietnamese philosophy of food. You can read more about the Vietnamese food philosophy by reading our blog on The Philosophy of Vietnamese Cuisine by clicking here.

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Vietnamese Beef and Green Mango Salad Recipe Ingredients
Vietnamese Beef and Green Mango Salad Recipe Ingredients

Vietnamese Beef and Green Mango Salad Recipe Notes

Here are a few things to remember when you are making this Vietnamese Beef and Green Mango Salad.

  • Green Mango – It is best if you can use fresh green mango. A green mango in Thailand is an actual green mango. You may be able to find one at your Asian grocery store. In Vietnam, the green mango is as it says a raw mango or mango that is not ripe So if you cannot find a green mango you can try to find a mango that is very hard and not ripe or mushy.
  • Beef – You can choose any cut of beef that you prefer. Try to slice it very thin as it helps with the marinate and also cuts down on the cooking time. It is important the beef is marinated as then it will have flavor.
  • Sugar – This recipe calls for a lot of sugar, but if you want to make it sugar-free you can consider using the sugar-free all-natural monk fruit sugar. You can find out more about monk fruit sugar by reading our blog on What is Monk Fruit Sugar? by clicking here.
  • Vietnamese Basil – If you cannot find Vietnamese basil at a local Asian grocery store, you can also use Thai basil. You can buy fresh Thai Basil on Amazon by clicking here. You can also use another kind of fresh basil, but just make sure it is not bitter.
  • Fresh Mint – Fresh mint is another staple herb of Vietnamese cooking and food. You can find fresh mint at many grocery stores and also online by clicking here.
  • Limes – Limes are better to use than lemons because they have a different taste than lemons. If you use lemons it will not taste the same as if you have used limes. Most grocery stores now sell fresh limes.
  • Fried Onions – In Vietnam, we buy the onions already fried up so you can do the same. Most fried onions should work or you can check out these fried onions by clicking here.
  • Peanuts – We usually get our made peanuts fresh, but any peanuts that are finely chopped should be fine. Just make sure they do not have any flavoring or too much salt on them.
  • Fresh Red Chilies – The red chilies need to be fresh and should not be dried. You should be able to buy them at your grocery store or you can buy them online by clicking here. If you have extra they will freeze fine until the next time you need to use them.
  • Celery – The celery we are using Vietnamese celery. You are maybe able to find a Vietnamese, Chinese, or Thai celery at an Asian grocery store. If not you can not find it you can use regular celery but just cut it up in very small pieces.
  • Fish Sauce – The fish sauce is another staple of Vietnamese food. Try to get a Vietnamese or Thai brand. You should be able to find this at your local grocery store or Asian grocery store.
  • Sesame Oil – This recipe calls for sesame oil. Almost any Asian brand of sesame oil should be fine.
  • Fresh Vegetables – Most of the other fresh vegetables you should be able to find at your local grocery store, online or at the Asian market. One of the most important things in Vietnamese cooking is that they are very fresh. Vietnamese will usually shop fresh for their vegetables each day.

You can serve the salad with rice crackers. The Vietnamese will put the salad on the rice crackers and eat it together. Most Asian stores will carry some Vietnamese rice crackers.

Vietnamese Beef and Green Mango Salad Recipe
Vietnamese Beef and Green Mango Salad Recipe

Vietnamese Beef and Green Mango Salad Recipe

Serves 8, to Serve 4 just cut in half

Vietnamese Beef and Green Mango Salad Recipe

Recipe by Anita L Hummel Course: Food & Recipes, Vietnam Travel


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  • 700 grams (1.5 pounds) of beef steak, thinly sliced.

  • Salt

  • Pepper

  • 3 shallots cut up

  • 76 grams (2.7 ounces) of garlic or about 1/4 of a full garlic bulb- cut up

  • 60 grams (2.11 ounces) lemongrass or about 1/4 cup cut up

  • 3 tablespoons sesame oil

  • 4 tablespoons fish sauce

  • 1 medium carrot

  • 650 grams (1.5 pounds) of fresh mango

  • 3 cucumbers

  • 1 red onion

  • 45 grams (1.6 ounces) fried onions

  • 1 cup peanuts

  • 200 grams (7 ounces) lettuce

  • 12 grams (.42 ounces) fresh mint

  • 18 grams (.63 ounces) Vietnamese basil

  • 3 fresh red chilies (or as many as you want for taste and spice)

  • 20 grams (.70 ounces) Vietnamese celery

  • 3/4 cup sugar

  • 3 scallions cut up

  • 1/2 cup lime juice


  • Marinate beef, lemongrass, salt, and pepper, garlic, shallots.
  • You can marinate the beef for 1 hour or even overnight.
  • Peel the green mango, cucumber, and carrots.
  • Grate the green mango, carrots, cucumbers in long slices.
  • Put in the bean sprouts, lettuce, and celery
  • Cut up the red onion into slices
  • Cut the lettuce into small pieces.
  • Add the bean sprouts to the salad mixture.
  • Add in the Vietnamese celery or the celery you can find.
  • Mix all the vegetables very well together.
  • Cut up the Vietnamese basil and mint and put in another bowl, and set aside together with the crushed peanuts.
  • Making The Salad Dressing
  • Put 1/2 cup garlic in the blender
  • Add in 1/2 cup lemongrass
  • Then add red chili peppers
  • Add 1/4 cup fish sauce
  • Add 1/2 cup sugar (if you want a sugar-free version, try Monk Fruit Sugar)
  • Add 1/2 cup lime juice
  • Blend them all to make the dressing. Make sure they are mixed well.
  • BBQ The Meat
  • BBQ the meat or grill or fry it. (We prefer the taste of BBQ meat, and a lot of Vietnamese will BBQ this meat)
  • Mix The Salad Together
  • Mix the dressing with the meat and vegetables.
  • Make sure they are mixed well.
  • Put the dried onions and peanuts, and basil and mint on the top of the salad.
  • Serve and eat this salad with rice crackers.

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  • This salad is a great salad as a meal or as part of a meal.

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Anita L Hummel

Hi, I live in Hanoi, Vietnam but spend time traveling the region. I love to share with you things I see and learn through my travels.

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