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Thai Lemongrass Salad | Yum Takrai | ยำตะไคร้

Thai Lemongrass Salad | Yum Takrai | ยำตะไคร้

I’m always excited to discover new Thai salads.  (well, they’re not actually new in terms of Thai cuisine, just new to me)

I think part of my excitement stems from not having tried all of the various Thai salads, and really, not knowing all of the possibilities that exist.  Although most Thai salads of the “yum” variety feature tons of fresh herbs and an intense spicy and sour dressing, it’s fascinating to me to taste the subtle differences between them.

Hubby grew up eating these salads, in all their various forms.  For him, Thai salads are simply variations on a delicious theme.  So even though he wasn’t quite as excited as I was by the novelty of this lemongrass salad that I recently discovered, we both agreed that it was totally delicious!

This salad is aptly named, as the star of the show is definitely the finely sliced fresh lemongrass.

Thai Lemongrass Salad | Yum Takrai | ยำตะไคร้

Its citrus fragrance permeates the rest of the ingredients, bringing together unlikely components such as ground pork, shrimp, and toasted cashews in a wonderfully refreshing way.  Each bite is bursting with flavor, from the herbal notes of the lemongrass and mint, the spicy and sour flavors of the dressing, the heartiness of the meats, and the nuttiness of the toasted cashews…

Thai Lemongrass Salad | Yum Takrai | ยำตะไคร้

Needless to say, I’m pretty happy to have discovered this refreshing, yet hearty Thai salad!

Do you guys have any Thai salads you love that should be next on my list to try?

Thai Lemongrass Salad | Yum Takrai | ยำตะไคร้

Lemongrass Salad | Yum Takrai | ยำตะไคร้

Makes 2 servings

Lemongrass Salad | Yum Takrai | ยำตะไคร้


  • 1/3 cup ground pork
  • 1 Tablespoon dried shrimp
  • 8 large shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1/3 cup raw cashews
  • 2 Tablespoons shallots
  • 3 Tablespoons fresh lemongrass
  • 1/4 cup mint leaves
  • 1/4 cup cilantro
  • 1 red Thai chili
  • 2 Tablespoons fish sauce
  • 2.5 Tablespoons lime juice
  • 1 Tablespoon palm sugar


  1. Start by dry roasting your cashews and dried shrimp. Heat a large flat pan over medium heat, and add these ingredients, separately, stirring around the pan until they are toasted on both sides. Remove and set aside.
  2. Heat a pot of water over medium heat until it is simmering. Add the shrimp and allow them to cook through, removing as soon as they are done. Then add the ground pork to the pot, again allowing to cook through, stirring occasionally to break up large chunks. Remove from the pot and set aside.
  3. Slice the lemongrass as finely as possible, using only the tender part of the stalks. Slice the shallots and red Thai chili finely, and coarsely chop the mint and cilantro.
  4. Combine the fish sauce, lime juice, and palm sugar in a small bowl, stirring until the palm sugar is dissolved into the mixture. Taste and adjust the flavors as needed to suit your palate.
  5. In a large bowl, combine the cooked shrimp and pork, toasted dried shrimp and cashews, and sliced herbs. Pour the salad dressing on top and gently mix everything together.
  6. Serve over a bed of wild pepper leaves, if available, and with a side of hot jasmine rice. Enjoy!

6 comments… add one
  • Mara September 25, 2018, 10:31 am

    Dear Rachel,

    What a wonderful website you have made, absolutely great! Just came back from a few months in Thailand and ready to cook! Will try everything you have written :))

    I read “Do you guys have any Thai salads you love that should be next on my list to try?” and well, yes I do have a request.. It’s a pennyworth salad. Phonetically Thai people call it something like Bai boho bo. I have a picture somewhere, will trace it down and see what hints I can give about the ingredients. But maybe you know it.. And the Burmese tea leaf salad? (not thai, I know, but sooo good..) Thank you Rachel, for sharing your knowledge and hopefully a new salad recipe soon.

    All the best, Mara

    • Rachel October 1, 2018, 4:46 am

      Thanks, Mara! I’ll put pennyworth salad on my “to do” list :)

  • Stephen Ellis May 24, 2015, 8:28 pm

    Rachel, are you familiar with any good over the counter low sodium Thai ingredients, such as red and green curry pastes? I had been buying Thai and True, until they revealed their sodium content was about ten times more that they had previously advertised. I love Thai food but am on a low sodium diet. Thanks in advance for your thoughts.

  • Kev Minh Allen May 18, 2015, 6:56 pm

    Great food photos! Thai and Lao cuisine is some of the tastiest in the world. So healthy when fresh, too.

  • allispinkk April 30, 2015, 4:14 pm

    I just cant explain how happy I am when your posts are up. It is only because of your photos, you have an amazing creativity in culinary photography.

    • Rachel May 1, 2015, 2:47 am

      What a sweet comment! Thanks so much :)

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