Pad Thai Salad with Peanut Tamarind Dressing
There is something magical about the rice noodle and peanut sauce combination. So bringing them both into a salad is a win for everyone; you get the amazing fresh flavors of pad thai with an extra boost of veggies. Tamarind paste is one of those ingredients that make you scratch your head and potentially abandon a recipe. But before you click away, try it!
I found this brand at Whole Foods and it really transforms the sauce into one that is authentically Thai tasting. It's sweet and sour (and sugar-free) and has a long shelf life. If you can't find tamarind paste, use a little extra lime juice and honey (or sweetener of choice) in the dressing. To complete the pad Thai salad, I like to add cooked shrimp or fried tofu.
Pad Thai Salad
with Peanut Tamarind Dressing
1 red bell pepper, cut into strips
4 scallions, thinly sliced
1/2 cup roasted, unsalted peanuts
1 small bunch cilantro, leaves torn off (amount to taste)
1 bunch basil, thinly sliced
1-2 medium carrots, shredded
200 grams dry rice noodles
1 lime for serving
bean sprouts, optional
4 cups spring mix, optional
PEANUT TAMARIND DRESSING
1/3 cup creamy, unsweetened peanut butter
1/4 - 1/2 cup water
1 tablespoon fish sauce or low-sodium gluten-free soy sauce
1 teaspoon honey
2 teaspoons fresh grated ginger
1 large garlic clove
1 tablespoon lime juice
1-2 tablespoons tamarind paste (depending on how tart you want it)
Cook the rice noodles according to package instructions.
Make the dressing: Add all dressing ingredients to a small bowl and whisk to combine. Start with 1/4 cup of water, but add more to thin out if needed.
Add remaining ingredients on top of rice noodles, drizzle with peanut tamarind dressing and squeeze fresh lime on top. Serve with extra peanuts, scallions and cilantro.