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Banh Mi Bowls

  • Author: Lauren
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes (pickling time)
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings (3 cups pickled vegetables, 3 cups jackfruit mixture and ½ cup sauce) 1x
  • Category: Lunch / Dinner
  • Method: Bowl
  • Cuisine: Vietnamese

Description

Satisfying Vegetarian Banh Mi Bowls with delicious saucy jackfruit, pickled vegetables and a creamy 3-ingredient sauce. Finished with fresh basil and cilantro, these bowls are a healthy way to enjoy the beloved Vietnamese sandwich.


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Ingredients

Quick Pickled Vegetables

  • ¾ cup white or rice vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup thinly sliced carrots
  • 1 cup thinly sliced Daikon (or regular radishes)
  • 1 cup thinly sliced English cucumber

Spicy Mayo Sauce

  • ¼ cup plain Greek yogurt  
  • ¼ cup olive oil mayonnaise  
  • 2 teaspoons chili garlic sauce

Banh Mi Jackfruit

  • 1 tablespoon *fish sauce 
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 2 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
  • Black pepper
  • 18 ounces prepared jackfruit (two 9-ounce packages)
  • 3 cups cooked jasmine or brown rice
  • Fresh basil and cilantro for serving

Instructions

Quick Pickled Vegetables

Whisk together vinegar, honey and salt in a medium bowl. Add carrots, Daikon and cucumber and toss to combine; let sit at least 15 minutes, tossing occasionally.

Spicy Mayo Sauce

Combine yogurt, mayonnaise and chili garlic sauce; set aside.

Banh Mi Jackfruit

Combine fish sauce, lime juice, soy sauce, honey, oil, garlic, ginger and a few cracks of black pepper in a bowl. Add jackfruit and toss to coat.

Optional: heat jackfruit in the microwave for 1–2 minutes on high until heated through.

To serve, divide rice and jackfruit between serving bowls. Top with a few scoops of pickled vegetables and drizzle with spicy mayo sauce. Finish with a handful of basil and cilantro.


Notes

*to keep this vegetarian, use liquid aminos. Some vegetarians are willing to use fish sauce which is why I kept it in.

Make it vegan:

  • Use liquid aminos in place of the fish sauce
  • Use vegan mayonnaise instead of the regular mayonnaise and yogurt
  • Use agave syrup instead of honey

Use a different protein:

You can easily swap in cooked chicken (rotisserie for a super quick meal), shredded pork, ground pork, pork meatballs, turkey, tofu, etc.

Gluten-free note:

  • Just an FYI, not all soy sauces are gluten-free, if you need this to be gluten-free, be sure to seek out GF soy sauce.

Keywords: Banh Mi Bowl, Jackfruit bowl