Spicy food and pasta are two of my favorite things to eat and this simple recipe combine them both to create a spicy Thai spaghetti salad. I tried to recreate the spicy Thai salad I buy from Gelson's market and came pretty darn close, except my version does have a stronger ginger note. Also this version is ton's cheaper.
the shopping list
dried spaghetti: Use your favorite brand, mine is either Barilla or DeCeco.
Thai peanut sauce: For this recipe I used the Target brand Good & Gather which is quite good, but you can find a good selection at most supermarkets.
peanut butter: microwave a creamy peanut butter to thin it out and make it easier to mix in with the peanut sauce. I like the extra peanut flavor, you should taste the sauce before adding because you may prefer the jar sauce without adding in more peanut butter.
The peanut sauce is the star of a spicy Thai salad so taste a few different brands to find your favorite.
When you choose your peanut sauce look at the ingredient, some have more ginger flavor than others. The Good and Gather has a stronger ginger flavor.
hot chili sauce: (optional for added heat) the Garlic Chili Sauce is perfect to add more spice.
shredded cabbage mix: you can certainly shred your own but I find buying the shredded cabbage mix simpler.
green onions: use both the green and the whit part of the green onion. fresh & dried cilantro: The fresh chopped cilantro is for the garnish, but if you prefer you can also use fresh in place of the dried.
If you like my spicy Thai spaghetti salad then try my quick and easy homemade peanut butter.
How to Store the salad
My cold Thai salad is a perfect make-ahead recipe and will stay fresh for 2-3 days in the refrigerator.
Doubled the recipe is perfect for office potluck gatherings or for a summer picnic.
What makes this Thai salad so great?
The simplicity in this salad is what makes it so wonderful. Using bagged shredded cabbage and jar peanut sauce saves valuable time. You can easily adjust the flavors by adding more peanut butter or omitting the chili sauce for a perfect flavor combination.