Spicy Thai Salad

Spicy Thai Salad | The Full Helping

Tonight’s dinner was inspired by Tuesday’s lunch. On Tuesday, in unseasonably sweltering heat, I met a friend at Caravan of Dreams, which is a vegan lunch spot tucked away on 6th street. I like Caravan because it’s cozy, welcoming, and it has an extensive vegan menu with both raw and cooked options.

On this visit, I decided to try the restaurant’s Thai avocado salad, “a mixture of avocado, tomatoes, cucumbers, nori pieces, and carrots served over fresh onganic seasonal greens tossed in Thai spicy citrus dressing.” Of course, I forgot to take a photo. But fear not: I liked it so much that I decided to re-interpret the spicy Thai salad tonight.

This salad is so flavorful. It’s sweet, spicy, and infused with fresh basil and cilantro. The dressing is avocado based, and it’s thick and tasty enough to serve as a vegetable dip as well as a salad dressing. Poured over spirals of carrots, cucumber, red peppers, red cabbage, and pea shoots, it’s absolutely divine. And some extra avocado doesn’t hurt the finished salad, either.

Spicy Thai Salad | The Full Helping

Spicy Thai Salad
Recipe Type: salad
Cuisine: vegan, raw, gluten free, soy free, no oil, tree nut free
Author: Gena Hamshaw
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Cook time:
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Serves: Makes 3-4 servings
  • For the spicy Thai dressing:
  • 1/2 Hass avocado
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons fresh cilantro
  • 2 tablespoons fresh basil
  • 2 pitted Medjool dates
  • 1/2 inch peeled raw ginger root
  • ¼ tsp salt (more to taste)
  • Pinch cayenne pepper
  • For the salad:
  • 2 cups spiralized or thinly sliced cucumber
  • 1 red bell pepper, cut into matchsticks
  • 2 cups grated carrot
  • 1 cup pea shoots
  • 3 cups chopped romaine lettuce
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped fresh basil leaves
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh cilantro
  • [i]Optional[/i]: 1 ataulfo mango, peeled and sliced into matchsticks
  • [i]Optional[/i]: 1/2 cup shelled, steamed edamame
  1. Blend all dressing ingredients in a blender till smooth.
  2. Pour dressing over all salad ingredients. Toss well to combine and serve.

Spicy Thai Salad | The Full Helping

It was absolutely delicious! Alongside some baked sweet potato (which I forgot to photograph), it made for a great meal. This one will definitely be a keeper for summer.

That’s it for now, all – have a great night 🙂


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  1. I hope I’m lucky! I would like to try and recreate a pesto dish I had in France with pepper type “noodles”.

  2. I would love to try the raw cheese recipe! I’m getting a food processor for my bday (thanks so much for your recommendation), and I’m sure it would taste great with some spiralizer-made veggie noodles.

  3. Hi Gena,
    I immediately did a post on my blog–I’ll e-mail you the link.

    The raw dish I want to try is raw lasagna. I had it once in a cafe while I was out of town for work and it was sooooooo good. I think I could duplicate it, but I hate to go to all that work when I know my family would be less than eager.

    For the spirooli–if I win that, I am going to do a lot of carrots. With my Joyce Chen spiral slicer, I haven’t had good luck with carrots unless I buy really fat ones. I am also going to do beets once I’ve got some ready in my garden this summer.


  4. I am just learning about the whole RAW foods thing, but your salad sure looks tasty:) Thanks!

  5. Gena,
    I must try that salad dressing – looks sooo amazingly creamy! Oh, and I MUST win the spiralizer. I have been dying for one of those to make more raw pastas! Thank so much this giveaway. I’ll link in my next post. 🙂

    Have a wonderful weekend and enjoy your chia seeds!

  6. I would love to try veggie pasta and raw macaroons at home. I don’t have a spiralizer or a dehydrator, so winning this would be a great “first step” 🙂 Thanks so much for the opportunity, Gena!

    I will be sure to link back soon. Your spicy thai salad looks amazing, too. I love the green dressing!

