Pad thai salad

Thai salad

This whole paleo challenge thing the second time around hasn’t been so easy. It’s warmer, there’s ice cream to be had on weekends and pizzas to devour when your husband has this new obsession with homemade ones on the weekend and that’s just way more fun than paleo. Honestly, the only thing keeping me from saying “screw it” to the whole shebang has been the fact that we’re partnered up this time. If I cheat, my partner gets no points for the day and vice versa. The guilt. It gets me.

Did I want to eat a salad the other day for lunch?

Nope. Not at all.

So I made it really pretty, made a kick ass creamy, spicy dressing that I drenched it in and tried to excite myself about a bunch of leafy greens that were supposed to mimic my favorite Thai dish except minus the best part, the noodles.

Thai salad

And shockingly, it worked.

The only bad thing about this was the fact that I ate it not even 30 minutes before a sled pull workout. Not my brightest idea.

Thai salad

Now only if I could kick this 10pm cookie craving I’m currently having while writing this with a giant colorful salad.

After finding this recipe last weekend, I’m thinking the salad is gonna lose this battle.

Sorry, paleo.

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Pad thai salad
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A salad version of the famous Pad Thai dish.
Serves: 1-2
  • 1 cup cabbage, shredded
  • 4-5 large leaves of swiss chard, sliced/chiffonade
  • ½ yellow pepper, sliced thin
  • ½ cup bean sprouts
  • ¼ cup chopped cilantro
  • ¼ cup chopped cashews
  • 2 green onions, chopped
  • 2 small chili peppers, diced
  • 1 egg, scrambled
  • juice of ½ a lime
  • ½ teaspoon white wine vinegar
  • 1 small garlic clove, minced
  • ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
  • 2 tablespoons almond butter
  • 2-3 tablespoons almond milk
  1. Arrange salad ingredients in a bowl.
  2. Whisk together dressing ingredients in a small bowl. Start with 2 tablespoons almond milk and whisk in more as needed to get desired consistency.
  3. Pour dressing over salad and enjoy.
Lightly adapted from A Couple Cooks


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  1. 1

    LOVE pad thai! This sounds wonderful all lightened up and its so pretty! So excited that I have everything to make this for lunch today! :)

  2. 2

    Dieting no matter which diet you’re on is so hard to do, check out my friend Heather’s site for more paleo recipes, she has lots of tasty versions and an ecookbook too. Good luck .

  3. 3

    I love the sound of this but have to admit, I’m not sure if I could ever give up the noodles! Looks amazing, Gina!

  4. 4

    Have our husbands been talking? Mine has been requesting homemade pizza almost every week for the past month and a half! I’m a Thai food junkie, and your salad is loaded with some of my favorite flavors. Plus, it’s a knock out!

  5. 5

    Girl, I don’t know how you’re doing the paleo thing again, but I guess they knew what they were doing with the partner thing ;)

    Seriously though, this is dinner next week. Yet another one of your recipes that I’ll be coveting til I make it!

    • 6
      Running to the Kitchen says:

      I’m really half-assing it this time around ;) 2 out of 3 meals qualifying as paleo is a good day. I’m just so over it and ice cream > potential six-pack abs. Always. :)

  6. 7

    I could never do the paleo thing but I could sure eat this salad for breakfast, lunch and dinner!

  7. 8

    LOVE your honesty and even though you were not in the mood for that salad, it does look beautiful! Have a wonderful weekend and enjoy this beautiful weather! :)

  8. 9

    Challenge aside, I am a firm believer in a “cheat” meal. If you are craving it…Make it! The salad looks fantastic BTW.
    Question, How did you get the recipe printing widgget on your site?

    • 10
      Running to the Kitchen says:

      I use Easy Recipe as my plugin for recipes which includes that print feature.

  9. 11

    Love this idea! It looks fabulous!

    Thanks for sharing :)

  10. 12

    I love this salad! What a great idea to make Pad Thai into a salad!

  11. 13
    Joanne T Ferguson says:

    LOVE pad thai too!
    Your photos enhances this healthy dish for me to now put on the list too! Thank you!

  12. 14

    I love Pad Thai! What a great idea to combine all the delicious flavors of that dish into a fresh salad! Can’t wait to try this one soon.

  13. 15

    Your salad looks amazing! I love putting lime on my salad. It adds so much flavor and kick!

  14. 16

    Great looking salad! The warm weather definitely makes me want ice cream too.

  15. 17

    This salad looks gorgeous!

    Are you doing a paleo challenge? Is it just for fun or health reasons? I’m just curious. I’ll probably find my answer if I just go back a few posts, so I’m off! :)

  16. 18
    Tabitha says:

    You have CHANGED my life with this recipe! I can’t tell you how long I’ve been craving Pad Thai for … and every curry recipe just hasn’t done it. Well, you did it! Made this for lunch today and everyone at work is asking “what is that you’re eating- it smells delightful!” Because it is. THANK YOU!

  17. 19
    Tabitha says:

    … and of course I forgot to rate it! Silly question, really. Because it’s amazing!!

  18. 20

    I order pad thai every single time we go out for Thai food. What a fun salad idea! Wish it would help with the cookie cravings, because I could totally use that!


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