Thai Peanut Salad

By Rena |

Fresh, nutty, and zesty, this Thai Peanut Salad is just bursting with flavor! Ready in just minutes, this is a quick and easy side dish, or add some healthy protein to make it a meal. It’s naturally gluten-free and vegetarian, and can easily be made vegan.

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This has to be one of my favorite salad recipes. This Thai Peanut Salad tastes absolutely amazing and it’s really healthy too! Loaded with cabbage, carrots, bell pepper, green onions, and cilantro, it all gets drizzled in a mouth-watering peanut dressing and sprinkled with crushed peanuts for a bit of crunch.

The best part? It takes just a few minutes to toss it all together. It’s an excellent side dish anytime, or you can make it for lunch. Just add a healthy protein to round out the meal, and it will keep you full until dinner. I particularly enjoy it with salmon or chicken!

Why you will love this recipe

  • Simple: There is no cooking required in this Thai Salad Recipe! Just chop up the vegetables, whip up the dressing, and toss it all together.
  • Quick: This fast healthy salad is ready in 10 minutes or less! Perfect for a quick lunch, snack, or side dish with dinner.
  • Healthy: Loaded with vegetables and nuts for some healthy fats, this salad recipe is raw and so good for you!
  • Goes with anything: I like to eat this on its own or with a lean protein like chicken breast, salmon, or tofu.
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Ingredients you will need for this easy Thai salad  

  • Cabbage: One whole head of any color of cabbage will work for this recipe! You should opt for the round, firm varieties of cabbage rather than the loose pointy ones.
  • Carrots: Carrots add natural sweetness and a pop of color. Try parsnips as a substitute.
  • Herbs: Green onions and cilantro bring out this healthy Thai Peanut Salad recipe’s freshness. You could use 1/4-1/2 a red onion instead of green onion if needed.
  • Bell pepper: Sweet colors like red, orange, and yellow are perfect for this recipe.
  • Peanuts: Peanuts add a little crunchy texture. My favorite part!
  • Seasoning: Simple kosher salt and pepper, to taste

For the Thai Salad Dressing:

  • Peanut butter: Creamy peanut butter is best to make this Thai peanut dressing nice and smooth. Make sure that it is 100% peanuts with no extra sugars for the healthiest version!
  • Coconut aminos: Sweet, salty, and tangy, coconut aminos are a delicious soy sauce alternative. You can add soy sauce instead, just adjust the honey to sweeten it to taste.
  • Lemon: Both the zest and juice add bright citrus notes. Lime is great in this recipe too!
  • Honey: Honey adds sweetness to the Thai peanut salad dressing. Maple syrup is a great alternative if needed.
  • Water: Use a little water to thin the dressing as desired
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How to make this Thai Peanut salad recipe

1. Make the dressing: Whisk the dressing ingredients in a large bowl until smooth. Add water as needed to thin it until it reaches your desired consistency.

Mixing the Thai Salad Dressing with a whisk.

2. Add veggies: Stir in the cabbage, carrots, green onions, pepper, cilantro, and peanuts.

Vegetables and peanuts in a bowl.

3. Season and toss: Season to your taste and thoroughly toss to coat the salad with the creamy peanut dressing.

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Tips for Success

  • Add a protein to make it a meal: Round out this recipe with a healthy protein like chicken, turkey, or fish. It’s so filling this way!
  • Double the Thai Salad Dressing and save some for salads throughout the week.
  • Make it vegan by adding maple syrup instead of honey.
  • Make it paleo by adding almond butter instead of peanut butter, and slithered almonds or crushed pecans instead of peanuts.
  • Store in an airtight container for up to 3 days.
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Frequently Asked Questions

What is Thai dressing made of?

Just a few simple pantry staples make this delicious Thai salad dressing: peanut butter, coconut aminos, lemon, and honey. All you have to do is mix the ingredients together and thin it with a little water until the dressing reaches your desired consistency.

What is Thai Peanut Sauce called?

Thai Peanut Sauce is commonly called Satay Sauce. It can be used as a salad dressing or a dip or marinade for meats.

What goes with Thai Peanut Salad?

Although this salad tastes amazing on its own, it’s also great with protein or as a side salad to another dish. Here are my favorite recipes to serve this salad alongside:
Chicken Satay with Peanut Sauce
Shrimp Pad Thai
Healthy Chicken Pad Thai
Thai Basil Chicken
Sweet and Spicy Asian Chili Chicken Breasts
Asian Chicken Lettuce Cups
Honey Glazed Salmon

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Thai Peanut Salad

Fresh, nutty, and zesty, this Thai Peanut Salad is just bursting with flavor! Ready in just minutes, this is a quick and easy side dish, or add some healthy protein to make it a meal. It's naturally gluten-free and vegetarian, and can easily be made vegan.
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Course: Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine: thai
Diet: Low Fat
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 346kcal
Author: Rena

Ingredients

  • 1 medium head cabbage shredded
  • 2 carrots shredded
  • 1/2 bunch green onions sliced
  • 1 red bell pepper thinly sliced
  • 1/2 bunch cilantro chopped
  • 2/3 cup chopped roasted peanuts
  • Kosher salt and pepper to taste

Dressing:

  • 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 2 tbsp coconut aminos
  • 1 lemon zest, and juice
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 2-3 tbsp water to thin the dressing as desired

Instructions

  • Whisk the dressing in a large bowl until smooth. Add water as needed to thin it until it reaches your desired consistency.
  • Stir in the cabbage, carrots, green onions, pepper, cilantro, and peanuts.
  • Season to your taste and thoroughly toss to coat the salad with the creamy peanut dressing.

Notes

  • Add a protein to make it a meal: Round out this recipe with a healthy protein like chicken, turkey, or fish. It’s so filling this way!
  • Double the Thai Salad Dressing and save some for salads throughout the week.
  • Make it vegan by adding maple syrup instead of honey.
  • Make it paleo by adding almond butter instead of peanut butter, and slithered almonds or crushed pecans instead of peanuts.
  • Store in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

Nutrition

Calories: 346kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g | Monounsaturated Fat: 10g | Sodium: 990mg | Potassium: 872mg | Fiber: 11g | Sugar: 17g | Vitamin A: 6287IU | Vitamin C: 138mg | Calcium: 144mg | Iron: 2mg
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