This is a homage to my sister Kenzie because of her obsession with anything salad & my mother-in-law Latayne because of her love for Vietnamese cuisine.
The other day I was watching The Chew while working out on the elliptical at the gym. Yes, I know what you're thinking, why is she watching a show about eating and cooking while trying to get rid of that butt she has from all that food she eats and cooks. But I love cooking shows. Anyway, someone on The Chew mentioned something about making Banh Mi's and I thought "Hey I could totally come up with my own sugar free, gluten free version of a Banh Mi." And so it began.
I served this salad a la carte but you could put it together before serving if you'd prefer.
In a saucepan: 1 C rice vinegar or apple cider vinegar, 1/2 C water, 1/2 C sugar or stevia. Bring to boil over medium heat. Cook 1 minute to dissolve sugar. Set aside and cool. Meanwhile using a mandolin, slice 2 peeled carrots, 4-6 radishes, 1/2 onion & 2 cucumbers into a bowl. You can also use a knife to cut very thinly or grater. Pour liquid over vegetables and store in refrigerator for at least 30 minutes to marinate and crisp up.
Now you could spend hours roasting a chicken or you could just buy a roasted chicken from your local grocery store. De-bone & remove skin. Shred or cube chicken. Place in a bowl and set aside or in refrigerator until ready to serve.
Cilantro Lime Dressing
In a blender or food processor, blend until smooth: 1/4 C Mayo (I use no sugar added mayo from Whole Foods), juice of 1 lime & 1-2 T fresh cilantro. Place in a bowl and put in refrigerator until ready to serve.
Serve spinach or lettuce with chicken, dressing, marinated vegetables, fresh slice jalapenos, fresh mint or basil leaves.
To add as a side or for those that aren't crazy about salads and would rather have a banh mi sandwich, you can always slice a fresh French baguette, place it under the broiler to toast.