Raw Pad Thai Salad with Sweet Chilli Prawns

This Pad Thai-inspired salad is quick, easy and ready in under 30 minutes. Full of fresh and crisp vegetables, herbs and crunchy peanuts, brought together with a creamy dressing.

Meal Prep

Breakdown

  • Start by preparing the ingredients for the salad.
  • Make the dressing.
  • Cook the prawns.
  • Add the prawns to the salad and then drizzle over the dressing; toss well to coat everything in the peanutty dressing.

Tips

  • You can also serve the salad in compartments (see image for reference), either in one large plate or plater, or individually.

  • If you'd like to serve this salad for lunch the next day, we recommend keeping the prawns and dressing separately; toss before serving. This keep the vegetables deliciously fresh and crispy which is a nice contrast to the creamy peanut dressing.

Meal prep guide -  if you followed the meal prep guide you would have already chopped the vegetables (excluding the cucumber) and herbs, roasted the peanuts and made the dressing.

This recipe serves four, if you’re cooking for two simply halve the recipe. To prevent food waste we recommend buying one small capsicum.

INGREDIENTSIngredients

Salad

  • 2 carrots (julienned or grated)
  • 1 red capsicum (finely sliced)
  • ½ red cabbage (finely sliced)
  • ½ cucumber (finely sliced)
  • 3 spring onions (finely sliced)
  • ⅓ cup peanuts (roasted and roughly chopped)
  • ½ cup coriander (roughly chopped)
  • ½ cup mint (roughly chopped)

Dressing

  • ¼ cup smooth peanut butter
  • 1 lime (juice)
  • 2 Tbsp tamari
  • 2 - 4 Tbsp water
  • 1 Tbsp ginger (grated)
  • 1 Tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 garlic clove (crushed)
  • 1 tsp sesame oil

Sweet chilli prawns

  • 500g prawns (defrosted and patted dry)
  • 2 Tbsp sweet chilli
  • Olive oil
METHODMethod
  1. Start by preparing the ingredients for the salad and then place them into a large mixing bowl and toss to combine. Set aside while you prepare everything else.

  2. To make the dressing, add all the ingredients into a bowl and mix until combined and creamy; set aside.

  3. To cook the prawns, add oil to a large fry pan over high heat. Once hot, add the prawns and cook for two minutes or so on each side, then add the sweet chilli; toss to coat, then remove from the pan.

  4. Add the prawns to the salad, then drizzle over the dressing; toss well to coat everything in the peanutty dressing.  
VARIATIONS

Vegetables

  • Add raw broccoli, finely shaved.

  • Add mung beans.

  • Add julienned zucchini.

Protein

  • For a vegetarian option, omit the prawns and swap for 300g of firm tofu cut into bite-sized cubes. Pan fry until golden, before adding the sweet chilli to the pan.

  • Add edamame beans.
  • Swap prawns for miso chicken.

Ingredients

  • 500 - 600g chicken (cut into thin slices)
  • 1 Tbsp honey
  • 1 Tbsp miso paste
  • 1 Tbsp tamari
  • 2 cloves of garlic (crushed)
  • 1 tbsp ginger (grated)
  • 1 Tbsp coconut oil (for cooking)

Method

  • In a medium sized bowl combine all the ingredients and allow to marinate for 30 minutes. (we recommend doing this first then get started on preparing the vegetables)

  • To cook the miso chicken, heat coconut oil in a large pan over a medium-high heat. Add the chicken and cook for 3-4 minutes on either side until cooked through and caramelised.

Other

  • Swap peanuts for cashews

  • Swap peanut butter for almonds butter

  • For a more substantial salad, add rice noodles.