Vegan Pad Thai with Cale and Tofu

The best recipe for Vegan Pad Thai
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I don’t know about where you live, but it is hot, hot, hot here!  

After making this easy vegan pad thai recipe for lunch today my husband stated he was “too hot to eat.”  Oh well man, you missed out!  Little did he know that eating spicy foods actually cools you down!

Ever wonder why people who live in the hottest areas of the world have the spiciest cuisine? (Think India, Caribbean, Central & South America)  When eaten, spicy foods increase circulation, which induces sweat primarily in the face.  This is known as gustatory facial sweating or as my friends and I like to call it “sweaty face.”  Sweating is a regulatory system that cools us down!  Thus, spicy foods help cool us down!  Drinking cold drinks or eating cold foods is a temporary fix!  The quick cool down you get from gulping ice water drops our internal temperature, which makes our bodies turn up the heat and ultimately we end up feeling even hotter after that cool drink is gone!

Journey into the Past: Where Does Pad Thai Come From?

Before we dive into this sumptuous vegan Pad Thai recipe, let’s explore its roots. The beloved Pad Thai, with its rich textures and flavors, originated in Thailand in the mid-20th century. The Thai government introduced this dish to promote a sense of national unity, and it quickly became a nationwide favorite. Today, Pad Thai has traveled from the bustling streets of Thailand to the international culinary stage, loved by food connoisseurs worldwide.

The Heart of the Dish: Gluten-Free Noodles for Pad Thai

An essential component of any Pad Thai recipe authentic to its roots is rice noodles. To cater to our health-conscious readers, we recommend using gluten-free rice noodles in our Pad Thai recipe. Not only do they maintain the traditional feel of the dish, but they also make it accessible to those with specific dietary needs.

The Best Vegan Pad Thai Recipe: A Flavorful Experience

Now, let’s journey into the world of flavors with our easy vegan Pad Thai. This Pad Thai recipe strikes the perfect balance between tradition and health-conscious adaptations, retaining the authentic taste while catering to modern dietary requirements.

Bringing Tradition to Your Table with Pad Thai

Pad Thai symbolizes a fusion of culture, tradition, and extraordinary flavor. You Our gluten-free vegan Pad Thai recipe version with soba noodles ensures that everyone can relish this beautiful combination, irrespective of their dietary preferences. Enjoy this easy vegan Pad Thai as a midweek treat or a weekend special. And remember, each mouthful is not just food; it’s a historical narrative of Thailand’s vibrant culinary culture.

Gluten-Free Pad Thai

Soba noodles, originating from Japan, provide an exciting twist for your Pad Thai recipe. These noodles, made from buckwheat flour, are known for their unique nutty flavor and nutritional benefits, including high fiber and protein content. Notably, they’re gluten-free, fitting perfectly for individuals with dietary restrictions. Incorporating soba noodles in place of traditional rice noodles brings a fusion of Thai and Japanese culinary experiences to your table, offering an enjoyable variation to your vegan gluten free Pad Thai recipe. Just be sure to follow the package instructions to maintain their firmness during cooking.

Try this spicy pad thai recipe to cool you down today 🙂

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Vegan Pad Thai

The best recipe for Vegan Pad Thai
Course Main Meal, Side Dish
Cuisine Gluten Free, Thailand, Vegan
Keyword kale, Tofu
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 701kcal
Cost $


  • 1 pound rice noodles I used thick lo mein noodles, but you can use gluten free soba noodles if you'd like!
  • ¼ cup fresh lime juice
  • ¼ cup Bragg's Amino Acids or Tamari
  • ¼ cup toasted sesame seed oil
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • ½ thai chili sliced
  • ½ teaspoon ginger minced
  • 1 tablespoon chili oil
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 cup tofu cubed
  • 1 cup carrots julienned
  • 1 cup bean sprouts
  • 1 small bunch kale chopped
  • 8 scallions chopped
  • lime wedges
  • fresh cilantro
  • peanuts
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  • Cook noodles as directed and set aside. (If needed, wash them cold to prevent sticking)
  • In a small bowl, whisk together lime juice, Bragg’s, sesame seed oil, brown sugar, chili oil and ginger. Set sauce aside.
  • In a large wok, add chili oil over medium high heat.
  • Add garlic and sauté until fragrant.
  • Add tofu and sauté for 1-2 minutes.
  • Add carrots, bean sprouts, kale and scallions.
  • Stir-fry until the vegetables are tender yet crisp.
  • Add sauce and noodles, toss to coat.
  • Garnish with lime, cilantro, peanuts and enjoy 🙂


This Vegan Pad Thai recipe not only retains the original flavor profile of the traditional dish but also enhances it with the inclusion of nutrient-rich ingredients. The hint of spiciness intertwined with the tangy and sweet flavors makes it an unmissable culinary delight. 


Calories: 701kcal | Carbohydrates: 104g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 9g | Monounsaturated Fat: 9g | Sodium: 48mg | Potassium: 554mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 7026IU | Vitamin C: 30mg | Calcium: 184mg | Iron: 3mg
Cristina C. RD LDN
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