Pad Thai Salad (Low Carb!)

This is a cracker of a salad!

Fresh, crunchy, satisfying with a deliciously sweet/sour/zingy/crazy dressing that will quickly become your new obsession.

I used my spirilizer to get the pad thai “noodley” effect, but you could just as easily use a veggie peeler to make ribbons instead.

I added left-over roast chicken to mine, but shrimp would be a winner too! Even tofu would hit the spot, if you’re that way inclined.

Swap out the occasional box of takeaway noodles for this pile of goodness:

And you’ll reap the rewards. A bowlful:

~ Is full of antioxidants and cancer fighters.

~ Chockablock with beta-carotene (anti ageing and metabolism boosting!)

~ Cleanses, fights all sorts of skin problems; from acne to dry skin, and even wrinkles.

~ Actively reduces cholesterol levels and battles heart disease.

~ Gives your liver a boost when it comes to clearing out past party sins.

~ Most importantly, fills you up with none of the bloating or inevitable regret!

It’s another cheeky Anti Diet recipe, that tastes so good you wont feel like you’re missing out.

Just look at all that flavour ^ oozing out all over the place!

To make enough for two generous portions, you’ll need:

1 Cucumber

2 Large carrots

2 Spring onions

1 Handful of fresh coriander

1 Handful of fresh mint

1 Handful of peanuts (roughly chopped/smashed)

A couple of handfuls of shredded chicken/beef/duck/prawn/tofu/boiled eggs/whatever you fancy!


Juice of 1 lime

3tbsp Sesame oil

3tbsp Soy sauce

1tbsp Fish sauce

1tbsp chilli flakes

1tsbp honey

1 Clove of garlic

I’m aware that this isn’t a classic Pad Thai recipe, but trust me… you’ll love it.

Start by turning your carrots and cucumber into noodles/ribbons. Pop them into a large bowl.

(If you’re in the market for a spiralizer, this is the best of any I’ve tried.)

Use a pair of scissors to snip the spring onions over the top.

Add your protein.

Snip over your coriander.

And your mint.

Now make you’re dressing.

Peel your garlic, add the rest of the ingredients.

Shake it up baby!

Twist and shout! Come on, come on, come, come on baby now, come on and work it on out!
Well work it on out, honey, you know you look so goooood…

Sorry, couldn’t resist.

Pour it over your salad.

Mmmm… breathe in that goodness! Fragrant.

Toss it up.

Bash up your nuts.

And sprinkle over the top.

Step back and admire your handiwork…

Phuket, let’s eat!

Tuck in.

Appethaising, or what?!

It’s easily converted into a packed lunch, too.

Just try and take the dressing separately, and pour it over when it’s Thai-m to feast.

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  • I am basically salivating at my desk. Ah my god… I want this! In South Africa, the new fad is banting (eating low carb, high fat) so this is the perfect recipe for this!! Thanks, Im definitely going to give it a try 🙂
    Lifestyle blog of a 25 year old around Cape Town, South Africa

  • Gabriella Granata

    Lovely, easy peasy recipe! Def going to be on my quick weekday meals list. Thank you for sharing! xx

  • I have been looking for a good healthy Pad Thai recipe ever since my return from Thailand. Thank you Rose!

    Sophie xxx

  • ninegrandstudent

    I made a similar salad a while back (recipe to be posted soon), I love replacing actual noodles with spiralised veg. I reckon big prawns would be amazing with this!

  • Becca

    I love the plates you have used! Can I ask were they are from? Xx
    I adore your blogs by the way 🙂 xx

  • Elena Gray

    All of your recipes are amazing – I take such great inspiration from you! And your photos are beautiful!
    Elena x

  • Alice Chadfield

    Was so excited to read this recipe but then -duh- realise that I already make pretty much the exact same thing already, but call it a vietnamese salad..! Great additions include finely shredded chinese leaf, thai basil (or regular basil) – and I always put grated ginger in the dressing. Yum though – I want this now!

  • Such a simple recipe!

  • Uli

    I can finally invite friends again. Looks super yummy! x

  • Peppermint Dolly

    Looks very yum!!


  • You should call it Rainbow pad thai, it’s so pretty!

    Lots of love,

    SilverSpoon London

  • This is definitely my kind of Pad Thai, and with a mum who also loves it I’m going to have to whip it up myself asap! Did you use a spiralizer for the noodles?

