Raw Vegan Pad Thai Salad

Raw vegan pad Thai
Pad Thai-inspired raw vegan salad

The Spruce

Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 0 mins
Total: 15 mins
Serving: 1 to 2 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
519 Calories
36g Fat
38g Carbs
25g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1 to 2
Amount per serving
Calories 519
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 36g 46%
Saturated Fat 5g 24%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 366mg 16%
Total Carbohydrate 38g 14%
Dietary Fiber 12g 41%
Protein 25g
Calcium 238mg 18%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This pad Thai-inspired raw vegan food salad is hearty enough to serve as an entrée and one of our favorites. The flavor in this recipe really comes from the fresh, quality ingredients, in particular, the fresh chopped cilantro, so whatever you do, don't substitute the raw fresh cilantro for dried. It just won't be the same if you do!

Toasted and crushed or chopped peanuts are traditional in pad Thai noodle dishes, so that's one option if you're not eating raw vegan. You'll also notice that this salad recipe doesn't contain any lettuce—it doesn't need it. The lettuce shouldn't be the center of the salad because there should be so many more exciting things going on—in this case, spiralized or peeled zucchini, green onions, fresh lime juice, fresh chopped cilantro, and sea salt. Who needs the lettuce, with all that goodness?

Try this raw food recipe for a delicious and nutritious raw vegan food Pad Thai salad.


  • 2 zucchinis
  • 2 cups bean sprouts
  • 1 red bell pepper (or yellow bell pepper, sliced into strips)
  • 4 green onions (diced)
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro (chopped)
  • 1 lime (juiced)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil (raw, cold-pressed)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt (sea salt)
  • 3/4 cup nuts (raw, chopped or crushed, use almonds, peanuts or cashews)

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Ingredients for pad thai
    Ingredients for pad Thai-inspired raw vegan salad. The Spruce
  2. First, prepare your zucchinis. Using a vegetable peeler, peel each entire zucchini into thin strips. If you have a spiralizer or a large grater, you can also use those for a similar effect.

    Prepare zucchini
    Prepare zucchinis with spiralizer or a large grater. The Spruce
  3. Combine the zucchini strips, bean sprouts, bell pepper strips, green onions, and cilantro in a large bowl. Drizzle with fresh lime juice and raw, cold-pressed olive oil (or another neutral-tasting cold-pressed oil you have on hand). Sprinkle with sea salt and gently toss everything together to combine well.

    Add vegetables
    Add the zucchini strips, bean sprouts, bell pepper strips, green onions, and cilantro. The Spruce
  4. Taste, and adjust seasonings to taste. You may prefer a bit more lime juice, olive oil or salt.

    Add salt
    Adding seasonings like salt, olive oil and lime juice. The Spruce
  5. Top with chopped or crushed nuts.

    Pad Thai
    Top with chopped nuts. The Spruce
  6. Serve and enjoy!