Purple Cabbage Chicken Salad (Goi Ga Bap Cai Tim) - Refreshing, Crispy Salad | recipe from runawayrice.com

Purple Cabbage Chicken Salad / Goi Ga Bap Cai Tim

Course: Salad
Cuisine: Asian, Vietnamese
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 242 kcal
Author: Trang

This easy recipe for Purple Cabbage Chicken Salad (Goi Ga Bap Cai Tim) is one of my favorite light and healthy salads. Loaded with nutrient-dense purple cabbage, crunchy carrots, lean chicken, marinated onions, fresh herbs and a zesty dressing, this vibrantly colored salad is refreshing, flavorful, and down-right satisfying. Super easy to make, this healthy salad uses fresh vegetables and boneless skinless chicken breast. The lime juice fish sauce dressing is bold and tangy. Toss it into the Purple Cabbage Chicken Salad or serve on the side. This scrumptious salad makes an amazing appetizer or main dish. Enjoy!



  • 1 inch knob ginger
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 lb chicken , boneless and skinless
  • 3/4 lb purple cabbage
  • 1 large carrot
  • 1/2 medium yellow onion
  • 2 Tbsp sugar
  • 2 Tbsp white vinegar
  • 6 sprigs spearmint , washed and plucked
  • 8 sprigs Vietnamese coriander , washed and plucked
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup crushed roasted peanuts


  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup lime juice , about 3 limes
  • 1/4 cup fish sauce
  • 1 Tbsp garlic , finely chopped
  • 2 red chilis , finely chopped


Making the Salad

  1. Remove the skin from the ginger and discard.
  2. Bring a medium pot of water to a rapid boil. Add 1 tsp salt, the ginger and the chicken. Bring the water to a boil again. Reduce the heat to Low. Cover the pot and cook the chicken for 15-25 minutes depending on the thickness of the meat. Transfer the chicken to a bowl and allow to cool. When the chicken is cool enough to handle, tear it into small pieces.
  3. Remove any damaged or wilted outer purple cabbage leaves and discard. Quarter the cabbage. Remove the white core from each section and discard. Thinly slice the cabbage. Transfer the purple cabbage into a large salad spinner and rinse with cold water. Drain well. Spin the cabbage dry.
  4. Peel the carrot. Cut into 3 inch long sections. Shred the carrot into a medium bowl using a mandoline.

  5. Thinly slice the yellow onion. Transfer the onions into a large bowl of ice water. Let soak for 5 minutes. Drain the onions and transfer into a medium bowl. Add sugar and white vinegar and toss together.
  6. Roughly chop the spearmint and Vietnamese coriander.

Making the Dressing

  1. In a small bowl, add the sugar, lime juice and fish sauce. Stir together dissolving the sugar. Add the chopped garlic and chilis and combine together.

Assembling and Serving the Salad

  1. In a large bowl, add the purple cabbage, carrots, shredded chicken and marinated onions. Toss together combining everything well. Top with freshly ground black pepper and the chopped herbs.
  2. To serve the salad, transfer a generous amount to a large plate. Top with a spoonful of the crushed roasted peanuts. Serve the Purple Cabbage Chicken Salad with a side of the zesty dressing.
  3. Store any remaining amounts in the refrigerator. Enjoy the salad within 2-3 days for the best flavors and freshness.

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Nutrition Facts
Purple Cabbage Chicken Salad / Goi Ga Bap Cai Tim
Amount Per Serving
Calories 242 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Fat 9g14%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 28mg9%
Sodium 1241mg54%
Potassium 409mg12%
Carbohydrates 32g11%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 25g28%
Protein 10g20%
Vitamin A 2760IU55%
Vitamin C 63.3mg77%
Calcium 54mg5%
Iron 1.3mg7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.