Cabbage and Shrimp Salad (Goi Tom)

Notes: This salad is traditionally made with finely sliced raw banana blossoms or cabbage; we've gotten excellent results with the cabbage. Spicy rau ram, found in Vietnamese markets, adds an aromatic pungency, but fresh mint is a very good alternative. For convenience, use frozen cooked shrimp, thawed, and packaged shredded cabbage (often labeled "angel hair"). Serve the salad for a light lunch or as part of a multicourse meal.

Yield: Makes 4 main-dish servings
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Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 348
  • Calories from fat: 47%
  • Protein: 22g
  • Fat: 18g
  • Saturated fat: 2.6g
  • Carbohydrate: 29g
  • Fiber: 4.8g
  • Sodium: 681mg
  • Cholesterol: 111mg


  • 8 ounces (31 to 40 per lb.) shelled, deveined cooked shrimp (see notes)
  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • 3 tablespoons Asian fish sauce (nuoc mam or nam pla)
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 to 2 teaspoons minced fresh hot red or green chili, such as Thai, serrano, jalapeño, or Fresno
  • 1 clove garlic, peeled and minced
  • 6 cups finely shredded cabbage (10 oz.; see notes)
  • 8 ounces bean sprouts (3 to 4 cups), rinsed
  • 3/4 cup fresh rau ram or fresh mint leaves (see notes)
  • 1/2 cup finely shredded carrots
  • 1/2 cup Fried Shallots
  • 1/2 cup chopped roasted, salted peanuts


  1. 1. Rinse and drain shrimp; pat dry. Cut each in half lengthwise.
  2. 2. In a large bowl, mix lime juice, fish sauce, sugar, 1/2 teaspoon chili, and garlic. Add shrimp, cabbage, bean sprouts, rau ram, carrots, shallots, and 1/4 cup peanuts; mix. Taste, and add more chili if desired.
  3. 3. Pour the salad onto a platter and sprinkle the remaining 1/4 cup peanuts over the top.
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