Think about Thai food and your mind pictures crunchy, fresh vegetables, fragrant, warm spices and the amazing flavors of peanuts, coconut, ginger, garlic, lemongrass, chiles and lime. It might seem intimidating to try and recreate your favorite Thai dishes at home but once you know the flavor profile, it’s really easy to make your own Thai cuisine. Check out Tips for Making Ethnic Dishes Taste the Best and How to Cook Veggies Thai Style for guidance and recipes.
Confused about all the different color curries? Read The Ultimate Guide to Thai Curries + Learn How to Make a Curry Paste for all the details. Don’t know the difference between regular basil and Thai basil? How to Amp Up Your Cooking with Thai Basil will clear that up. One of the most distinctive flavors in Thai food usually comes from fish sauce, oyster sauce, or shrimp paste. Luckily, it’s easy to learn How to Make Vegan Fish Sauce. Whether Thai food is new to you or you’re already a fan, you’ll want to try your hand at these 10 Thai recipes that will make your summer exotic and delicious.
1. Thai Spring Pea Soup
Put an Asian spin on a classic soup with this Thai Spring Pea Soup. It’s creamy from the coconut milk, spicy from the yellow curry and full of flavor from lemongrass and garlic. It’s a delicious way to start your Thai-inspired meal.
2. Fresh Veggie Summer Rolls with Spicy Garlic Peanut Sauce
Everyone loves Summer Rolls and these are no exception. Rice paper rolls are filled with fresh herbs, rice noodles, greens, veggies and avocado. With a creamy peanut dipping sauce, this is a light dish that’s perfect for summer.
3. Spicy Raw Thai Salad
You’ll never think salad is boring again when you have this Spicy Raw Thai Salad. It’s packed with crunchy veggies like cabbage, kale, bell peppers, carrots, edamame and broccoli. The peanut dressing is extra spicy from chili oil and Sriracha but it’s also creamy from almond butter. This is going to be your new favorite salad.
4. Thai Peanut Quinoa Salad
This Thai Peanut Quinoa Salad is a celebration of flavors and textures. The blend of fresh, crunchy vegetables, light and fluffy quinoa, sweet carrots and bell peppers, and zingy green onions is perfectly balanced. The peanuty dressing gives it that distinctive Thai flavor.
5. Cold Rice Noodles in Spicy Thai Peanut Sauce
Perfect for summer days, these Cold Rice Noodles in Spicy Thai Peanut Sauce are refreshing and satisfying. The sauce is creamy and comforting from the peanut butter and coconut milk, spicy from Thai chili sauce and filled with flavor from the garlic, ginger and spices. Chopped peanuts add crunch for an amazing appetizer or entrée.
6. Thai Quinoa Burgers
These Thai Quinoa Burgers prove you can add Thai flavors anywhere and it will be incredible. Made with chickpeas, oats and quinoa, these burgers are flavored with red curry paste, soy sauce and ginger. They’re crispy on the outside, moist on the inside and delicious all over.
7. Crispy Tofu Over Thai Peanut Udon Noodles
The only thing better than Thai Peanut Noodles is Thai peanut noodles with crispy tofu on top of it. Cubes of tofu are cooked with coconut milk and Panko for a crispy balance to the creamy peanut sauce.
8. Super Healthy and Zesty Raw-Vegan Pad Thai
Pad Thai is usually stir-fried and rich but this Super Healthy Pad Thai is raw, making it a perfect dish for summer. Raw kelp noodles, crunchy veggies and a sweet and tangy cashew-based sauce make this a beautiful balance of taste, texture and color.
9. Curry With Tofu and Grilled Vegetables
Did you know that eating spicy food can make you feel cooler in hot weather? This delicious Thai Curry with sauteed tofu, lots of grilled veggies and fresh broccoli in a spicy curry is your new favorite summer curry.
10. The Ultimate Light & Refreshing Wrap: Meet The Thai Tofu-Vegetable Wrap!
Wraps are the best sandwiches for summer – they’re light, portable and healthier than regular sandwiches. This Thai-Tofu Vegetable Wrap has baked tofu strips, crisp fresh veggies and a creamy, zesty Thai-style sauce that’s full of flavor.
Thai food is one of the most flavorful cuisines in the world. With these light and healthy recipes, you’ll be enjoying homemade Thai cuisine all summer long.
Lead Image Photo: Super Healthy and Zesty Raw-Vegan Pad Thai