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Thai Composed Rice Salad (Kao Yum Pahk Dai)

For a Thai feast of flavors, textures, and colors, a mound of rice is surrounded by a variety of veggies and a sweet-tart fruit—usually pineapple or green apple.

Ingredients: 

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Dressing

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¼ cup lime juice
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¼ cup low-sodium soy sauce or tamari
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¼ cup chopped cilantro
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2 shallots, finely chopped (¼ cup)
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10 fresh basil or Thai basil leaves, thinly sliced
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2 Tbs. natural sugar, such as coconut sugar
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2 tsp. grated fresh ginger or galangal root

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Salad

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2 cups cooked brown rice, cooled
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1 cup fresh mung bean sprouts, or green sprouts, such as sweet pea shoots
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1 cup coarsely shredded carrots
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1 cup shredded green or red cabbage, or a combination
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1 cup diced pineapple or papaya, or 1 medium diced green apple
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1 cup thinly sliced cucumber, cut into half-circles

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Garnishes

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¼ cup thinly sliced lemongrass, optional
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2 thinly sliced green onions, green parts only
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½ cup toasted unsweetened shredded coconut

Instructions: 

1. To make Dressing: Stir together all ingredients in small bowl. Set aside.

2. To make Salad: Coat soup bowl with nonstick cooking spray. Pack rice tightly into bowl, then invert rice onto middle of serving platter to form mound.

3. Surround rice with sprouts, carrots, cabbage, pineapple, and cucumber in separate small mounds.

4. Garnish platter with lemongrass (if using), lime wedges, and sliced green onion. Serve family-style, and pass Dressing and shredded coconut at the table for diners to serve themselves.

Nutrition Information: 

Calories: 
294
Protein: 
7 g
Total Fat: 
8 g
Saturated Fat: 
7 g
Carbohydrates: 
49 g
Cholesterol: 
0 mg
Sodium: 
735 mg
Fiber: 
6 g
Sugar: 
16 g
Yield: 
Serves 4

Comments on this Recipe

Wonderful recipe to treat the taste buds and beat the summer heat!

This dish is a must have! The only changes I made were: instead of shallots I used 1 garlic clove for the dressing & I served it over organic Japanese soba noodles. I'm so happy to have found this amazing recipe!! It will be made in abundance at my house! I tried experimenting with coconut sugar but it really needed 2tbsp to offset the lime & soy sauce. This dish reminded me of dining out!

the salads are very nice and well dressed.i like the taste of salad.