Thai Summer Salad

Here’s a summer salad recipe that is light and wonderful:  Thai Summer Salad

Thai Summer Salad Recipe - by RecipeGirl.com

It’s only a matter of time before our beach vacation begins. This means that I’ve been working out like a mad-woman, drinking gallons of unsweetened iced tea, and eating as light as I can between bites of Peanut Butter Cup Ice Cream and Cookie Dough Brownies.

Somehow I’m thinking this is the formula for allowing myself to feel comfortable in a bathing suit this year. Somehow I’m thinking that I’ll still feel pudgy… no matter what… just because that’s the way I always feel. This Thai Summer Salad recipe is one that I made in preparation for bathing suit body!

Thai Summer Salad Recipe - by RecipeGirl.com
There’s a lot of good stuff in the salad.  Fresh stuff.  Stuff you should be eating all the time but you probably don’t because it’s just too darn healthy.  See all of those cute little, nicely julienned vegetables?  My sister did that for me.  And I took the pictures.  Isn’t she the best sister ever?!?

Thai Summer Salad Recipe - by RecipeGirl.com
This salad is made with napa cabbage– the Chinese sort.  You could always go with your regular-old green or red leaf type, but I like the cabbage.  Consider it roughage.

Thai Summer Salad Recipe - by RecipeGirl.com
Add all of those nicely chopped vegetables to the cabbage.

Thai Summer Salad Recipe - by RecipeGirl.com
Just toss it all in there…

Thai Summer Salad Recipe - by RecipeGirl.com
… until everything is colorful and beautiful.  I read once that to be healthy, you should be “eating the rainbow.”  I suppose this sort of thing fits that bill.

Thai Summer Salad Recipe - by RecipeGirl.com
Then add a very simple and mildly spiced Asian dressing.

Thai Summer Salad Recipe - by RecipeGirl.com
Toss it all together.  Or you can let your sister toss it for you while you take the pictures 🙂

And it’s ready to eat.  I give you permission to eat this entire bowl of salad.  In fact, if you eat this entire bowl of salad that is designed to feed 10 people… you’ll only be taking in a total of 200 calories.  Imagine that?  You’ll be munching for an hour and you’ll likely just burn off those 200 calories using your jaw muscles as exercise.  Pretty cool, huh?  I recommend adding grilled chicken to the salad to make it a complete and filling meal.  It’s rather good that way.

There you go- your guilt-free, bikini-body-in-10-days salad.  (I can’t promise that whole bikini-thing is going to happen, but it’s worth a shot, right?)

Thai Summer Salad

A fresh, low-calorie option for summertime munching...
Yield: 10 servings (1/2 cup per serving)

Prep Time:25 minutes

Ingredients:

SALAD:

  • 3 cups torn Napa (Chinese) cabbage
  • 1/2 cup (1/8-inch) julienne-cut yellow squash
  • 1/2 cup (1/8-inch) julienne-cut zucchini
  • 1/2 cup (1/8-inch) julienne-cut red bell pepper
  • 1/2 cup (1/8-inch) julienne-cut yellow bell pepper
  • 1/2 cup (1/8-inch) julienne-cut seeded peeled cucumber
  • 1/2 cup shredded carrot
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1/4 cup thinly sliced green onions
  • 1/4 cup grated radishes
  • 1 minced seeded jalapeno pepper

DRESSING:

  • 3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon fish sauce
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons granulated white sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon chile- garlic paste
Directions:
  1. To prepare the salad, combine the salad ingredients in a large bowl.
  2. To prepare the dressing, combine dressing ingredients in a small bowl and whisk together until sugar dissolves.
  3. Drizzle dressing over salad and toss well. Serve immediately.
Tips:
  • If preparing this recipe as GLUTEN FREE, just make sure that you use a brand of fish sauce that is known to be GF.
  • Chile garlic paste can be found in Asian markets and usually the Asian-foods aisle of regular markets.
  • Add grilled chicken to this salad to make it a main dish.
Nutrition:
  • Nutritional Information per serving:  Serving size: 1/2 cup  Calories 20, Fat .1g, Saturated Fat 0g, Fiber 1.1g, Protein .9g, Cholesterol 0mg, Carbohydrates 4.6g
  • Weight Watchers POINTS per serving:  Freestyle SmartPoints: 0, Points Plus Program: 1, Old Points Program: 0
SOURCE: RecipeGirl.com (Adapted from Cooking Light- Cooking Through the Seasons)

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  • KalynsKitchen wrote:

    That looks good, and I like the spicy Thai dressing! Thanks for the shout-out for my Easy Summer Lunch Salad.

  • Sandy@RE wrote:

    Love how refreshinig this salad is!

  • Bonnie wrote:

    need suggestions for substitutions of napa chinese cabbage and fish sauce? I live in Baku Azerbaijan and those two such items are not available to me – regular cabbage or iceberg lettuce is …

  • Jenne wrote:

    Do you think one could use anchovy paste with water or soy sauce to make a fish sauce? I have anchovy paste and hate to buy a bottle of fish sauce for 1 TBSP. Just wondering. Thank You! 🙂

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      I have no idea! You could try Googling “sub for fish sauce” and see what comes up.