Made with fresh ingredients, rotisserie chicken, and the best spicy flavors, you’ll love this Easy Pad Thai Salad to bring to your next potluck!

Red bowl of Easy Pad Thai Salad

Summer is here, and we’ve been going to a lot of backyard celebrations for different occasions. One dish I like to make ahead and bring to a party is my Easy Pad Thai Salad!

It not only feeds a crowd, it’s loved by all. Plus, Thai cooking is so simple and fresh!

Easy Pad Thai Salad

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

Add it to your weekly dinner rotation (or serve as leftover the next day)!

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

Red bowl of Pad Thai Salad garnished with peanuts and fresh cilantro

Dinnertime matters

With 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.

Up close Spicy Easy Pad Thai Salad with chicken

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!

Peanuts and cilantro on top of a bowl of Spicy Easy Pad Thai Salad Recipe

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!

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Easy Pad Thai Salad


  • 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 1/2 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.


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Bowl of Easy Pad Thai Salad with peanuts and cilantro

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