    Have a lovely weekend!

  7. My husband is a HUGE fan of spaghetti and italian, so I just want to try a raw spaghetti of sorts with a raw tomato sauce!

  8. Oh my goodness, what a dream appliance! That would make eating healthy so much easier! I have been drooling over Adelina’s menu (new raw resto on 17th St, apparently…?) and their raw zucchini pasta, but I would much rather try making my own! Plus it’s less intimidating to me than a dehydrator. 🙂

  9. I don’t have a blog but I’m dying for a spiralizer-I’ve been wanting to do beets with one!!!!!I also have a major jones for a dehydrator!!!!!

  10. I just ordered an Excalibur! First dishes on my list when it gets here??? Raw pizza and raw cookies!!! Can NOT wait. I’ve wanted a spiralizer, but after ordering a juicer and now the Excalibur, I would get booted out of the house for sure! It would be so great to win this one. Keeping fingers crossed. – Nancy

  11. I want to try raw ‘cookies’ … and if I win this, I will make lots of spiralised veges

  12. I would love to try this! I’ve been admiring everyone’s spiralized veggie dishes 🙂

  13. Hi Gena!

    I’m really excited about the zucchini noodles with cashew sauce, and am also really into the massaged kale salad. Also, I’m about to move and get a bigger kitchen, so that I can start “cook”ing more! The spiralizer would be a wonderful addition to my new healthy kitchen. I’m also trying to get my boyfriend to eat more vegetables (he’s kind of a carnivore), and this would be a huge help!

    I don’t have a blog, but I’m sending you an email with some of my mom’s favorite pasta recipes that i can’t wait to replicate with a spiralizer. Congratulations on your first giveaway and the success of your website, sweetie!

  14. This thing looks amazing! I have been toying a lot with incorporating more raw meals into my diet and I think this would help me a lot! I would try to make a pasta inspired dish with zucchini as a substitute.

  15. I am with everyone else…..raw pasta! I am new to the raw foods world, so this tool would definitely be a help 🙂

  16. I have been dying to try some zucchini “pasta” with raw pesto. Now, if only I had a spiralizer to make it with…

  17. A SPIRALIZER! I have taken to making zucchini pasta but it takes sooooooo long to peel little strips. I love zuzzhini pasta with pesto sauce…mmmmm…

  18. What a wonderful giveaway! I have the same spiralizer you have, and it’s served me well for years, but it doesn’t do well with harder vegetables like beets and sweet potatoes. So, I’d say I need the fancy spiralizer to try hard-veggie pasta. Beet pasta sounds wonderful!

  19. I would LOVE to make raw pasta pesto! Pesto is by far my favorite!
    Love the blog, keep it up!

  20. I’m really looking forward to trying the zucchini pasta with the cashew alfredo! I keep telling myself i’m going to make it but it would be a whole lot easier with this.

  21. The spiralizer seriously looks like wayyy too much fun 🙂 I would love to try a zucchini pasta, but your beet pasta sounds even better. I <3 beets!

  22. Hi would love to win a spiralizer! All of the veggie “noodles” look so delicious. I am really excited to try some; I am also looking forward to trying some collard wraps!

  23. Zucchini “noodles” like so many others! I tried doing them by hand and it just didn’t work out so well :-/.

    Plus I would just love my salads with pretty spirals of cucumber, carrots, beets… 🙂

  24. This giveaway is amazing! The raw dish I would want to try is seriously just zucchini pasta with marinara sauce! Keep it simple. (:

  25. I would be SO excited to win the spiralizer. It was actually your guest post on another blog that I read that got me interested in the benefits of eating raw. I’m working on incorporating more raw foods into my diet and this would be a great help. I think I would spiralize every vegetable possible and make lots of “pastas.” Thanks!

