All the flavors from our favorite Banh Mi sandwich turned into a dinner salad loaded with fresh juicy veggies and topped with a Sriracha Aioli makes this one of our favorite dinners.
1.5 pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs
2 cloves garlic, minced
3 Tablespoons soy sauce or coconut aminos
2 Teaspoons sambal chili paste
1 Tablespoon maple syrup
Sriracha Lime Aioli:
1 egg, left at room temperature for 30 minutes
2 Tablespoons fresh lime juice
1 Teaspoon sea salt
2–4 Tablespoons sriracha chili sauce
3/4 cup avocado oil
1 butterhead lettuce, weighing 1 pound 4 ounces
2 cucumbers, weighing 1 pound
1 pound carrots, peeled and grated
3 Tablespoons rice wine vinegar
1 Tablespoon maple syrup
1 small bunch cilantro, roughly chopped – about 2 ounces
1 small bunch basil, roughly chopped – about 1 ounce
Soy Sauce or Coconut Aminos for serving
Combine all the ingredients for the sate chicken and refrigerate 8 hours or overnight.
For the aioli, place the egg, fresh lime juice, sea salt, and minimum amount of sriracha (if you’re using it) into a blender. Start blending on low, increasing the speed to 3 or 4 on a Vitamix, slowly add the avocado oil in a thin stream.
Continue to blend until all the oil has been added, and the aioli has become thick. At this point, taste it and see if you might want to add more sriracha. Transfer the aioli to a container and refrigerate – I used a squeeze bottle to get the cool looking lines across the salad.
For the salad, cut the lettuce into bite sized pieces, wash, and spin it dry. Transfer it to a serving bowl.
Peel 4-5 strips from each cucumber and cut off both ends. Cut the cucumber into quarters lengthwise, and then thinly slice the quarters crosswise to make triangles – add the cucumbers to the serving bowl.
Toss the grated carrots with the rice wine vinegar and maple syrup in a separate bowl and let them ‘pickle’ while you finish the recipe.
Preheat the grill over high heat.
Add the roughly chopped herbs to the serving bowl with the lettuce and cucumbers.
Place the chicken on the grill and immediately lower the heat to medium. Cook the chicken 6-8 minutes per side (the timing will depend on the size of your chicken thighs). A good way to tell if they’re ready to flip is when they’re no longer sticking to the grill, and they have nice grill marks.
When the chicken has cooled enough to handle, chop it into bite sized pieces or into strips like the photos.
Toss the carrot mixture in with the rest of the salad and serve it with the chicken.
Top each individual salad with sriracha aioli and soy sauce or coconut aminos to taste. The juices from the chicken combine with the pickled carrots, aioli and soy sauce to form a dressing.
The sriracha lime aioli makes enough for 2 recipes, but it can’t be downsized. If you’re looking for less quantity, try mixing together a good quality mayonnaise with sriracha and fresh lime juice to taste.
- Prep Time: 45 mins
- Cook Time: 15 mins
- Category: Dinner
- Method: Grilling
- Cuisine: Asian
Keywords: Banh MI Salad Recipes, Vietnamese Banh Mi Salad, Saté Chicken Salad