This dish is a lightened up version of traditional Pad Thai, and if I’m honest I think it’s even more delicious than the classic version! The silky courgettes pair perfectly with the rich and zingy sauce for a flavour fusion that you won’t be forgetting for a while. If you’re in a rush, this Raw Pad Thai can be made in under 15 minutes, but if you’ve got a little more time on your hands I highly recommend leaving the sauce to infuse further into the veggies for an even richer flavour. Oh, and the almonds are just one of the simplest but incredible things I have ever tasted, so just a word of personal experience, make more than you need because you’ll finish them before it’s even time to serve up!

Serves 4

What you need

  • 6 courgettes
  • 3 carrots, peeled
  • 5 asparagus spears, very thinly sliced
  • 2 red peppers, deseeded and thinly sliced

Tamari-roasted almonds

  •  50g (1/3 cup) whole almonds
  • 1 tablespoon tamari
  • 1 tablespoon water

Sauce

  •  3 Medjool dates, pitted and chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic, peeled and crushed
  • 1 thumbnail-sized knob of fresh root ginger, peeled and grated
  • 240ml (1 cup) full-fat coconut milk
  • 80g (1/3 cup) almond butter
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 2 tablespoons tamari

What you do

 Preheat the oven to 18’C/160’C fan/gas 4. To make the tamari-roasted almonds, combine the tamari and water in a bowl, add the almonds and coat well in the liquid. Tip into a baking tray, spreading out evenly, then place in the oven to roast for 2-3 minutes, until the liquid has dissolved. Remove from the oven and set aside.

Next spiralize the courgettes and carrots with a spiraliser if you have one, or peel them into fine ribbons with a vegetable peeler if you don’t. To prepare the sauce, simply chuck all the sauce ingredients into a blender and blend!

To assemble the dish, place all the prepared vegetables into a large mixing bowl, add the tamari-roasted almonds, pour in the sauce and toss well together. Plate up and enjoy!

Extracted from Naturally Sassy by Saskia Gregson-Williams. (Ebury Press, £16.99)

Photography by Matt Russell


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