This cooling yet spicy Thai celery salad is a refreshing and light salad that combines Thai and Chinese flavours for a flavour packed side. Known as a tiger salad, this easy side dish comes together fairly quickly after some chopping and can be prepped ahead to save time. This tiger salad has so much texture going on with the crunchy celery, cilantro, green onion and chopped cashews on top. If you're looking for a new way to enjoy lots of celery, this is it.
We recently went to NYC and had the best time. Of course, much of the trip was dedicated to finding and enjoying delicious bites, you can find all our fav spots here if you're interested. And there were many to choose from! One of the spots we knew we had to try was Xi'an Famous Foods. It's been around a while but we hadn't ever had the chance to try it. If you love Chinese foods, hand pulled noodles and flavourful dishes, definitely go and check it out. One of their famous dishes (there are many) is Lao Hu Cai (also referred to as tiger vegetable salad). It has tons of crisp celery, lots of cilantro (tender stems and all), green onions and spicy Longhorn peppers. It's then tossed in a sesame oil vinaigrette. My version of this tiger salad offers a Thai twist (simply because I love Thai food and flavours so much). I add fish sauce, Thai basil and crushed Thai spiced cashews. It's inspired by Alison Roman's celery salad recipe.
Here's everything you'll need to make this flavourful Thai celery salad.
Making this refreshing tiger salad at home is quite easy, it just takes some prep work with the chopping.
Once you have the veggies chopped. Place the celery, onion, cilantro, pepper and Thai basil in a large salad bowl.
In a small bowl, mix together both oils, (avocado and sesame), fish sauce, tamari, vinegar, lime juice and sugar. Whisk until the sugar is incorporated.
Pour the dressing over the salad and toss well to combine. Top with chopped cashews. Season to taste with kosher salt and fresh pepper.
Serve and enjoy!
I share these products to show you what I choose to use in my kitchen as staple ingredients I use daily (or weekly). So if you opened up my fridge (or pantry), here's what you'll find!
I exclusively use Diamond Crystal kosher salt for all of my recipes. I prefer the texture, taste and consistency of this brand and highly recommend it for everyday cooking.
I recommend getting a high quality one, such as this one from Red Boat. It's a great brand, made with only anchovies and salt and doesn't have any added sugar.
Low Sodium Tamari:
Tamari is a great option for those needing a gluten-free soy sauce. I'm not gluten-free, but still primarily use this brand. It's not too salty and it tastes great.
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This Thai celery salad is a riff on a Tiger salad from Xi'an Famous Foods in New York City. It's got everything you want in a salad and is refreshing, salty, spicy and crunchy.