Spicy Thai Spaghetti Salad

Spicy Thai Spaghetti Salad in glass bowl

This yummy Spicy Thai Spaghetti Salad is an delicious twist on a potluck classic ~ quick to prepare using common ingredients, the Asian flavors in this colorful pasta salad really pop.  This easy summer side salad recipe will be your go to for barbecues this season!

Spicy Thai Spaghetti Salad in glass bowl

I get some of my best recipe ideas from the deli counter at my favorite market.  They make surprisingly good salads and we like to pick 2 or 3 and call it dinner during the summer months when it’s too hot and sticky to cook.  I chose three last week and I loved them so much I’m recreating each one for the blog.  This Thai spaghetti salad is a twist on a potluck staple, spaghetti salad.

Ingredients for Spicy Thai Spaghetti Salad in a bowl

Prepared salads are usually easy to copy because they usually have their ingredients printed right on the label of the container.  By law they have to list the ingredients in descending order of the amount used.  I just used the label on my saved plastic container to build this wonderful spicy Thai spaghetti salad, starting with the pasta, red cabbage, and carrots, right through to the cayenne pepper and peanuts.  It was fun, and it turned out perfect.

overhead photo of spicy Thai spaghetti salad in a glass bowl

This is a useful salad to have on hand for potlucks and barbecues because it’s hearty, colorful, and can be made ahead of time, the flavors actually benefit from a little time in the fridge.  It’s an economical way to feed a crowd, and there’s no mayo to spoil outdoors, either.  The Thai flavors make it unique.

A spicy Thai spaghetti salad in a glass bowl with cilantro leaves

The Thai inspired flavors meld together perfectly, and none of them are unusual or hard to find.  You’ll use regular  spaghetti for the noodles, and for the peanut dressing you’ll use rice vinegar, regular peanut butter like Jiff, oil, garlic, and cayenne pepper.  The result is a tangy dressing  with just the right amount of peanut butter flavor without being overpowering.

Fresh basil and cilantro are essential for this salad, so make sure you have some on hand.  Better yet, buy small herb plants at your local nursery and keep them on the windowsill or back porch so you’ll always have fresh herbs available.

Toassing a spicy Thai spaghetti salad

Classic summer potluck salads are some of the best eating out there…the most successful ones are sturdy, have mass appeal, and can be made ahead ~

Serving up spicy Thai spaghetti salad with tongs

Tips for making this spicy Thai spaghetti salad ~

For best texture, shred your carrots in your food processor fitted with the shredding blade.  A box grater can make wet and mushy shreds.

I sliced my red cabbage on my mandoline slicer set on the 1/8 inch setting.  This results in longer, fine shreds that retain their texture.

Use regular spaghetti, not the thin or thick style.  Thin spaghetti can become mushy, and thick will overpower the veggies.

Spicy Thai Spaghetti Salad

Category: salad, side dish, lunch

Cuisine: Thai / American

Spicy Thai Spaghetti Salad

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces of regular spaghetti, broken in half, cooked in plenty of salted water to al dente and rinsed well with cold water
  • 1 cup shredded red cabbage
  • 1 cup shredded carrots
  • 1 bunch (about 6-8) green onions, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup roasted peanuts
  • 2 Tbsp sesame seeds
  • 1 handful cilantro leaves, chopped
  • 1 handful basil leaves, thinly sliced
    dressing
  • 1/4 cup rice vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp vegetable oil
  • 2 heaping Tbsp smooth peanut butter
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • salt to taste

Instructions

  1. To make the dressing put all the ingredients in a small bowl and use an immersion blender to process into an emulsified dressing. Thin with more oil or vinegar to taste, if necessary.
  2. Put the salad ingredients in a large bowl and toss with the dressing. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
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Make it your own ~

  • Make it a main course ~ add chunks of chicken, tender steak, or grilled shrimp.
  • Make it gluten/grain free ~ try this with zucchini noodles (spiralized zucchini) or spaghetti squash.
  • Make it even healthier ~ add more shredded veggies like broccoli, zucchini, or kale.
  • Make it with more veggies ~ try frozen and thawed edamame beans, broccoli, or bok choy, snap peas, or green beans.

 

 

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23 Comments

  • Reply
    Genevieve
    July 9, 2018 at 4:33 pm

    For tonight’s Monday night cooking lesson, my daughter and I made this.. It was super easy and delicious! We added a third bag of cooked edamame and some pan fried chicken tenders. But we could have easily done without the chicken. It’s such a versatile noodle salad and a nice alternative to macaroni salad. It’s a great way to use up the summer basil growing in our garden.

