Spicy Thai Salad

Spicy Thai Salad

As you might have already been able to tell, I’m not the biggest veggie fanatic. And neither is Peter (we like cheese and meat, is that such a crime?!). But I do know it’s important to incorporate vegetables into our diet and living in Asia has really made me appreciate fresh vegetables even more.

I love going to the wet markets in Hong Kong and throughout Southeast Asia and seeing the fresh produce piled high. Contrary to the US where you can go to a one-stop grocery shop  and pick up everything you need, you’ll rarely find every vegetable you want at a single market stand. But part of what makes shopping at the market so enjoyable, is getting to walk around and see all the variety. Plus I love seeing produce go in and out of season and coming up with recipes based on what I find available (is it just me or does some produce never seem to go “out of season” in the US?).

Maeklong Railway Market in Bangkok

Check out all those fresh vegetables at the Maeklong Railway Market in Bangkok

Maeklong Railway Market in Bangkok

No shortage of chilies in Thailand

One of my favorite markets I’ve seen so far? The Maeklong Railway Market in Bangkok which is developed on and around an active train track (market photos in this post are from Maeklong). Yes, I said, active. When the train comes by a few times a day, all the shops move their goods and pull back their canopies for the train to pass just inches away from their noses.

Maeklong Railway Market in Bangkok

Just casually waiting for the train to pass

Maeklong Railway Market in Bangkok

Selling along the tracks

Maeklong Railway Market in Bangkok

With this Spicy Thai Salad you can use a variety of veggies – carrots, cucumber, lettuce, kale, sprouts, green papaya, whatever you have on hand and whatever is in season. Chop them all up and toss them in the light, but flavorful spicy Thai dressing and you’ve got yourself a salad that even I often crave.

Spicy Thai Salad

That’s right, me craving a salad. Peter even gobbled it up quite quickly and happily.Since this salad is so easy to put together, you have no excuses for not meeting your vegetable quota for the day.

Spicy Thai Salad

Spicy Thai Salad

At home I use 2 bird’s eye chilies to make it nice and hot, but if you’re feeling timid, feel free to just use 1 chili and remember that the seeds add a lot of spice, so the less seeds you add, the less heat you’ll have. Although I also find that the spicier the dressing is, the less oil you may need (if that is something you are concerned about), although this recipe really only uses a dash of it.

Spicy Thai Salad

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes

Spicy Thai Salad

Ingredients

  • dressing
  • 1/2 tsp vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp fish sauce
  • 1/2 tsp sesame oil
  • 1/2 tsp water
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • dash of pepper
  • juice of 1 lime
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped
  • 1-2 bird's eye chilies, chopped
  • various salad veggies
  • 1 medium carrot, thinly sliced/shredded
  • 1 cucumber, thinly sliced/ shredded
  • head of romaine lettuce, chopped

Instructions

  1. In a medium bowl, mix all the dressing ingredients (vinegar, fish sauce, sesame oil, water, olive oil, pepper, chilies, lime garlic)
  2. Add carrots, cucumber, lettuce (and any other salad vegetables) to a large bowl
  3. Pour dressing over vegetables
  4. Toss until salad is coated with dressing
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  • Jen

    You had me at “spicy Thai!” I love Thai food. Do you think this would be ok without the fish sauce to make it vegan?

    • Yes you certainly could! Try substituting with just 1/4 tsp of soy sauce instead (and possibly also a pinch of salt to taste).