Spring Vegetable Pad Thai (Vegan)

Spring Vegetable Pad Thai with asparagus, edamame, peanut rice noodles, and more! This gluten-free, vegan recipe comes together quickly and is a much healthier option than takeout!

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Making it in the comfort of your own home using fresh, seasonal ingredients! When I’m feeling like bringing the takeout in, I’m probably ordering one of two things (okay, I’m ordering both things): Spring Rolls with Peanut Sauce or (and) Pad Thai. #PadThaiOverPizzaForDays.

In honor of my love for Pad Thai, I’m sharing with you an easy version of the meal. A vegetarian version. A healthy version!

A totally inauthentic version.

A typical Pad Thai is made with peanut oil, fish sauce, and tamarind paste all mixed up with rice noodles, chicken, tofu, shrimp, bean sprouts, and scrambled egg. It’s a meat-lover’s noodle bowl.  While I love the animal-infused Pad Thai, I figured I’d throw in some spring vegetables and make a vegetarian meal of it.

Spring Vegetable Pad Thai - vegan and gluten free | TheRoastedRoot.net #healthy #recipe #vegetarian

In lieu of the meat, I included asparagus, edamame, cabbage, carrot, and bell pepper. Instead of the peanut oil, fish sauce and tamarind paste, I made a simple peanut sauce. I replaced soy sauce with liquid aminos to keep the recipe soy-free, and you’d never know the difference! So really what I’m trying to get at here, is this recipe really bares no resemblance to authentic Pad Thai, but it certainly tastes good! Plus, it’s jam packed with colorful, nutritious vegetables.

Spring Vegetable Pad Thai - vegan and gluten free | TheRoastedRoot.net #healthy #recipe #vegetarian

Pad Thai. It’s letting your hair down in the comfort of your own home.

Spring Vegetable Pad Thai - vegan and gluten free | TheRoastedRoot.net #healthy #recipe #vegetarian

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Comments

  1. Allison

    I love this version! Great take on the traditional pad thai. I also like that it’s not too sweet, because I’ve had pad thai at restos that taste like dessert… Beautiful photos too btw!!!

    1. Julia Post author

      Thanks so much, Allison!! I didn’t even realized Pad Thai had sugar in it until I poked around the internet at Pad Thai recipes. I love a slight sweetness to the noodles, but can’t bring myself to add sugar at home. So happy you like the recipe, my dear!

  2. Isadora

    Pad Thai, spring rolls, and peanut sauce are my favorite take out foods! Where I grew up, there was an amazing Thai restaurant that I would go to once a week and order the same thing every time. I haven’t had Thai food in years and I think I need to fix that asap! I love that you used spring vegetables in yours, it is so beautiful! I just made my first peanut sauce last night (not sure why it took me so long) and now I want to make gallons of it and put it on everything. Can’t wait to make this pad thai!!

    1. Julia Post author

      Oh I’m so happy to hear it, Gina! I love that pad thai, myself! It’s so fresh and doens’t make you feel all weighted down like takeout does from time to time. 😀

  3. Lola Nova

    Thanks for sharing your ‘non pad-thai’ pad thai, I’ll remember this next time i’m out of Tamarind paste and desperately need a pad thai fix! I like the idea of adding all the spring greens too, that will make it healthier and spread it further 🙂

    1. Julia Post author

      You got it, Lola! I’m happy you like the recipe and enjoy the idea of veggie-ing it up! Let me know when you try it! 😀

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