    Lauren x

    Britton Loves | Lifestyle Food Fashion Beauty –

  • I definitely need to get a spiralizer. I love the look of this dish, and it’s super healthy! Thanks for posting all of those health benefits, too.

    Monica – Mocha and Moccasins

  • PeonyandPeach

    This sounds delicious, I’ll definitely be trying it. My spiralizer has been my favourite thing ever since you mentioned it back in the summer. I’ve also been making your new year pot noodles recipe with coodles instead of noodles and it’s delicious! More anti diet recipes please! 🙂

  • This looks so good! And so easy!

  • Queenie Lee

    Looks yum! I recreated your traveller noodles the other day and they tasted awesome, will be trying this out soon too! 😀 Thanks for sharing! xx

  • This looks amazing, I’m always looking for paleo-friendly dishes to spice up my routine. nom nom

  • This looks so tasty, and actually not difficult to cook! And so different from everything I ever cook or eat! Oh, you made me so hungry right now! With love,

  • How do you manage to take photos with one hand and be doing something with the other? It’s my main struggle with food posts!

    Lovely recipe, will add this to my lunch rota!

    Fie x Coffee & Confetti

  • “Phuket, let’s eat!” Literally laughing out loud. Looks delish !

  • I only have 30 minutes for lunch- this sounds perfect, quick, tasty! Tick, tick, tick!

  • This looks lovely! I’m always impressed with your food posts- I have a list going on atm haha x

  • AlwaysMe

    This recipe is amazing! Not to mention the amazing photography! Definitely filing this one away for future use. Thanks for sharing!


  • These look amazing! 🙂

  • This looks amazing. Perfect salad for a warm day.

  • This looks so delicious! Can’t wait to try it!

  • This pad thai salad looks amazing! I may have to give this a try!

  • This looks so good! I am absolutely addicted to Pad Thai (the unhealthy kind) so I will definitely be giving this a crack. Thanks for the recipe!

    Tessa at Bramble & Thorn

  • agnes

    Good Lord it looks amazing!!! I will try it asap with prawns in too!

  • Maija

    Wow, I need o try this asap. I don’t like cucumber though so might swap for zucchini?

  • This has workday lunch written all over it – looks delicious, thanks for the recipe!! xo

  • Stunning food shots!

  • I really shouldn’t of read this at midnight…I am drooling. This is going to be my Sunday lunch, for sure!

    Annabel ♥
    Mascara & Maltesers

  • This looks AMAZING Rosie! I’m going to swap the cucumber for courgette, add king prawns & make this into an evening meal. I love all your recipes Rosie, each one has always turned out fabulous!

    Hugs Adele xoxo

  • Well, it’s nearly lunch time and I’m drooling all over my keyboard. This looks delicious!


  • I didn’t think Pad Thai could get any better, but now it can be HEALTHY?! Amazing.

    Silly Medley: Lifestyle and Travel

  • Natalie

    Oooh it’s always great to discover a new low carb option for dinner that looks taste. I may even it try making courgette pasta with it too!

  • Well this looks AMAZING!!!! Which spiralizer do you have? Need to know which is the best brand to go for!

  • This looks delicious! I’ve tried pad thai before. WIll definitely be trying this recipe! X

  • Kate

    This dish has inspired me to go out and by the spiral cutter thingy – this looks so delish, and I have to admit that I do have a major soft spot for all things thai, especially pad thai! Thanks for sharing.


  • Helena Wehling

    OMG that looks absolutely divine! I will definitely make this next week

    thank you for the great inspiration 🙂

    I posted a new article on my blog today, I would highly appreciate your opinion on it 🙂 its about motivation and nutrition

  • The last recipe for Pad Thai that I came across suggested using Ketchup as a base – needless to say that was not a keeper! x

  • Madeeha Syed

    Yes yes yes! I know exactly what I’m having for lunch tomorrow!

  • thesmellofroses2

    I know what I am making this weekend. 🙂 It is so good to find something so light yet tasty. ♡

  • Amy Lau

    Literally have been craving Thai ever since I’ve come back from Phuket. Definitely going to give this a try! Thank you!!!

  • I will definitely be trying this !!!!

