There’s a pad thai at one of my favorite vegan restaurants that’s conveniently located very close to home – Candle Cafe West. While I don’t love their version of pad thai, I thought I might be able to put my spin on it and make it into a healthy dinner/packable work lunch. I did some googling to see how other people had made pad thai and then decided to just wing it.
What you’ll need:
- 1 zucchini, thinly chopped or shredded with veggie peeler
- 2 carrots, thinly chopped or shredded with veggie peeler
- 4 shiitake mushrooms, chopped and sautéed in 1/2 TBS sesame oil
- 1/2 yellow pepper, chopped
- 1 cup edamame
- 1/2 package pressed tofu
- 1/2 head of radicchio, chopped
- 1 tsp sesame seeds
- 1 tsp flax seeds
What you’ll need for dressing:
- 1 roasted garlic clove (or raw if you don’t have roasted around)
- 1/4 cup crunchy peanut butter
- 2 TBS soy sauce
- juice from 1 lime
- 1 TBS agave nectar
- 3 TBS warm water
Get your tofu rinsed and pressed first while you work on everything else. Saute your mushrooms in sesame oil until they release their juices – set aside. Chop all of your veggies and try not to lose a finger. I decided to take a veggie peeler to the zucchini and carrots to make the “noodles” but did risk losing if not a finger, at least a nail in the batch. Thankfully, I survived.
Toss all the veggies together in a giant bowl and make your dressing in a separate container. I chose to keep the dressing separate until each serving was ready to eat.
I went nuts for this dressing and can’t wait to find more things to make that I can put it on again. We had the salad for a light dinner and then turned it into a great wrap for lunch the next day by adding avocado and rolling everything up! Definitely versatile and worth making again!
I prepare the seasoning exactly like yours, but with raw garlic. Your version with roasted garlic sounds definitively more flavorful. Thanks for the suggestion, I’m going to try it for my next salad bowl!
Let me know what you think! I absolutely loved how the sauce turned out, I hope you will too!
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