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Vietnamese Beef Meatball Salad

Vietnamese Beef Meatball Salad

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Prep Time

35 min



This Vietnamese style salad is one big crunch-fest. Cucumber, carrots and little gem form the base. Topped with spicy beef meatballs, garnished with roasted peanuts, coriander and lime and a warm shallot dressing. Delivering on Vietnamese flavour without the calories.

Prep Time

35 min



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For 2 people (double for 4)
1 shallot
1 lime
200g carrots
2 garlic cloves
1 soy sauce sachet (8ml) †
10g fresh coriander
1/2 cucumber
1 tbsp fish sauce †
roasted peanuts
1 bag of roasted peanuts †
chilli flakes 3.18
1/2 tsp fiery chilli flakes
2 little gem lettuce
British beef mince 2
250g British beef mince
You Will Need
Sugar, vegetable oil

Nutritional Information*

Percentages are based on an adult's daily intake

  • 1 shallot
  • 1 lime
  • carrots
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1 soy sauce sachet (8g)<span class="strong">†</span>
  • 10g coriander
  • 1/2 cucumber
  • 1 tbsp fish sauce<span class="strong">†</span>
  • 1 bag of roasted peanuts (25g)<span class="strong">†</span>
  • 1/2 tsp dried chilli flakes
  • 2 little gem lettuce
  • 250g British beef mince
Typical Values per 100g per serving
Energy 320 kJ
77 kcal
1863 kJ
447 kcal
of which saturates
2.4 g
0.7 g
14.2 g
3.9 g
of which sugars
2.5 g
2 g
14.4 g
11.7 g
Fibre 1.1 g 6.2 g
Protein 6 g 34.7 g
Salt 0.22 g 1.28 g
*Gousto’s nutritional information only applies to ingredients supplied by Gousto. The cooking process and additional ingredients added at home (listed under “What you’ll need”) will affect total values.
Ingredients contain
1 shallot
1 lime
1 garlic clove
1 soy sauce sachet (8g)
water, soya bean, wheat (gluten), salt, alcohol (ethanol)
10g coriander
1/2 cucumber
1 tbsp fish sauce
anchovy (fish) (65%), water, salt, sugar
1 bag of roasted peanuts (25g)
roasted peanut 96%, rapeseed oil. May contain sesame & nuts
1/2 tsp dried chilli flakes
dried chilli flakes
2 little gem lettuce
little gem lettuce
250g British beef mince
beef (100%)
  • Allergens highlighted by † (gluten, soya, fish, peanut)

In addition to the recipe specific allergen information provided, due to production and packing methods Gousto boxes may also contain low levels of the following allergens: Cereals containing gluten; Crustaceans; Eggs; Fish; Peanuts; Soya; Milk; Nuts: almonds, hazelnuts, walnuts, cashews ,pecan nuts ,brazil nuts, pistachio nuts, macadamia nuts; Celery; Sesame; Sulphur dioxide and Sulphites; Lupin; Molluscs; Mustard.

Cooking Instructions
Instructions for 2 people (double for 4)
1 Vietnamese Beef Meatball Salad

Pick the coriander leaves from their stalks 

Chop the stalks finely, keep the leaves separate 

Peel and finely chop (or grate) the garlic

2 Vietnamese Beef Meatball Salad

Add the beef mince, fish sauce, chilli flakes, chopped garlic and coriander stalks (reserve the leaves for later!) to a medium bowl and mix thoroughly until combined (use clean hands!)

Divide the beef mixture into 10 [20] and shape into meatballs

Refrigerate the mixture until later 



3 Vietnamese Beef Meatball Salad

Peel the carrot[s], then continue to peel lengths until you end up with a pile of carrot 'ribbons'

Slice the cucumber into rounds, then slice the disks into matchsticks 

Shred the little gem lettuce

4 Vietnamese Beef Meatball Salad

Heat a large, wide-based pan (preferably non-stick) with a matching lid, with a drizzle of vegetable oil over a medium heat

Once hot, add the chilled meatballs 

Cover with a lid and cook for 4-6 min, shaking occasionally so that the meatballs cook evenly

5 Vietnamese Beef Meatball Salad

Meanwhile, peel and slice the shallot[s] finely

Chop the roasted peanuts roughly

Roll the lime[s] with your hand on a hard surface (to release more juice!) and cut into wedges 

6 Vietnamese Beef Meatball Salad

Transfer the cooked meatballs to a plate - leave the cooking juices in the pan 

Add the shallot to the pan and cook over a medium heat for 1 min or until warmed through but not softened

Remove the pan from the heat and add the soy sauce and 1 tsp [2 tsp] sugar 

Squeeze the juice of 1/2 [1] lime into the pan and mix - this is your shallot dressing


7 Vietnamese Beef Meatball Salad

Add the shredded little gem lettucecucumber matchsticks and carrot ribbons to a large bowl

Add the shallot dressing and mix with cleans hands - this is your salad



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Serve the meatballs over the salad and garnish with the reserved coriander leaveschopped peanuts and a wedge of lime


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