Made with fresh veggies, chicken, and spicy flavors in the sauce, you’ll love this Easy Pad Thai Salad to bring to your next gathering!

white bowl of Pad Thai Salad

Thai Noodle Salad is the best “anytime” salad! This salad recipe serves a crowd, so it’s great for potlucks and holidays. It’s also great left-over and keeps in the fridge up to 5 days! So good!

Easy Pad Thai Salad Recipe

It’s garnished with fresh cilantro and peanuts. Oh, and for peanut allergies? You can replace the peanuts with slivered almonds!

Easy Pad Thai Salad with cilantro

Ingredients needed for pad thai salad

  • Dry rice noodles
  • Oil
  • Rotisserie chicken (you can also add shrimp)
  • Fresh garlic
  • Daikon radish
  • Shredded carrots
  • Napa cabbage
  • Cilantro
  • Pad Thai sauce
  • Peanuts
  • Sriracha hot chili sauce
  • Lime wedges

Friends, we love this recipe for a midweek meal, and it’s great for lunches, potlucks and gatherings. Just remember it gets better and better as it sits (the flavors), and it gets devoured quickly.

Because everyone loves a good Pad Thai Salad! Or, you may want to try this Chicken Pad Thai Noodle Bowl recipe!

Easy Pad Thai Salad

Pad Thai Salad

If you love chicken pad thai, you’ll love this recipe today. Chilled and served as a salad, this recipe isn’t going to leave you hungry; it’s packed with delicious ingredients with a pad thai sauce!

ingredients for Easy Pad Thai Salad

H0w to make a thai noodle salad

It starts off with dry noodles. You can actually use less noodles, and add more volume of veggies.

Here’s the beauty of the noodles–you can even use whatever pasta is in your pantry!  Or use soba noodles, pad Thai-style rice noodles, brown rice noodles, or linguine.

Toss with veggies. Add chicken, sauce, cilantro (or basil).

Toss with peanuts and don’t forget the fresh squeeze of lime!

making Easy Pad Thai Salad

Dinnertime matters

With spring and summer here, it’s salad season!

Doing it smarter and faster, like doubling the recipe, so we get several meals instead of just one, it doesn’t have to be a lot of work.

We all have to eat, and eating at home is usually healthier! You may also want to try my Chicken Salad Croissant Sandwiches Board or Strawberry Watermelon Chicken Salad.

mixing in a bowl Easy Pad Thai Salad

Easy Pantry Salad

As I was cleaning through the pantry, I had a package of dry rice noodles, so I gathered the other ingredients to create this lovely salad for my family!

We love Easy Pad Thai Salad … whether it’s hot or served cold (the perfect summer meal).

Make it with shrimp or chicken, too!

taking a bite of Easy Pad Thai Salad

More chicken salads

More salad recipes: Honey Mustard Chicken Salad [Real Housemoms], Fruity Curry Chicken Salad [RecipeGirl].

For a smaller group, these Summer Chicken Salad Sandwiches are also delish!

Refrigerate and ENJOY!

bowl of Easy Pad Thai Salad with peanuts

taking a bite of Easy Pad Thai Salad
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Easy Pad Thai Salad

Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 10 mins
Total Time: 25 mins
Yield: 10


  • 2 pounds dry rice noodles, about 1/4″ wide
  • 2 Tbsp. oil
  • 2-3 cups rotisserie chicken, pulled and chopped
  • 3-4 cloves garlic, finely minced
  • 2 cups daikon radish, finely chopped
  • 1 cup shredded carrots
  • 1 cup Napa cabbage, finely chopped
  • 1 ½ cups cilantro, chopped
  • 16 ounce jar prepared Pad Thai sauce
  • 1 cup peanuts, chopped
  • Sriracha hot chili sauce, optional
  • Lime wedges


  • 1. In a large bowl, submerge the dry rice noodles in hot tap water. Let soak for 8-10 minutes; drain and set aside.
  • 2. In a large saute pan over medium high heat, add the garlic to the pan, and fry until the garlic becomes fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add in the chopped chicken; cook for 2 minutes. Add the noodles, radish, carrots, and Napa cabbage. Stir together and fry for 1 more minute.
  • 3. Add the sauce to the pan. Add sriracha sauce if you want more spice. Turn the heat back up to medium-high. Stir to combine. Add in the peanuts and cilantro; toss to combine. Place the salad in a large bowl and refrigerate.
  • 5. Garnish with cilantro and peanuts (optional); refrigerate for at least 2 hours; serve with fresh lime.


Repost from May 2016
Cuisine: Thai
Course: Salad
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taking a bite of Easy Pad Thai Salad with chopsticks