Crunchy Thai Noodle Salad

I am actually really not a salad fan. As in, at all. I eat it as a duty to my health while I crave a big bowl of spaghetti bolognese and fudgy chocolate brownies for dessert. So I see noodle salads as a good compromise to help make salads more palatable for me and get my veggies. This week I made an incredible crunchy Thai noodle salad inspired by one I had at a local Thai restaurant not too long ago. It blew my mind with how flavorful it was. I actually ENJOYED a salad, people!! This version was really simple to make, and the dressing was the star for sure.

Said dressing had a base of yummy almond butter that I blended with lots of soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, garlic and honey. It came together in minutes and it was SO close to the dressing on the restaurant salad. I made a huge batch that allowed me to dress the salad generously and still have some leftover!
Once I made the dressing, I turned my attention to the rice noodles. These were flat, Pad Thai style rice noodles that only took a couple of minutes to boil. Then I ran them really thoroughly under cold water. That washed away a lot of the starch so that they weren’t gummy and yucky in the salad.
The rest of the salad was all crunchy goodness. I used lots of red cabbage, rainbow carrots, red bell pepper, red onion, scallions, cilantro and cashews. The combination of all of those veggies was amazing!!

I just tossed all of those glorious ingredients and dressing together and my crunchy Thai noodle salad was ready! With all of the flavors and tender noodles I totally forgot that I was eating a pretty healthy meal that was, *gasp*, salad. Hope you all enjoy it too! It’s really refreshing for summer and stays crunchy for a couple of days to make it ahead. xoxo

Crunchy Thai Noodle Salad
Crunchy Thai Noodle Salad
5 from 4 votes
Crunchy Thai Noodle Salad
Crunchy Thai Noodle Salad
Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
2 mins
Total Time
32 mins

This is such an incredible and satisfying crunchy Thai noodle salad packed with yummy veggies and tossed in a sensational almond butter dressing!

Course: Salad
Keyword: Noodle Salad, Thai Noodle Salad
Servings: 8
Calories: 449 kcal
Author: Jeanie and Lulu's Kitchen
  • 1/2 cup almond butter
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 6 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 6 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
  • 6 tablespoons honey
  • 6 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 2 whole limes zested and juiced
  • 8 ounces Pad Thai style rice noodles
  • 2 cups shredded red cabbage
  • 2 cups shredded carrots I used a bunch of rainbow carrots
  • 1 whole red onion thinly sliced
  • 4 whole scallions thinly sliced
  • 1 whole red bell pepper seeded and thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh cilantro roughly chopped
  • 1/2 cup cashews roughly chopped
  1. First, get a large pot of water on the stove to boil for the noodles. Then make the dressing. Combine all of the dressing ingredients in a blender and blend it all together thoroughly into a gorgeous, flavorful dressing. This makes a double batch to dress the salad with plenty to your taste and still have some leftover. Set the dressing aside and cook the noodles according to the directions on the package. Mine just boiled for a couple of minutes before I drained them and ran them thoroughly under cold water.

  2. Toss the cooked noodles with the cabbage, carrot, red onion, scallions, bell pepper, cilantro and cashews and enough dressing to really coat it well to your taste. Serve immediately and enjoy as a refreshing, cold summer salad! It also keeps well and stays crunchy for a couple of days in a sealed container if you make it ahead. 

Nutrition Facts
Crunchy Thai Noodle Salad
Amount Per Serving (1 bowl)
Calories 449 Calories from Fat 136
% Daily Value*
Fat 15.1g23%
Saturated Fat 2.4g15%
Sodium 807mg35%
Potassium 316mg9%
Carbohydrates 73g24%
Fiber 3.7g15%
Sugar 17.3g19%
Protein 5.5g11%
Calcium 30mg3%
Iron 1.8mg10%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Crunchy Thai Noodle Salad
Crunchy Thai Noodle Salad



16 thoughts on “Crunchy Thai Noodle Salad”

  1. How delicious is THIS?! I love all the generous helpings of veggies. And the carrots and cabbage add a nice crunch!

  2. Noodles *definitely* make a salad more appealing…. This looks delicious. I wish I could reach into the computer and grab it for lunch : ).

  3. I drool over noodles as well. I like it more than rice (which the staple food in my part of the world). Thank you for the recipe. It would come handy. Pics look delicious. 🙂

  4. 5 stars
    You seriously always share the BEST recipes! I’m going to try and make this next week. I’ve been exploring cooking more now that my 3-year-old is eating more textures and types of food then he use to.

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