Flavorful Nam Sod Recipe: A Thai Pork Salad Bursting with Zesty Delights

Nam Sod

Thai Pork Nam Sod Recipe by Chef Somer with Stovetop Solutions, Personal Chef Services

As an Atlanta-based personal chef, I am thrilled to bring the exotic flavors of Thai cuisine to your table. In this post, I’ll walk you through a delectable recipe for Nam Sod, a refreshing Thai pork salad infused with a tangy dressing made from lime, ginger, and fish sauce. Prepare to embark on a culinary adventure as we explore the steps to create this sensational dish right in your own kitchen. A long time client favorite that is Gluten Free, Paleo, Whole30 compliant. It is also a WeightWatchers friendly meal and the points will based on the type of protein used.

Ingredients for Thai Nom Sod

Nam Sod Recipe:


Nom Sod with the dressing and vegetables

To begin, let’s prepare the tantalizing dressing that infuses the Nam Sod salad with its irresistible taste:


  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice (approximately 2.5 limes)
  • 2 tablespoons fish sauce
  • 1.5 tablespoons grated fresh ginger
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • Sweetener of choice (coconut sugar, honey, brown sugar, stevia) – optional – use to balance flavors if the lime is too acidic
  • Thai Chili, thinly sliced – optional – if you enjoy spicy food


  1. In a small bowl, combine the fresh lime juice, fish sauce, grated fresh ginger, and garlic (sweetener and chili, if using). Chef Tip – I often make the dressing in a large bowl, then add in the carrots, cilantro, onion, then add in the ground pork and toss to combine. This makes for easier clean up.
  2. Stir the ingredients together until they are well combined.
  3. Take a moment to taste the dressing and adjust the flavors according to your preferences. Add more fish sauce, garlic, or ginger if desired. Remember, the dressing should have a robust and potent flavor.


Thai Pork Salad Nom Sod
Nom Sod ready to be plated

Now, let’s move on to the key components of our Nam Sod salad:


  • 1 pound ground pork or chicken
  • 1/2 red onion
  • 1 carrot
  • 1/4 bunch cilantro
  • 1/2 cup unsalted peanuts – optional – leave out for a low calorie option


  1. In a large non-stick skillet, add the ground pork.
  2. Cook the pork over medium heat, breaking it into small pieces as it cooks. Continue until the pork is thoroughly cooked (approximately five minutes).
  3. Once cooked, drain off any excess fat and allow the pork to cool for a few minutes until it reaches room temperature.
  4. While the pork is cooking, peel and shred the carrot using a large-holed cheese grater.
  5. Thinly slice the red onion into strips.
  6. Roughly chop the cilantro leaves from the stems.
  7. Transfer the cooled pork to a bowl and add the prepared dressing. Stir well to ensure the flavors are evenly distributed.
  8. Add the shredded carrot, sliced red onion, cilantro, and peanuts to the bowl. Give everything a good mix, ensuring all the ingredients are well combined.
  9. Serve the Nam Sod salad over a bed of cooked rice, shredded greens, or create tantalizing lettuce wraps by filling large lettuce leaves with the mixture.

Gather your ingredients and follow this authentic Nam Sod recipe to savor the vibrant flavors of Thailand. Whether you’re hosting a dinner party or seeking a delicious family meal, Nam Sod is sure to impress.

If you’re located in the Atlanta metro area and need assistance with meal preparation or want to experience the expertise of a personal chef, look no further than Stovetop Solutions Personal Chef Service. Contact us today.