Pad Thai Salad

This Pad Thai salad is a vegetarian inspired take on the famous pad Thai dish.

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?

Pad thai salad

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.

It’s similar to my Thai Kohlrabi Noodle Salad except this pad Thai salad has the creamy effect from the almond butter in the dressing.

Pad thai vegetable 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.

Sorry, paleo.

More Thai inspired recipes:

Thai Pineapple Fried Rice
Sticky Thai Chicken
Spicy Thai Carrot and Kale Salad
Thai Basil Cashew Chicken Skillet
Thai Chicken Zucchini Noodles

Pad Thai Salad

Pad Thai Salad

Yield: 1-2 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

This Pad Thai salad is a vegetarian inspired take on the famous pad Thai dish.


For the Salad

  • 1 cup cabbage, shredded
  • 4-5 large leaves of swiss chard, sliced/chiffonade
  • 1/2 yellow pepper, sliced thin
  • 1/2 cup bean sprouts
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1/4 cup chopped cashews
  • 2 green onions, chopped
  • 2 small chili peppers, diced
  • 1 egg, scrambled

For the Dressing

  • juice of 1/2 a lime
  • 1/2 teaspoon white wine vinegar
  • 1 small garlic clove, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 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. Heidi @foodiecrush

    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 .

  2. Erin | The Law Student's Wife

    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!

  3. Heather

    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!

    1. Running to the Kitchen Post author

      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. :)

  4. wymberley

    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?

    1. Running to the Kitchen Post author

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

  5. Joanne T Ferguson

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

  6. DessertForTwo

    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! :)

  7. Tabitha

    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!

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