Thanks for joining Sarah and me for Meatless Monday today. As my regular readers are aware, I have just returned from a week long family vacation in Italy where I enjoyed much pizza, pasta and gelato. Nothing at all wrong with indulging while on vacay, but now I am ready to get back on track. I was doing some meal planning and came across one of my previously posted recipes, Raw Pad Thai salad with Kelp Noodles. Considering it is going to be hotter than Hades this week, this Raw Pad Thai salad is just what I want to be eating.
Ever had Kelp Noodles ? They are literally made of kelp and that’s it! Kelp noodles are low in sodium, have no cholesterol or carbs. I’ve found them to be a great substitute for noodles in salads, stir fry dishes and soups. Kelp noodles are meant to be eaten raw so no cooking is necessary. I expected a salty, seaweed type of taste but nope nothing. Kelp noodles have crunchy texture I would say is similar to a bean sprout. They were just perfect for the Raw Pad Thai. If you don’t see them at your grocery, find them right on Amazon. If you are not ready to try them, I am sure you could sub with any other noodle.
There is something about eating raw food that just feels healthy and cleansing to me. This light salad is just perfect for this hazy, hot and humid weather.
Oh yes, I’ve also top this huge bowl of veggie deliciousness with a spicy peanut dressing. Everything is better with a spicy peanut dressing right?
Raw Pad Thai Salad with Kelp Noodles
- 1 12 oz package of Kelp Noodles (rinsed & drained)
- 1 C edamame
- 4 C shredded purple cabbage
- 2 C shredded carrots
- 1 yellow & 1 red pepper cut into thin strips
- 1 package of bean sprouts
- 1 cucumber (spiralized or cut into thin strips)
- handful of fresh cilantro & mint chopped
- 1/2 cup of peanuts
- Spicy Peanut dressing:
- 1/3 C peanut butter
- 4 Tbl rice vinegar
- 1/4 C water
- 1 Tbl siracha
- 1 Tbl chopped garlic
- 1 Tbl chopped ginger
- Splash of ponzu or low sodium soy
- Whisk all ingredients in peanut dressing until smooth and set aside. Add more water to achieve desired consistency.
- Rinse and drain Kelp Noodles and separate them
- Add to large mixing bowl
- Add in remaining vegetables and herbs
- When ready to serve add dressing and mix to combine
- Garnish with peanuts and enjoy
Tell me: Have you ever had Kelp noodles? Do you like to go raw?