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Spiralized Rainbow Pad Thai

Inspired by Oh She Glows

Spiralized Rainbow Pad Thai ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #healthy #Thai #recipe

A rainbow of vegetables partner with shrimp, chicken, eggs and traditional Pad Thai flavors to create a beautiful, vibrant, veggie-licious yet high protein meal full of delightful Asian flavors. It’s amazing to eat hot right out of the pan, but also surprisingly good cold too, as a Pad Thai “salad”.

I decided I need to make this dish the moment I saw the post from Oh She Glows … all the beautiful colors made me want that vibrant dish right away. And then I found myself with a drawer full of colorful vegetables (or two … okay, I may have a slight problem … is there such a thing as a veggie-holic? Because I keep buying more every freaking time I go to the store, even when I have more than I can handle on hand already. I may need a support group.)

I’ve long been a huge fan of Pad Thai, a wonderful zesty lime and peanut Thai dish usually made with rice noodles, lime and peanuts with chicken and/or shrimp. My love of Pad Thai all started back when I lived where there were amazing Thai restaurants to go to. I have since moved to a place where we have loads of wonderful restaurants, but oh what I would give for a good Thai place because we have absolutely zero of those in this midwest town. Of course this means I have to cook it myself whenever I want Thai food.

Anyway, I loved the idea of a rainbow Pad Thai (with Zoodles, of course! because I love my spiralizer) … but I searched around to look at other Pad Thai recipes before I made it. I found a lot of different ideas and eventually came up with my own blend of ingredients, partly based on what was called for in the recipes I found and partly based on what I have on hand in my kitchen at the moment. Fortunately, a rainbow of veggies was the easy part. I got that covered, hands down. And zucchini to spiralize … I got that one, too. Plus I had some leftover rotisserie chicken that I had frozen and that wonderful frozen, pre-cooked shrimp from Costco. And limes, because I came across a bag full of limes somewhere and just HAD to get them.

To make the zucchini (and/or carrot) noodles, you’ll need a spiralizer. If you don’t have one yet in your kitchen, I highly recommend the Paderno Spiralizer (see pic below). I recently bought a Cuisinart spiralizer, thinking it would work better, but it just doesn’t. In fact, I haven’t found a way to make zoodles with my new Cuisinart spiralizer at all. I went back to my old Paderno spiralizer and I’m very much appreciating the nice long zoodles the Paderno makes in no time. Here’s a pic/link to Amazon if you want one … (btw, yes, I do get a tiny bit back when you purchase things like this from Amazon from here, but this is my honest opinion and advice to you from someone who’s been there: if you want a spiralizer, get the Paderno.)

Back to Pad Thai talk: prep all the ingredients for this dish before you start cooking because once you start cooking, this comes together quite quickly!

Spiralized Rainbow Pad Thai

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

Yield: 3 - 4 servings

Spiralized Rainbow Pad Thai


    For the sauce:
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 1 - 2 Tablespoons natural peanut butter
  • 1 Tablespoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon fish sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon rice vinegar
  • For the rest:
  • 3/4 cup cooked chicken
  • Sesame oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled & chopped fine
  • 1 Tablespoon freshly grated ginger root
  • 2 red and 2 yellow mini sweet peppers, cut in strips
  • 1 zucchini (about 8 inches long), spiralized
  • 1/3 of a red cabbage, sliced thin, then cut into strips
  • 1 large carrot, spiralized or shredded
  • 3 scallions (both green and white parts), chopped in fine bits
  • 10 - 14 large frozen, pre-cooked peeled shrimp
  • 1/3 cup cilantro leaves (packed)
  • Soy sauce or tamari (for gluten free), to taste
  • Red pepper flakes, to taste
  • For the top:
  • Black (or white) sesame seeds
  • Fresh cilantro leaves
  • Roasted, salted peanuts, roughly chopped


  1. In a small bowl, whisk together the sauce, then put the chicken in the sauce to soak up the flavors.
  2. Heat a large saute pan or wok over medium heat, add a bit of sesame oil to coat the bottom of the pan, then add the eggs and scramble, but remove them from the pan while they are still VERY wet.
  3. If any egg residue remains, rinse it out of the pan, then add a little more sesame oil. Over medium heat, add the garlic and ginger and cook for about a minute, then add the peppers and saute a few more minutes until they are getting tender, then add the rest of the veggies (through the scallions).
  4. Cook until all is crisp tender, stirring frequently, then stir in the chicken with sauce, and shrimp. Cook just until the chicken and shrimp are hot, stir in the cilantro, soy sauce, and red pepper flakes, adjusting to taste.
  5. Serve topped with sesame seeds, extra cilantro and chopped peanuts. Enjoy!


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Spiralized Rainbow Pad Thai ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #healthy #Thai #recipe

(BTW, if anyone knows of a good spiralizer for thinner vegetables like carrots, I would LOVE to hear about it! I want to spiralize carrots … that’s the one thing I haven’t found a way to do with my Paderno.)

This recipe was shared at Full Plate Thursday, Foodie Friends Friday and Hearth & Soul Bloghop.

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8 Responses

  1. I adore Pad Thai, and I love this gorgeous, colourful dish! What a beautiful, healthy dinner. Shared on the Hearth and Soul Facebook page and pinned! Thank you so much for sharing with us at Hearth and Soul.

    April 3, 2017 at 7:09 am

  2. You know, I have had something similar to this in my mind for a little while but never quite seem to get round to making it. This looks so pretty and tasty too!

    April 6, 2017 at 10:58 am

  3. Absolutely stunning photos of a lovely recipe Ann. I really can’t wait to try this…my perfect kind of food ♥

    April 7, 2017 at 9:51 am

  4. Now there’s a dish I can sink my teeth into! Love it!!! Can I have two helpings? Please and Thank You!

    April 7, 2017 at 12:59 pm

  5. You have such a way with bright, beautiful colors… This looks absolutely amazing!!

    April 7, 2017 at 1:01 pm

  6. This is a beautiful dish! I love all of the colors, textures, and flavors. You’ve loaded this recipe with so much goodness and shrimp is a great addition!

    April 7, 2017 at 3:56 pm

  7. Congratulations!
    Your recipe is featured on Full Plate Thursday this week and we have pinned it to our features board. Enjoy your new Red Plate and thanks so much for sharing with us!
    Miz Helen

    April 9, 2017 at 8:56 am

    • Ann

      Thanks Miz Helen! That makes me so happy. 🙂

      April 9, 2017 at 12:47 pm