Banh Mi Bread Salad

You’ll want to think of this dish as a cross between Italian Panzanella and the Vietnamese Banh Mi Sandwich….two of my very favorite things on earth.  It’s an Italian-Asian Fusion dish of sorts…one that explodes with flavor and textural crunch…honestly it’s amazing. I could have shoveled eaten a few more plates full.

One of the secrets to the Banh Mi sandwich, and this salad of course, is perfectly seasoned meat. This is why I use my fave sausage by Johnsonville. I seriously love their stuff when it comes to flavor. And no one is paying me to say that! It’s just good. And it works. This recipe is no exception.

With lots of pickled, crunchy veggies like carrots, cucumbers and daikon radish the salad has a great taste. Have you ever had daikon radish? It’s much milder than the red radish but gives a really nice flavor.

And the bread….swoon. I used a crusty Tuscan loaf. Any type of thick crusted bread will do…it was awesome when flavored with the salad ingredients and baked with a spicy Sriracha oil.


The salad is finished off with a garlic-chili mayo, which basically takes it to the next level. It really. packs a flavor punch.

I’m afraid to make it again soon, I know I could eat the whole thing myself…yikes.

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Banh Mi Bread Salad

Recipe from: Created by Noble Pig | Serves: 6



  • 1 whole English cucumber, peeled and cut into 1/2" cubes
  • 6 ounces matchstick carrots (you can buy them already cut up this way)
  • 6 ounces daikon radish, cut into 2" matchsticks 1/8" thick
  • 1-1/2 cups granulated sugar, divided
  • 2 Tablespoons table salt
  • 1 cup white vinegar
  • 1 cup water


  • 3/4 pound crusty loaf of bread
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons pure sesame oil
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons Sriracha
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 teaspoons Sriracha
  • 4 teaspoons chili garlic paste
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lime juice
  • 2 teaspoons fish sauce


  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh mint, more for garnish
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro, more for garnish
  • 1 (15 ounce) package Johnsonville Italian ground sausage
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup pickling juice from veggies made earlier.


  • For the pickiling, place cucumber, daikon, carrot, 1/2 cup sugar and salt in a medium bowl. Use your hands to massage the salt and sugar into the vegetables until they begin to soften and release water. Let sit for 30 minutes, then drain. Combine the vinegar, remaining 1 cup of sugar and water in a medium bowl, mix until the sugar is dissolved. Pour the vinegar mixture over the drained vegetables and refrigerate until ready to use, at least one hour. (Note: You will be using 1/4 cup of this juice in the recipe later, do not throw out.)
  • For the bread, preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cut bread into 3/4" cubes and place in a large bowl. Combine oils, Sriracha and season to taste with salt and pepper. Toss oil mixture well with bread cubes. Place bread on a large, rimmed baking sheet and season again with salt and pepper to taste. Bake until cubes are crusty, about 20 minutes. Toss occasionally while cooking.
  • Combine all ingredients for the chili-garlic mayonnaise in a small bowl. Place in a squeeze bottle. Set aside or refrigerate until use.
  • For the salad, chop mint and cilantro. Set aside. Combine olive oil and reserved pickiling juice in a bowl. Set aside. Cook sausage over medium-high heat until done.
  • Salad Assembly: Add toasted bread cubes to a very large bowl and toss well with olive oil-pickling juice mixture. Drain the cucumber-carrot mixture and add to bread bowl. Add mint, cilantro and cooked sausage and toss until well combined. Drizzle salad with chili-garlic-mayo and garnish with cilantro and mint leaves.

Dig in.

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Disclosure: Johnsonville provided the sausage for this post. However, all opinions are my own.

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15 Comments and 9 Replies

  1. pam 1

    oh my gosh!! This is the perfect mix of all my favorite things too!

  2. This sounds so awesome! Yum!

  3. WOW! Talk about a flavor explosion! I love the mint-cilantro combination! This looks like a great recipe. The sausage is a surprising addition. Is it added hot to the salad?

    (My local Vietnamese restaurant puts a huge pile of mint, cilantro and bean sprouts on the table for you to garnish their fabulous chicken soup. All winter the lines are out the door for this soup…)

  4. Barbie with a T 7

    A few of my favorite things also! I am getting sort of tired of “salad” because that has been a regular meal for me all summer long….but the addition of bread takes it to a higher level the siraracha kicks it up a notch! Almost a complete turnaround from my regular salads. Thanks for this one.

  5. this is such a creative meal! I love it! We eat a lot of panzanella salads and I like the idea of trying a new spin on it!

  6. Fabulous!!! That looks awesome. So flavourful. :-D

  7. Anna 13

    This sounds amazing! I am going to save it for a day when I’m splurging on carbs.

  8. Good Grief this sounds good. I know I need to make this one, but I also need to make a Panzanella salad and a Bahn Mi sandwich … I’ve never had either.

  9. Cathy this is simply genius! next time you make it, let me know and I can come make sure you don’t have to eat the whole thing … ahem ;)

  10. Cathy, I love mixing nationalities in my cooking and I also love banh mi sandwiches! If you ever get into the big city ;), we should go to my favorite little Vietnamese spot. They have great sandwiches and they sell their baguettes which are so crusty on the outside and soft on the inside.
    Looks great!!

  11. I’m totally intrigued by this salad! Definitely going to have to try it!

  12. Pam 19

    Oh Cathy – that looks and sounds incredible!!!

  13. Chantel G 20

    Awesome flavors, Cathy! This was sooooo nummy! Thank you, thank you! (Your Bahn Mi Burger was also delish, btw.) I think it’s the spicy mayo that puts both dishes over the top for me. :)

  14. Cathy,

    Just made this last night for supper and it was INCREDIBLE!! It tasted like all my favorite Thai flavors mixed in a delicious bread salad. Very reminiscent of Thai summer rolls, but with a twist. Thank you for this genius recipe!!

  15. Anne 24

    Those two foods are my favorites,too! I made this last night and it was absolutely heaven. Could eat this every day! It is a fun dish to make. Thank you, Cathy!!!


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