  26. awesomeee! i would love to try to make those raw noodles with zucchini! that would be so fun! im linking to the giveaway in my next post 🙂

  27. how neat! i have been looking at making different raw pastas, but wasn’t sure how to make the “noodles” duh this tool totally makes sense! zucchini pasta would be my first toe in the water attempt

  28. How exciting! I would like to make sweet potato noodles along with maybe parsnip noodles and put into a raw pad thai. I saw a similar dish being served at a raw restaurant once and it looked so good I’ve wanted to give it a go at home.

  29. Would LOVE to make raw pasta, raw dessert with lots of yummy fruits, ANYTHING! Raw food makes me feel so clean and healthy!

  30. I most want to try raw pad thai. I have also been wanting to do the spiralized zucchini ribbons. Thanks for having such a great giveaway – how exciting!!

  31. I would like to try a collard wrap with nut pate and lots of vegetables inside (namely: carrots, jicama–possibly spiralized!, and LOTS of avocado). Oh man, I’m drooling and I just finished breakfast! 🙂

  32. I want to try the zucchini pasta. I saw this on The Fitnessista’s blog and it looked so delicious!!

  33. That salad looks so good! I love Caravan! YUMMM!

    I would like to try raw pizza, I’ve yet to make it or try it!

  34. I really want to try making zucchini “pasta”, with some sort of sauce on top!

  35. mmm that dressing looks delic!!
    I’ve been dying to try two raw recipes-a raw cheese from melomeals and roshi’s raw curry!!!!!!!!

  36. I have never tried a raw food meal. I’m a healthy eater, but wanting to get in on raw food and more vegetarian options!
    That little contraption would be such a great accessory

    I have been seeing zuchini used as pasta noodle, I think that would be so neat to try! With some sort of sesame sauce, yum.

  37. I would love to try raw pasta as the real thing is pretty great but it looks like too much work for me to do with a vegetable peeler–I am lazy, I’ll admit it.

  38. Hi Gena,
    Thanks so much for commenting on my blog and for leading me back to your own fabulous blog!

    The Spirooli was next on my list of appliances to get, until…(dramatic music)…my (formerly) reliable, 20-year old Vitamix finally died. Now the Spirooli will have to wait — unless I’m lucky enough to win your contest! 🙂

    I’ve been struggling with making pasta using a vegetable peeler and it takes me forever to create a reasonable portion for one, so what I’d like to try most of all is creating a family sized meal of pasta using the Spirooli.

  39. AH! I’ve been dying to try Ani Phyo’s raw marinara with spiralized zucchini! Zucchini is my favorite veggie hands down. I had the marinara with kelp noodles but I know it will really soar on some spiralized zucchin. I literally just started a blog today so it is very weak but I will be happy to mention your incredible giveaway and will send you a link!

  40. I would love to try the Raw Zuchinni Alfredo! The spiralizer would look great in my kitchen! 🙂

  41. The raw dish I am most eager to try making at home is raw sushi. I’d use the spirooli to make wide ribbons of carrots to put inside it.

  42. I want to make raw pasta!! I would love a spiralizer, I can see myself eating raw pasta every night haha.

  43. I would love to try to make the zucchini pasta! It looks like light and delicious!

  44. I long to eat at a restaurant that serves coconuts with straws in them. (yet another reason to travel to NYC soon)

    Your Spicy Thai Dressing sounds fab. I’d also use it for an easy veggie dip, and I wouldn’t mind trying it drizzled over some kelp noodles either. Mmmm.

  45. I am dying to make home made gazpacho. I know it is simple but it is something I have not done! This is super giveaway!
    Thank you so much for the chance to win!! I am a vegetarian and this would get so much use at my house!!!

  46. Oh my gosh! I have been dying to get a spiralizer but haven’t gotten my paycheck yet! I would love to try substituting zuchini for pasta!!!

  47. all i have wanted to make lately is raw pata with zucchini- i tried it with a peeler and what a mess!

    your dressing and salad look fabulous- how long do you think that the dressing will last?

  48. Oh, that’s so cool! I really want to make that zucchini pasta, it looked so good!

  49. I have a spiralizer on my birthday list, so I would love to be enjoying a zucchini pasta dish on that special day! I have also been eyeing a whole lot of Chia on these blogs and I would love to try the Raw Chia Holiday Pudding!!!

