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Nam Sod (Thai Pork Salad) for #SundaySupper

Nam Sod (Thai Pork Salad) | Magnolia Days

Is that all there is to it? No way. It can’t be right. I must be missing something. Okay then, might as well give it a go. Those were all the thoughts going through my head when I finally made Nam Sod (Thai Pork Salad). It is absolutely, hands-down my favorite Thai salad. It has been ever since the first time I tasted Thai food about 20 years ago.

My first experience with Thai food was incredible. Our friends invited us to go with them to this restaurant they enjoyed often. Of course I was all up for trying something new. I looked at the menu and had no clue whatsoever of what to order. Thankfully our friend offered to order for the table. Appetizers were gone in a flash. Then came the salads; Nam Sod (pork), Num Tuk (beef), and Larb Gai (chicken).

Nam Sod (Thai Pork Salad) | Magnolia Days

The three salads looked different. My expectation of a salad was a bed of greens with assorted toppings. They are meat salads and served with a wedge of cabbage. Sometimes they are served with lettuce leaves or sticky rice. Cabbage is my preference. It’s crunchy and can be cooling if the salad is made spicy. Heat levels of Thai food can be quite high. Medium is more like hot and hot is nuclear inferno.

Nam Sod Thai Pork Salad | Magnolia Days

What is in Nam Sod? The base is lean ground pork. I cooked it with a little water to keep it moist since it doesn’t have much fat. Then fish sauce, lime juice, and chili paste are stirred in. Let it cool a little then toss in ginger, onion, peanuts, and cilantro. Spoon it on plates and set a wedge of cabbage beside it. Devour. Note the recipe below is for a mild heat level. Increase the amount of chili paste to make it hotter. You can always stir in more at the end.

Nam Sod (Thai Pork Salad) | Magnolia Days

Do you enjoy Asian Cuisine? Which is your favorite? Mine is a tie between Thai and Japanese (sushi). There are still many types and dishes I want to try. Luckily my fellow Sunday Supper tastemakers have a bunch of recipes to share. Scroll down see the list. Big thanks to Amy of kimchi MOM for hosting. She’s inspired me to try more Korean food than ever before. I can’t wait to see what else I’m inspired to try with all the recipes below.

Nam Sod Thai Pork Salad | Magnolia Days
4.78 from 9 votes

Nam Sod (Thai Pork Salad)

Nam Sod (Thai Pork Salad) is a healthy meal full of flavors including lime, chile, onion, ginger, peanut, and cilantro. Serve with cabbage wedges.
Course Salad
Cuisine Thai
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Author Renee


  • 1 pound lean ground pork
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons fish sauce
  • 2 teaspoons red chile paste
  • 2 tablespoons thinly sliced red onion
  • 2 tablespoons thinly sliced ginger matchstick slices
  • 2 tablespoons cocktail peanuts lightly salted recommended
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
  • Cabbage wedges for serving


  1. Place pork and water in a large skillet. Cook over medium-high heat, sirrring and breaking up pork with a spoon or spatula, until pork is cooked through.
  2. Remove from heat and stir in lime juice, fish sauce, and red chile paste. Allow to cool in the skillet for about 5 minutes.
  3. Add, onion, ginger, peanuts, and cilantro. Toss to combine.
  4. Serve with cabbage wedges.

Recipe Notes

This recipe is for a mild heat level. Increase the amount of chile paste to make it hotter if desired. You can stir in extra at the end.

Nam Sod (Thai Pork Salad) is a healthy meal full of flavors including lime, chile, onion, ginger, peanut, and cilantro. Serve it with cabbage wedges.

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Recipe Rating


Monday 18th of July 2022

Delicious recipe! It's easy to make and was a big pleaser with the family.

Sarah Reid, CNP (@jo_jo_ba)

Wednesday 26th of August 2015

How exotic! Love it

Cindys Recipes and Writings

Tuesday 25th of August 2015

I'll try your mild version. Less heat more easy for me to taste all the flavors!

Sue Lau

Monday 24th of August 2015

Looks so good! Invite me next time you make this! :)


Sunday 23rd of August 2015

This looks so colourful and bright! Just what I would need right now to brighten up this rainy day! LOVE Thai food!