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Thai-Inspired Turkey Larb Salad (Video)

Thai-Inspired Turkey Larb Salad has Mint, Cilantro, Sriracha Sauce, and Peanuts, and this delicious low-carb salad has the Thai flavors so many people love. 

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When my niece Kara and I made this Thai-Inspired Turkey Larb Salad a few weeks ago to update the photos, we were BLOWN AWAY by the flavors of this amazing salad. Both of us love the complex blend of flavors that make Thai food so good, and we think this salad tastes like the Thai food you might get in a restaurant. I ate my leftover salad cold for breakfast the next day, and Kara told me she also couldn’t wait to eat the leftovers!

Larb Salad is a type of meat salad that came from Laos, and it’s widely eaten in Thailand and other parts of Asia. We made our version of Larb with ground turkey, but you can use ground chicken, ground beef, or ground pork if you prefer. The turkey is seasoned with minced garlic, red onion, and chopped Jalapeno and then browned. Then you add some of the flavorful dressing made with lime juice, fish sauce, sweetener, and Sriracha Sauce; this dressing gives this salad that sweet-sour-spicy-salty flavor combination that Thai dishes are known for.

And the finished salad includes chopped cilantro, chopped mint, peanuts, and fresh lime juice squeezed on at the table. Can you tell why I’m saying this is loaded with amazing flavors? I’m not claiming this is an authentic Thai recipe, but I did go to Thailand so I know this salad has enough Thai flavor to be called Thai-inspired! And it uses ingredients that I think will be available to most people. We increased some ingredients to make this a substantial main dish salad and doubled the amount of dressing when we updated the photo; I hope you will enjoy it as much as we did!


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How to Make Thai-Inspired Turkey Larb Salad:

(Scroll down for complete recipe with nutritional information.)

  1. This turkey used in the salad is loaded with flavor from minced garlic, minced red onion (or shallots), and minced jalapeno.
  2. Mix lime juice, fish sauce (affiliate link), Golden Monkfruit Sweetener (affiliate link) or sweetener of your choice, and Sriracha Sauce (affiliate link).
  3. Mix the garlic, shallot, and jalapeno into the raw turkey.
  4. Heat the peanut oil in a large frying pan, then cook the turkey over medium-high heat until it’s nicely browned, about 7-8 minutes.
  5. Turn off the heat and mix in about half the dressing mixture, stirring so it seasons all the meat.
  6. While meat cools Chop romaine, wash in a salad spinner or in the sink, and spin dry or dry with paper towels.
  7. Chop the fresh mint and cilantro. (I used my Herb Scissors (affiliate link) to cut thin strips of mint.)
  8. Cut up some fresh limes to squeeze on at the table, and chop some peanuts to garnish the salad.
  9. After the meat has cooled about 4-5 minutes, stir in the chopped mint and cilantro.  (If you’re not a cilantro fan, I’d use thinly sliced green onion instead.)
  10. Fill a salad bowl with lettuce and top with the turkey mixture, then drizzle over a little more dressing if desired and sprinkle on peanuts.
  11. Serve with additional dressing for those who want it and fresh limes to squeeze on at the table.

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More Delicious Recipes with Turkey:

Cheesy Stuffed Poblanos with Ground Turkey ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen
Sweet Potato Mushroom Ground Turkey ~ Reluctant Entertainer
Thai-Inspired Ground Turkey Stir-Fry with Basil and Peppers ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen
Greek Turkey Burgers with Yogurt and Feta ~ The Perfect Pantry
Ground Turkey Green Chile Low-Carb Tacos with Avocado Salsa ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen

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Thai-Inspired Turkey Larb Salad

Yield 4 large salads
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 7 minutes
Total Time 37 minutes

This delicious Thai-Inspired Turkey Larb Salad is loaded with those Thai flavors so many people love.

Ingredients

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 lbs. ground turkey
  • 1 T peanut oil
  • 1 T finely minced fresh garlic
  • 1/2 red onion, minced (see notes)
  • 1/2 fresh Jalapeno pepper, minced
  • 8 cups chopped romaine lettuce
  • 1 cup chopped cilantro (see notes)
  • 1 cup chopped fresh mint
  • 1/2 cup chopped peanuts (for garnishing salad)
  • fresh cut limes to squeeze on at the table (optional)

Dressing Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup fresh-squeezed lime juice (see notes)
  • 1/4 cup fish sauce (see notes
  • 4 tsp. Golden Monkfruit Sweetener (see notes)
  • 4 tsp. Sriracha Sauce

Instructions

  1. Prepare the minced garlic, minced red onion or shallots, and minced jalapeno.
  2. Mix lime juice, fish sauce (affiliate link), Golden Monkfruit Sweetener (affiliate link) or sweetener of your choice, and Sriracha Sauce (affiliate link) to make the flavorful dressing.
  3. Mix the minced garlic, shallot, and jalapeno into the raw turkey using a large spoon.
  4. Heat the peanut oil in a large frying pan, then cook the turkey over medium-high heat until it's nicely browned, about 7-8 minutes. Break it apart with a turner as it cooks.
  5. Turn off the heat and mix about half the dressing mixture into the cooked turkey, stirring so it seasons all the meat.
  6. While turkey cools chop the romaine, wash in a salad spinner (affiliate link) or in the sink, and spin dry or dry with paper towels.
  7. Chop the fresh mint and cilantro. (I used my Herb Scissors (affiliate link) to cut thin strips of mint.)
  8. Cut up some fresh limes to squeeze on at the table, and chop peanuts to garnish the salad.
  9. After the meat has cooled about 4-5 minutes, stir in the chopped mint and cilantro (or thinly sliced green onion instead if you're not using cilantro.)
  10. Fill a salad bowl with lettuce and top with the turkey mixture, then drizzle over a little more dressing if desired and sprinkle on peanuts.
  11. Serve with additional dressing for those who want it and fresh limes to squeeze on at the table.