  50. what a great giveaway! Ive been dying to try your delicious looking zucchini pasta but have been wishing i had a spiralizer to make it with. and after your post of raw desserts, i’m definitely thinking those are going to be my next RAW attempt 🙂 thanks gena!

  51. oops…my post was the last one, but in all the excitement, I forgot to type in my name, haha :]

  52. I am so glad that you are giving away a spiralizer!!! ever since I started reading your blog, I have actually been shopping around amazon for one! I would love to make zucchini noodles with the sweet pepper marinara that you featured a couple posts ago. Carrot noodles sound really good too though, so I might have to make it a combo!

  53. I would love to make the zucchini noodles that you have in so many of your recipes and use them like pasta. I love this website. Your recipes look so tasty and healthy! 🙂

  54. I really want to try making a raw “spaghetti” that my husband will love. I am trying to incorporate more raw foods into my life, but the hubs had a hard enough time when I went vegetarian. I just know that he will like it if he tries is (he always does.) Thanks!

  55. I cannot wait to try raw zucchini noodles with marinara and some raw romano…yummm

  56. I really want to make a raw zucchini pasta. Not sure what I would put on it. Maybe a raw tomato sauce and some raw walnut “parm”.

  57. That dressing sounds & looks fantastic! I made zucchini fettuccine the other day with a vegetable peeler, but I bet the spiralizer would produce a more uniform pasta shape. That would probably be the first raw dish I’d make if I win!!

  58. I really want to try chia pudding… but with the spiralizer – raw alfredo pasta!

  59. I have been drooling over your raw zucchini alfredo! I haven’t made it yet because I don’t have a food processor OR a spiralizer =(. Winning this spiralizer would bring me one step closer to raw goodness!

  60. Mmm…I would love to try the zucchini pasta! And learn to make pretty carrots like you 🙂

    I’m going to be in NYC this summer–any tips for yummy, healthy restaurants? (I’m a first time reader…sorry if you have already addressed this!)

  61. I would like to make raw pasta as well, with sun dried tomato sauce and maybe some of that cashew sauce that I’ve been hearing good things about :).

  62. Gorgeous salad! I love that they serve the young Thai coconuts like that too. NYC really seems to have the coolest places to eat.

    I would love to try raw pasta made with beets. I’ve heard it tastes amazing, and it just looks so pretty!

  63. OMG OMG … the fact that I’m currently trying to incorporate more raw goodness into my diet – means that this is the perfect time for me to get this spiralizer 😀

    There are sooo many raw dishes I wanna try
    raw ‘nut’ cheese
    raw pasta – re: spiralised veges!!!
    raw macaroon
    raw ‘donut’ holes
    ..SO many things

    can I please ask you one question though, do you tend to eat more ‘warm’ food during winter?? I wonder if it is possible to create ‘warm’ raw food – thanks!!!

  64. Seriously awesome salad to go with an equally like-minded giveaway!
    I’m dying to use it to make Thai salad rolls, one of our favorite meals. Chopping the veg just doesn’t give it the same essence, KWIM?

  65. i’d like to make a raw chocolate pie w/ coconut cream…i think it’s in ani phyo’s book! otherwise…i’d love to have a spiralizer! i made the zucchini ‘noodles’ with a peeler and it took forever.

    loved the salad! 🙂

  66. Gorgeous salad! I would love to be able to make raw pasta look so gourmet, I only made raw pasta, once, for our dinner!
    BTW, caravan will always hold a special place in my heart!

  67. ooh I would love to win the spirilizer! i really want to try zuchini “pasta”

  68. I love the red pepper soup from bonobos… but I also love spiral-y pasta, so maybe I could put some in the soup!

  69. I can’t wait to try your “pizza cheese!” Maybe I could eat it with some spiralized veggies?

  70. Gena-

    Oh, I have been wanting a spiralizer forever now since starting my raw challenge! This one looks awesome and I love that it makes 3 different shapes!!!