Thai Pork Salad with Kelp Noodles

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This Thai Pork Salad with Kelp Noodles is one of my go-to weeknight dinners! It’s packed full of flavor from a generous handfuls of fresh herbs, garlic, ginger, shallots, and the most delicious sauce made out of coconut aminos, fish sauce, and lime juice. Traditionally, you can serve this meat salad with cellophane noodles or in lettuce cups but we’re opting for kelp noodles and a few lettuce cups too for good measure.

Kelp noodles are a low carb alternative to regular noodles and boast some great health benefits such as being high in iodine, calcium, and iron. I love the crunchy texture but if you’d like them softer you can soak them in hot water instead of just rinsing them with cool water before serving.

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Nutritional values (per serving)

9.3 grams 5.2 grams 41 grams 55.3 grams 23.7 grams 721 calories
Total Carbs14.5grams
Net Carbs9.3grams
of which Saturated23.7grams
Magnesium86mg (22% RDA)
Potassium1,013mg (51% EMR)

Macronutrient ratio: Calories from carbs (5%), protein (23%), fat (71%)

Ingredients (makes 2 servings)

  • 1 tbsp fat of choice (virgin coconut oil, lard, tallow)
  • 1 lb ground pork, 20% fat (450 g)
  • large handful mixed minced herbs (Thai basil, mint, cilantro), (35 g/ 1.2 oz)
  • 2-inch piece of fresh ginger, minced (10 g/ 0.4 oz)
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced (15 g/ 0.5 oz)
  • 2 small shallots, thinly sliced (30 g/ 1.1 oz)
  • 4 green onions, thinly sliced (30 g/ 1.1 oz)
  • 1 tbsp fish sauce
  • 1 tbsp coconut aminos
  • zest of 1 lime (about 1 tsp)
  • juice of 1 lime (about 3 tbsp)
  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 tsp white pepper
  • 1 bag kelp noodles (340 g/ 12 oz), rinsed according to the package directions
  • lettuce cups, for serving (85 g/ 3 oz)
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  1. Heat the fat in a large skillet over high heat. Add in the pork and shallot, cook 6-8 minutes breaking the pork into small pieces with the back of a wooden spoon. Once the pork has browned mix together the minced garlic, minced ginger, 1/2 of the herbs, and green onions in a small bowl as well as the fish sauce, coconut aminos, lime juice and zest, red pepper flakes, and white pepper in another small bowl. Thai Pork Salad with Kelp Noodles
  2. Add the herb mixture to the pan and cook 1 minute, add in the sauce and stir to combine. Turn off the heat and stir in the remaining herbs. Taste for salt and add a pinch if necessary. Thai Pork Salad with Kelp Noodles
  3. Serve the pork salad with the lettuce cups, ... Thai Pork Salad with Kelp Noodles
  4. ... kelp noodles, and additional lime wedges. Thai Pork Salad with Kelp Noodles
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Hello!  This is my first blog post comment--ever.  I am finally taking the energy and time to give my feedback because I've been using the KetoDietApp (first time Keto-er going on about 2 months now, give or take) and because of these recipes I have discovered more delicious variety in what I eat than what I ate before I began eating 25 grams of carbs or less per day!
I have to say that every single recipe I've tried from your blog (so far:  this one, lemon curd along with sweet keto pie crusts, ultimate keto hot dogs, ultimate keto buns (which I make weekly), bistro steak salad with horseradish dressing, keto & paleo condensed milk and ultimate keto coffee (which I make for an extra boost for my morning weekend workouts--other days i have the bullet proof (sans egg yolks)) have been absolutely DELICIOUS!
Words can't express how much I've been enjoying the process, which has been made immensely more enjoyable by your blog post recipes that pop-up on my phone every now and then.  I can't wait to try the zesty low-carb lemon cake, which I might just have to leave work early for to run home and make!  (also on my list is the healthy low-carb white chocolate, the ingredients for which just arrived at my home from Amazon a few days ago!)
I made this recipe, the Thai pork salad with kelp noodles, last night for dinner and it reminded me EXACTLY of the larb I used to eat at the Thai restaurant my family and I would go out to once a week growing up.  The flavors are so on point!  I don't generally prefer pork so I made with very lean, 100% grass-fed beef and added about 4 extra tablespoons of butter to get the fat/protein ratio as close as possible to the end product in the recipe.  
And with that, I'll finish with a thank you thank you thank you!  Please keep posting these delicious recipes!


Where do I get these kelp noodles?


Hi Roman, I added a link to Amazon - see the list of ingredients. I hope this helps.


Thank you