Notes

You can use about 1/2 cup chopped shallots instead of red onion if you prefer. I used my fresh-frozen lime juice for this recipe. If you're not a cilantro fan I'd use thinly sliced green onion. I would use Red Boat Fish Sauce (affiliate link) which is gluten-free and Paleo. I'm a fan of Golden Monkfruit Sweetener (affiliate link) but use any sweetener of your choice. If you don't have Sriracha Sauce (affiliate link) use another type of Asian hot sauce.

This recipe adapted from Thai Ground Pork Salad from Food and Wine.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

1 large salad

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 614Total Fat: 43gSaturated Fat: 9.8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 28gCholesterol: 180mgSodium: 1645mgCarbohydrates: 12gFiber: 4.3gSugar: 3.6gProtein: 50g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated by the Recipe Plug-In I am using. I am not a nutritionist and cannot guarantee 100% accuracy, since many variables affect those calculations.

If you make this recipe I'd love to hear how it turns out. Leave a star rating or share on social media with the hashtag #KALYNSKITCHEN, thanks!

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Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
Switching the traditional brown sugar for an approved sweetener makes this Thai-Inspired Turkey Larb Salad salad a great choice for low-carb diets and for any phase of the original South Beach Diet.

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Use Salad Recipes to find more recipes like this one. Use the Diet Type Index to find more recipes suitable for a specific eating plan. You might also like to Follow Kalyn’s Kitchen on Pinterest to see all the good recipes I’m sharing there. If you’re a fan of the fresh mint used in this salad you might like to check out my post on Cooking with Fresh Mint.

Historical Notes for This Recipe:
This amazing salad with Thai flavors was first posted in 2013; last update June 2020.

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    34 Comments on “Thai-Inspired Turkey Larb Salad (Video)”

  1. I've made this about 5 times since discovering this recipe. It's now become a (crave-able) staple for me! Thanks!

  2. Beth, it is spelled "Larb" on Thai restaurant menus all over the U.S. and since my recipe says "Thai-inspired" I don't think there is anything wrong with how I spelled it.

  3. Thanks Carolyn. If only you did live closer, then we could cook together! Glad you like the salad.

  4. Congratulations on the successful move, Kalyn! I can just imagine the boxes piled high everywhere. Good luck with all of that! wish I lived closer and I'd come help you unpack the kitchen or something.

    Thanks for this larb recipe – I so rarely make Thai because of my hubby's diabetes since Thai food often contains sugar, but this recipe will work. I'll be trying it soon.

    Happy unpacking .. . .

  5. Thanks Zerrin. Slowly but surely I am getting a functional kitchen again.

  6. Congrats on your new house Kalyn! Hope you can easily unpack boxes and start enjoying your new kitchen! This salad sounds so tasty! Healthy and filling! Love the flavor party in it!

  7. Thanks everyone for the nice thoughts about this recipe and the new house.

  8. Hi Kalyn! I am new to your blog (and to the blogosphere). I really like your blog..the wonderful stories shared and the beautiful pictures are awesome. I need to get back into eating healthy again, and I'm so glad I found your site to add to my resource for healthy cooking.

  9. I'm so happy for you Kalyn! Your new house sounds wonderful!!

  10. Can't wait to try this salad, Kalyn. Welcome back and good to see you yesterday.

  11. Another fantastic recipe from you, Kalyn. I'm so excited for you and hope that you are settling into your new home easily.

  12. Wow Kalyn, that salad dressing sounds wonderful and low cal. I will be making soon.

    Thanks!

  13. Becky what stops me is the idea of going back through over 1,000 old recipes to see which ones fit that category!

  14. Another yummy recipe!! I was just thinking too, you should have a paleo category as the paleo diet is so popular right now and so many of your recipes fit in that diet!

  15. You beat me… I think I had 13 boxes of cookbooks, but now I don't remember for sure. I do have pictures to refresh my memory, but moving is so hard, I rather not look at them…

    good luck with your new place, it's exciting to start a new phase!

    Loved this recipe, I am a Sriracha-addict and a lover of laarb in all its forms. Have not done it with turkey, genius!

  16. Again, congratulations on the new house. This is a beautiful recipe. The meat-lover in me is loving how it looks, and the dieting me isn't protesting because it's turkey and it's a salad. Thanks for sharing this despite your being busy settling in.

  17. Thanks Alyssa, and I have to say, my family is the best!

  18. I love Larb and how you lightened and brightened this version up Kalyn. Congrats again on the new house – your family sounds awesome!

  19. Taya, thanks! And the cookbooks are definitely more organized than most of my stuff.

  20. Looks and sounds delicious! Welcome back and hope the move went well. I am sure you are glad that at least everything is moved in…now to organize the cook books, lol!