Zoodle Pad Thai Salad

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Spicy Zoodle Pad Thai Salad | theviewfromgreatisland.com

Zoodle Pad Thai Salad is a refreshing low carb version of the beloved Thai street food, made with spiralized zucchini.

Zoodle Pad Thai Salad is a fresh crunchy take on the classic Thai street food. | theivewfromgreatisland.com

I’m a huge pad Thai fan, I always order it in Thai restaurants and I’ve made it myself lots of times.  I decided to try out my new Spiralizer and create a variation of the dish by replacing the traditional rice noodles with ‘zoodles’.  I just loved the result, and to be honest I couldn’t really tell much difference between the zucchini and the noodles, this version tasted  exactly like my favorite pad Thai.

 

Zoodle Pad Thai tastes exactly like my favorite pad Thai, except the noodles are made from zucchini! | theviewfromgreatisland.com

I resisted getting a spiralizer for quite some time, but I think all this super hot weather made the thought of veggie noodles sound really enticing.  It took me just about a minute to get a big pile of bouncy ‘zoodles’ and to fall in love with my new kitchen toy.  The zoodles were surprisingly long and resilient —  I think I expected that they’d be watery and so delicate they’d fall apart, but it’s just the opposite, they look and behave just like regular noodles!

Making spiralized zucchini noodles for Zoodle Pad Thai | theviewfromgreatisland.com

We ate this as a cold salad, and also as a hot dish and loved it both ways, the zoodles hold up well in either case.  A refreshing combination of lime, ginger, garlic and cilantro, along with fish sauce and soy sauce forms the pad Thai flavor base.  Mine gets a dose of protein from the tofu, and a great crunch from bean sprouts, water chestnuts, and roasted peanuts.

Healthy, low carb Zoodle Pad Thai Salad | theivewfromgreatisland.com

 

 

See my Spicy Pad Thai for a classic recipe that uses rice noodles, and my Pad Thai recipe for one that includes chicken.  They’re all great in their own way.

Stir frying Zoodle Pad Thai | theviewfromgreatisland.com

Spicy Zoodle Pad Thai Salad

Yield: serves 4-6

Spicy Zoodle Pad Thai Salad

Ingredients

  • 3 Tbsp vegetable oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 Tbsp minced fresh ginger
  • 1 large jalapeno pepper, minced, seeds and all
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 4 ounces tofu, cut in small cubes
  • 6-8 scallions, thinly sliced
  • 1 can water chestnuts, sliced thinly
  • 2 cups bean sprouts
  • 2 medium zucchini, spiralized
  • large handful fresh cilantro leaves, chopped
    sauce
  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice (about 2 large limes)
  • 3 Tbsp fish sauce (substitute soy sauce for vegetarian and vegan)
  • 2 Tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 Tbsp brown sugar
    garnish
  • 1/2 cup roasted peanuts, rough chopped
  • more fresh cilantro leaves
  • lime wedges

Instructions

  1. Heat the oil in a wok and saute the garlic, ginger and jalapeno for several minutes, stirring constantly. Push them to one side and add the eggs. Scramble them, breaking them up as they cook.
  2. Whisk together the sauce ingredients and add to the pan. Heat until it comes to a boil, and then add the tofu, scallions, water chestnuts, bean sprouts, and zoodles. Stir fry for a minute or so, tossing everything really well to distribute the sauce evenly and just barely soften the zoodles. Toss in the cilantro and take off the heat.
  3. Serve hot right away, or remove from the pan and refrigerate to serve chilled as a salad. Garnish with lime wedges, chopped peanuts, and fresh cilantro.
https://theviewfromgreatisland.com/zoodle-pad-thai-salad/

notes:

  • I just barely heated the zucchini noodles through in the wok before taking it off the heat.  They can wilt quickly, and I want to retain a little bit of their texture.
  • Fish sauce is a fermented sauce that really gives pad Thai its authentic umami flavor, you’ll find it in the Asian or International section of your store.   For a vegan version, use soy sauce.

 

 

 

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24 Comments

  • Reply
    Katherine | Omnivore's Cookbook
    July 5, 2016 at 5:15 am

    Looks and sounds like a beautiful dish.

  • Reply
    Laura | Tutti Dolci
    July 3, 2016 at 7:55 pm

    I love these Thai flavors! This is just the salad I crave on hot summer nights :).