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      Genevieve
      July 9, 2018 at 4:36 pm

      Oh, I almost forgot…I also used whole wheat spaghetti and it was excellent! Thank you for your wonderful ideas!

      • Reply
        Sue
        July 9, 2018 at 9:15 pm

        I forgot that I also love whole wheat spaghetti! I haven’t bought it in a while.

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    Bertha
    June 24, 2018 at 3:20 pm

    This salad is delicious, I uses white cabbage because that’s what I had and it’s amazing too.
    Thanks for the great recipe, easy to make and a great hit at my granddaughters graduation as well. She is vegetarian so it was perfect.

    • Reply
      Sue
      June 24, 2018 at 3:21 pm

      Thanks Bertha, I get a special pleasure out of it when one of my recipes is part of a special day, congratulations!

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    TofuMom
    June 11, 2018 at 11:46 pm

    This is such a hit in our family, that I was requested to make it for my daughter’s graduation party.
    **For 100 people!**
    It still turned out fantastic and I’ve shared this recipe with a TON of people, as a result!!

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      Sue
      June 12, 2018 at 6:35 am

      alright!! That’s so great to hear, and congrats on the graduation ~ you’re a better mom than me, I never did anything near as grand for either one of my daughters ;)

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    Sarina
    May 30, 2018 at 1:38 am

    Yummy such a nice idea! I’m glad I found your blog and this recipe. I Just came back from my backpack tour/Thailand Rundreise (as we say it in germany :D) and I really miss the food from there. Now I have even a little piece of the country in my kitchen again. Greetings from germany! https://www.yolo-reisen.de/

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    Eve
    May 29, 2018 at 3:51 pm

    Keeper! :-) I added broccoli slaw and about 1/3 c. extra dressing. The dressing is so so good, couldn’t resist. Thanks so much for this delicious recipe I will be using frequently.

    • Reply
      Sue
      May 29, 2018 at 4:04 pm

      Yum, glad it’s a keeper :)

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    Karen (Back Road Journal)
    May 23, 2018 at 8:43 am

    Sue, thank you so much for recreating and sharing this recipe. I’ve pinned it under several categories. We have been getting lots of invitations to potlucks lately and I know this will be something different and a big hit. :D

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    Vicki Bensinger
    May 22, 2018 at 12:05 pm

    This looks so good Sue. I especially love the sound of that peanut dressing. I think I could slather that on more than just this salad.

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    The Gourmet Goddess
    May 21, 2018 at 9:13 am

    This is definitely a keeper. I love the flavors you’ve combined and I’ll be making this sooner, rather than later. Thanks for another wonderful recipe!

    • Reply
      Sue
      May 21, 2018 at 10:50 am

      We loved it ~ hope you do too!

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    Patricia
    May 21, 2018 at 8:58 am

    This sounds delicious, I’m going to try it soon! How many servings does this recipe make? Also, may I say that I have very good luck with your recipes, they are easy to follow and always turn out very well, so thank you!

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    Mary Ann | The Beach House Kitchen
    May 21, 2018 at 8:08 am

    That’s where I get lots of great ideas too Sue! This looks delicious. I’ll definitely be trying your version!

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    Jennifer @ Seasons and Suppers
    May 21, 2018 at 6:27 am

    Wow! What a great twist on a pasta salad! Loving the spicy Thai flavours :)

  • Reply
    Chris Scheuer
    May 21, 2018 at 4:56 am

    Yum! What a great summer meal. And so pretty! It would be wonderful with some shredded rotisserie chicken too.

    • Reply
      Sue
      May 21, 2018 at 6:06 am

      Shredded chicken would be soooo good in this, there’s nothing better than a main course salad in the summer :)

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    Angie@Angie's Recipes
    May 21, 2018 at 4:00 am

    Wonderful! That Thai flavoured sauce is the killer!

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    Tricia @ Saving Room for Dessert
    May 21, 2018 at 3:40 am

    I’ve been searching for a spicy Thai salad like this for years. Cannot wait to try your version! So pretty too :)

    • Reply
      Sue
      May 21, 2018 at 6:08 am

      I love authentic Thai salads, but the idea of doing it with spaghetti seems lighter and more refreshing than the original Asian recipes.

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