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Vietnamese Chicken Salad with Dressing


I have been doing a low carb program for the last couple of weeks. I have found that even with exercise I have not been able to lose weight. I have the joys of a thyroid condition and celiacs, making it difficult to lose weight.
Years ago I had successfully lost almost 50 lbs doing a doctor monitored low carb diet. The problem arose after losing the weight my doctor suggested that I start adding wheat to my diet and over an 18 month period not only started gaining the weight back dramatically, but I got sicker and sicker.
I was diagnosed with celiacs and felt so much better. But, as such with life, I kept the weight on. I took the time to learn about living gluten free, and allowed both my system and my soul to heal. Now I feel better than ever. I walk daily and participate in a ladies weight program twice a week. I would like to lose some more weight so I have decided that for the summer, with all the fresh veggies available, I will cut out the carbs
You will be seeing a lot more salads and meats on the blog for the summer. I am sure once the cold weather creeps into Calgary that I will start adding carbs in slowly. I am thinking low carb on the weekdays and a little carbs on the weekends. We will see if this plan works out.
I do miss my lovely flax bread toasted for breakfast from GF Patisserie. After discovering this lovely bakery in Cochrane I was able to get delicious gluten free bread… so now I definitely miss it.
Here is a lovely salad I got out of the “Ultimate Chicken” magazine issue. Again I am making my own dressings and was thrilled to find a Vietnamese salad recipe. I of course, have modified it a little, with bbq season here.





**Now as an option you can add rice vermicelli noodles to the salad. I am doing low carb, so there were no noodles on my plate. But my family enjoys the noodles.
Prepare according to directions while the chicken is marinading.
This easily could serve 6 people for supper.

Vietnamese Chicken Salad


  • 1 pkg jumbo raw shrimp
  • 3 chicken breasts
  • 1 pkg Rice vermicelli noodles
  • 3/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 tbsp fresh lime juice
  • 1 tbsp chopped cilantro
  • 2 tsp salt and pepper
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper
  • 1 tbsp grated lime peel
  • 3 tbsp rice wine vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 3 heads romaine lettuce, shredded
  • 1 cup shredded carrots
  • 1 large bunch cilantro, chopped
  • 1 cup crushed unsalted peanuts


  • In a bowl, combine 3 Tbsp of the olive oil, the 2 Tbsp of lime juice, cilantro, salt, pepper, crushed red pepper, and cayenne pepper.
  • Add chicken to bowl and marinade in fridge for 10-30 minutes.
  • Remove from marinade and Bbq til chicken is done.
  • Remove from Bbq and slice chicken thinly.
  • In a small aluminum pie plate, add peeled shrimp, a Tbsp of olive oil, and I like to put ½-1 tsp chili powder and mix around. I then place pie plate on bbq and cooked the shrimp for 3-5 minutes until done.
  • For the dressing in a large salad bowl, whisk together the remaining ½ cup olive oil, ¼ cup lime juice, lime peel, vinegar, chili powder, sugar, salt and pepper.
  • Add to bowl, chopped lettuce, carrots, cilantro, peanuts, chicken strips, and shrimp.Toss altogether.
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