  • Reply
    Chris Scheuer
    July 3, 2016 at 7:32 am

    This is my kind of eating! It looks so fresh, vibrant and full of flavor. I love my spriralizer though I forget to pull it out sometimes.

    • Reply
      Sue
      July 3, 2016 at 10:59 am

      I’m just getting to know mine, potatoes are next :)

  • Reply
    Robyn @ Simply Fresh Dinners
    July 3, 2016 at 7:07 am

    LOVE this, Sue. And I thought the zoodles would be kinda mushy, too. What a great surprise and I spiralize everything I can get my hands on. It makes the ordinary look special as well.
    I’ve never made Pad Thai Salad at home…crazy! This will remedy that :) Happy 4th!

    • Reply
      Sue
      July 3, 2016 at 10:59 am

      Thanks Robyn, you too!

  • Reply
    Rosemary Wolbert | Sprigs of Rosemary
    July 2, 2016 at 8:33 am

    I love my spiralizer. Mine is an OXO — inexepnsive, easy to store, pretty easy to use. Just a little effort. Great salad,Sue.
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    Medeja
    July 2, 2016 at 5:00 am

    Sounds very healthy and looks amazing!

  • Reply
    Sara
    July 1, 2016 at 9:46 pm

    I am kind of obsessed with my spiralizer and this is such a fun way to use zoodles! Can’t wait to try it!

  • Reply
    Jennifer @ Seasons and Suppers
    July 1, 2016 at 5:09 pm

    Love this take on classic Pad Thai! Great summer eating :)

  • Reply
    cheri
    July 1, 2016 at 2:25 pm

    Beautiful dish Sue, love your pad Thai dishes, both ways!!! I have a spiralizer but have only used it a few times. Started a pin board to pin more recipes. Pinned this one. Have a wonderful 4th!

  • Reply
    Tricia @ Saving room for dessert
    July 1, 2016 at 1:51 pm

    Oh boy this looks great! I love Pad Thai and my poor spiralizer has gotten lonely lately so I need to get it out for this recipe! Can’t wait for our zucchini to be ready to pick!

  • Reply
    Molly Kumar
    July 1, 2016 at 11:57 am

    What a pretty looking healthy salad. I love how easy it is to make and it would be a great work lunch too.

  • Reply
    Joanne R
    July 1, 2016 at 11:30 am

    How many ounces of tofu?

    • Reply
      Sue
      July 1, 2016 at 11:48 am

      4 ounces, just updated, thanks Joanne.

  • Reply
    SallyBR
    July 1, 2016 at 11:19 am

    I ADORE my spiralizer and have blogged about quite a few versions of veggies using it – you should try butternut squash for a delicious version too

    I’ve got a zoodle with sundried tomato pesto coming up next week, hope you can take a look at it…

    You made a gorgeous Pad Thai, which is also a favorite dish of mine… I rarely order because it can be so heavy, so zoodles definitely sound perfect for it

    • Reply
      Sue
      July 1, 2016 at 11:50 am

      Thanks Sally, I’ll definitely check out your zoodle dish, it sounds great. I know what you mean about regular pad Thai, depending on the restaurant the noodles can form a clump, but not with these zoodles, they stay nice and bouncy and fresh!

  • Reply
    Amy
    July 1, 2016 at 10:13 am

    I love using my spiralizer, it is so much fun. Love trying new recipes using zoodles, so good and so good for you!

  • Reply
    Kylee
    July 1, 2016 at 10:09 am

    I do love me some thai flavors. This is a gorgeous looking meal – looks like a winner to me.

  • Reply
    April J Harris
    July 1, 2016 at 10:08 am

    I resisted buying a spiralizer for some time too but I’ve just succumbed to temptation to so this is perfect timing! Love how you have replaced the noodles with zoodles – so much healthier! The flavours in your Pad Thai Salad are just beautiful and I can’t wait to try it.

    • Reply
      Sue
      July 1, 2016 at 10:32 am

      I feel like I’m the last person to get one, but I’m really happy I have it now, I think it’s especially good to have during the hot summer months.

  • Reply
    Chris @ SimpleFood365
    July 1, 2016 at 9:44 am

    We love Zoodles in our home. They are a great alternative to pasta and this looks delicious!

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