Thai noodle salad with peanut sauce is a flavorful and satisfying dish that combines the vibrant flavors of Thai cuisine with the delightful texture of noodles. With a handful of ingredients and a tangy peanut sauce, you can create a refreshing and wholesome salad that is perfect for any occasion. The combination of tender noodles, crunchy vegetables, and a creamy peanut sauce creates a harmonious balance of flavors and textures. Whether enjoyed as a main course or a side dish, this salad is a tantalizing blend of sweet, savory, and nutty notes, bringing the authentic taste of Thai cuisine to your table with every delicious bite.
Thai Noodle Salad with the Best Ever Peanut Sauce
- 6 oz dried noodles (brown rice noodles, pad thai style rice noodles, soba noodles)
- 4 cups mixed grated vegetables (cabbage, radish, carrot)
- 1 red bell pepper (finely sliced)
- 3 scallions (sliced)
- 1/2 bunch cilantro (chopped, can substitute basil or mint)
- 1 Tbsp jalapeño (finely chopped)
- 1/4-1/2 cup roasted peanuts (optional)
Thai Peanut Sauce
- 5 thin slices fresh ginger (cut across the grain, about the size of a quarter)
- 2 cloves garlic
- 1/2 cup peanut butter
- 1/2 cup fresh orange juice (about 1 fresh orange)
- 1/3 cup fresh lime juice (about 2 limes)
- 1/4 cup soy sauce (can substitute Bragg's Liquid Amino Acids: tamari will turn this unpleasantly dark)
- 1/3 cup honey, agave, or maple syrup
- 1/4 cup toasted sesame oil
- 1-1.5 tsp cayenne peppers (or sriracha sauce)
- 1 tsp salt
- Cook Noodles: Cook pasta according to directions on package. ( See notes for rice noodles) Drain and chill under cold running water.
- Blend the Peanut Sauce: while noodles are cooking, blend the peanut sauce ingredients together using a blender until smooth.
- Toss: Place shredded veggies, bell pepper, scallions, cilantro and jalapeño into a serving bowl. Toss. Add the cold noodles to the serving bowl and toss again. Pour some peanut sauce over top and toss well to combine- no need to use all, just use enough to coat well. ( Save the extra sauce for any leftover salad-as it can soak up the sauce overnight.)
- Noodles: If cooking pad thai style rice noodles, add the noodles to a pot of boiling water. Turn heat off, stir and let steep 2-3 minutes until tender, drain and run under cool water. Alternatively, pour boiling water over the noodles in a baking dish, let soak until softened, drain.
- Salad will keep 4 days in the fridge.