Thai Summer Salad

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

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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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  • Artemis Nomad wrote:

    Greetings from Accra, Ghana. I made this for the first time tonight and it is fantastic….even without the cabbage. I paired it with the Pioneer Woman’s Asian Flank Steak (http://savorysweetlife.com/2011/04/the-pioneer-womans-black-heels-to-tractor-wheels-and-asian-inspired-flat-iron-steak-recipe) and the whole meal was divine. Thank you for sharing.

  • Kerri wrote:

    I love the look of this salad! Do you have another dressing recipe that you would suggest to go with this salad? I am allergic to fish sauce. Thanks!

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      I suppose I’d just look for another Asian salad dressing recipe on the internet… or purchased.

  • dianne hunt wrote:

    Love salads with loads of veggies…not too sure of the fish paste in the dressing,not a fish fan

  • Kelly Senyei wrote:

    This looks so fresh and light! Can’t wait to toss it together this weekend!

  • The Cilantropist wrote:

    Wow this salad is so beautiful! Love the photo of your mixing it up with those beautiful salad tongs. 🙂

  • Tracy wrote:

    Great looking salad! Just heard about your website from some people at the beach in Green harbor.

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      How fun! I’ll be in GH this Sat!

  • Gina @ Skinnytaste wrote:

    The salad looks great, really love your new painted background too!!

  • Katie wrote:

    All of those fresh veggies are making me swoon! Wow!

  • Karina wrote:

    So gorgeous. So fresh. Don’t you love summer?

  • bhavani/ameanderingmango wrote:

    Fresh and beautiful colours – this salad looks amazing! Great website by the way – my first time here and will definitely be back. Thanks!

  • chelle wrote:

    omg this looks so good and colourful! i should try this salad one day, i think i’ll enjoy it. 🙂

  • Paul @cookingmesoftly wrote:

    …nice composition & images
    ciao from Italy

  • Susie wrote:

    I love the colors in your salad – it looks delicious! I’m really impressed with the pictures and the fact your sister did all the julienne-ing for you. Thanks for sharing this. I hope you have a wonderful vacation.

  • miri leigh wrote:

    This looks so fresh and beautiful…the PERFECT summer salad. Thanks for sharing!

  • Heidi @ Food Doodles wrote:

    That looks awesome 😀 I love that pretty much the whole rainbow is in that bowl, haha. And it looks delicious!

  • Nourhan @ Miss Anthropist’s Kitchen wrote:

    This looks absolutely delicious! Your pictures are gorgeous too! 🙂

  • Jacqueline wrote:

    Thai Salad – a definite winner for summer. Full of flavour, freshness and zing and so easy to make 😉

  • Susie wrote:

    I thoroughly enjoyed being your assistant!

  • Mary Ann wrote:

    This looks fabulous. I really could go for the entire bowl of it right now!

  • Katrina wrote:

    This is brilliant! Beautiful recipe!