Thai Larb Salad – This Larb recipe is made with ground chicken, lime juice and fresh herbs. This flavorful and healthy salad is easy to make and full of authentic Thai flavors!
Larb is one of my favorite salad recipes to order at any Thai restaurant. Larb is a fresh, light, and delicious Thai salad full of complex and well balanced flavors. Lime juice, fish sauce, garlic, shallots, onions, chiles, fresh cilantro and mint give this ground chicken recipe lots of flavor.
Thai recipes are very easy to make. You can enjoy a fabulous homemade Thai meal without having to drive to your nearest Thai restaurant. Check out my Easy Tom Yum Soup (Thai Hot and Sour Soup). It comes together in very little time and it is so delicious! If you love a good Thai curry packed full of vegetables, my Thai Red Curry Chicken with Vegetables is amazing!
What is Larb
Larb Gai (also spelt Laab Gai, Laap Gai, Lahb or Larp) is a type of mince meat Thai salad seasoned with lime juice and other seasonings like fish sauce and fresh herbs. It is the “unofficial National dish of Laos” and very popular in Thailand. It can be made with ground pork, beef, duck and even fish.
How To Make Larb
To make this Larb recipe even simpler, I don’t add rice powder to thicken the sauce. I decided to leave it out because it was one less step in the process and the flavor is still the same. If you want to add it, please check below or on the recipe notes where I show you how to make roasted rice powder at home.
- First, mix the sauce ingredients. Lime juice, fish sauce and sugar. Set aside.
- In a little bit of oil stir fry the chiles, shallots and garlic.
- Add the meat and stir fry until cooked through.
- Remove the mixture from the heat and add the scallions, onions and the sauce. Toss to combine.
- Add the herbs (if using, rice powder would be added at this time) and toss. Serve!
How To Serve Larb
- You can serve this tasty Thai salad as an appetizer over lettuce leaves (Thai lettuce wraps anyone?). It is also delicious served over crispy wonton wrappers.
- I like to serve this fresh and easy salad over lettuce leaves, with sliced cucumbers and shredded carrots.
- Ground meat recipes are amazing as they cook fast. If you are short on time, but need a filling main dish, serve this ground chicken recipe over steamed white rice.
How To Make Rice Powder
Roast 1/2 cup of white rice in a dry pan over medium-high heat, stirring often until the rice is fragrant and medium brown in color. Place the rice in a food processor or blender and grind until a coarse powder is formed.
Tips and Notes
- Chopped fresh herbs and lime wedges are a must when serving this salad.
- If you cannot find Thai chiles, you can use serranos or jalapenos. Thai chili powder can also be used but be aware of the heat!
- You can make this easy salad with ground pork, ground turkey or ground beef.
- If you enjoy tasty Asian dishes here are a few favorites:
Satay with Spicy Peanut Sauce
Coconut Curry Soup with Shrimp
Beef with Broccoli
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Thai Chicken Larb Salad
- 1/4 cup fish sauce
- 6 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1 Thai chili or serrano chili, thinly sliced (more or less to your taste) or 1/2 teaspoon Thai chili powder
- 1 tablespoon vegetable, canola or coconut oil
- 1 shallot, finely chopped
- 4 garlic cloves, ninced
- 1 1/2 pounds ground chicken
- 2 scallions (green onions), thinly sliced
- 1/2 red onion, thinly sliced
- 2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped
- 1/4 cup fresh mint, chopped
- Lettuce leaves
- Carrot sticks
- Cucumber slices
- Fresh mint and fresh cilantro leaves (optional)
If you would like to add rice powder to this recipe please read the notes.
- In a small bowl mix together the fish sauce, lime juice and sugar. Mix until well combined.
- Heat a wok or medium size skillet over high heat. Add the oil. When the oil is hot, add the chilies, shallots and garlic and cook for about 1 minute or until the shallots become translucent.
- Add the ground chicken and cook for about 4 - 5 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through and no longer pink.
- Remove from the heat and add the scallions, onions and the sauce mixture. Toss to combine. Add the cilantro and mint and toss to combine.
- Serve with lettuce leaves, carrots sticks, cucumber slices and more fresh herbs (optional).
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