  • India

    I started reading your blog about a month ago during the quiet moments at work (oops) and I love it! The photography is beautiful and makes me want to eat everything and travel everywhere! I’m especially enjoying these low carb recipes. I now eat coodles about 3 times a week (love em) and am even feeding them to my boyfriend who despite some grumbles to start with – loves them! As a Londoner myself I love your suggestions of where to go, and what to see – recently went to Pit Cue and Co and it was DEE-licious. I’m also travelling to Indonesia in a few weeks time and have been looking at your travel and style posts for inspiration. Keep it up girl! xxx

  • Gabriela Merino
  • Adaleta Avdic

    ***Mouth waters*** xx, Ada

  • This looks so YUM

  • Lee

    I sometimes crave for pad thai because it is something I love from Thai Cuisines and I want to make this because I figured it would be a healthy alternative 😀


  • This looks delicious!
    I just wanted to let you know that I am unable to pin images directly from your site at the moment, there seems to be an error with Pinterest connecting to your site? Hope you manage to get it fixed!

  • Yeah, this looks Ah-mazing. Added to my like list and I’ll be making this very soon! It’ll also be very low points on Weight Watchers 🙂

    Rachel x
    The Inelegant Wench

  • oops, posted twice – edited!

  • Emma and Emily

    This would be gorgeous in the summer! Feel I would need something more substantial at the moment during the colder months!

  • Charlotte Crow

    This is definitely going to be on the menu for lunch tomorrow! Makes for stellar pics as well. Thank you for sharing!

  • Kat Guise

    I made this for dinner the other night and added extra vege (tomatoes, capsicum and avo) – it was seriously delish and will be going on my often made recipes list for sure!

  • Alex Grizzle

    Made this tonight. My mouth is on fire, but it was AMAZING!
    Thanks for sharing!

  • Bernardo Guerra

    LOVE LOVE LOVE your recipes, they are easy to prepare, taste amazing, and they save my life every time I want to cook for my lady. Thank you 🙂

  • Anne

    Hi Rosie, I just love your blog – it always inspires me to live a little better although I could never claim to have anything close to your taste, skill or creativity with, well… Everything you put your mind to, it seems to me!

    I wanted to thank you for this amazing, tasty-looking and nutritious recipe idea I will definitely be trying it out! I love when you post diet-friendly recipes, I have such a hard time with my figure and it prevents me from doing many things I would like to do : (

    I think I will try your anti-diet, all the principles seem refreshingly sane, very intelligent and it even sounds like something I feel I could do! When I read through the signs of emotional appetite I thought “yep, check, check, check”…

    Please keep the recipes coming – you have a unique flair for making healthy food tasty and exciting in a way I have never seen ANYWHERE else – you should put out a cookbook! I would be the FIRST to buy it! : )

    I hope this doesn’t seem like a stupid question but I have been wanting to buy a corset lately since it would reign in my curves but I don’t know if there is a way to wear them without looking like a burlesque dancer (not that it would be terrible but that’s not really a look I think I can pull off)… Since you are without a doubt the classiest blogger I follow I thought “who best to ask if it is every acceptable to wear a corset out?”…

    Thanks for reading and by the way – roses are my favourite flower and I seem to love all things rose-related including you! Also – have you ever tried rose jam? nom nom nom nom… It’s delicious on a nice warm, scone (ugh, my stupid appetite!)

  • Julia

    Just made this with prawns.. So so good. Thank you Rosie! No more boring packed lunches for me!

  • WestFourteen

    I absolutely love these healthy recipes and the anti diet, separates sacrificing calories and sacrificing taste.

  • Making this for my dinner tonight….. CAN NOT WAIT!

  • I’m obsessed with my spiralizer and always get excited when new recipes come my way! I like the idea of turning into a crunchy salad.

    Silly Medley: Lifestyle and Travel

  • Ghazaal

    I made this a few days ago and can’t wait to make it again !!! Super duper delish n so utterly satisfying !!! Can’t thank u enough.

  • Sophie

    This looks really yummy. What is the nutrition info on this?

  • I need this salad in my life, like now! First things first though…. I need a spiralizer! lol Looks totally delish, thanks Rosie. x Jersey Girl x

  • wearesavoury

    Wow this look fantastic!!!!

    We were inspired by your post to make an asian congee. And its vegan!!

  • Heleret Marilin Reisner

    Yet another simple and delicious recipe from you, will definitely be making again and again. Thanks for sharing!

  • Karen Williams

    Looks delicious but…1Tablespoon of chilli flakes tho, that is gonna be hot, hot, hot!

  • Kathy George

    Wow this is fantastic Rosie. My husband who does not eat salads, had THREE helpings! The balance of flavours is perfect, thank you!