Chiva-Som’s Yam Yai – Traditional Thai Salad

At Chiva-Som, which is a fabulous health and wellness spa in Thailand, they have perfected the art of Spa cuisine. Everyday at the lunch buffet, some version of Yam Yai which is a traditional Thai salad, was available.

There are many ways of changing up this salad by using different vegetables in it or different dressings. I have given the recipe for an alternative  dressing below though the fat-free fresh house dressing  they make at Chiva-Som is really outstanding.

I’ve also given a recipe for a papaya salad, if you choose to add fresh green grated papaya to the vegetables in this salad.



CHIVA-SOM’S YAM-YAI

Serves 2

Ingredients:

½ cup carrots shredded

½ cup turnip or daikon shredded

½ cucumber shredded

5 tablespoons of Chinese celery (finely chopped – optional)

1 spring onion

½ onion finely sliced

½ tomato de-seeded and sliced

2 tablespoons of chopped roasted almonds


Fat-free House Dressing:

4 garlic cloves

¾ of a red bell pepper

2 coriander roots

1 cup rice vinegar

½ cup honey

7-8 cloves of pickled garlic ( you can buy this at an Asian grocery or make it yourself)

METHOD:

  • To make the dressing, place all the ingredients for the dressing in a blender and blend until it is pureed.


  • Set this dressing aside –leftovers can be stored in the fridge for later use too.
  • In a salad bowl, combine all the chopped vegetables
  • Add 2-3 tablespoons of dressing and gently toss to mix
  • Garnish with ground roasted almonds and serve.

Nutritional Information Per Serving:

Calories:                       91.8 kcal

Protein:                        2.8 g

Carbohydrate:            13.9g

Fat:                               3.1 g


Soya- Lime Dressing for the Yam Yai

1 tablespoon lime juice

2 tablespoon soy sauce

1 tablespoon honey

1 tablespoon Thai dressing

  • Mix above ingredients well and use as dressing on Yam Yai


Dressing for Papaya Salad

1 tablespoon lime juice

2 tablespoon soy sauce

1 tablespoon honey

Chopped chilies

  • Mix above ingredients well and use as dressing on Yam Yai with grated green papaya.

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