Thai Sausage Salad
Chinese influence in Thai culture can be found everywhere, including Thai cuisine. This simple Thai salad features a Chinese sausage called lap cheong. This type of Chinese sausage is a hard, slightly sweet pork sausage similar in texture to Italian pepperoni and can be found in any Chinese market. I’ve even seen it in some of our big supermarket chains here in Las Vegas, including Costco. It’s used in many stir fries, fried rice, appetizers and salads.
This salad is one of my all-time favorite recipes, especially when a good friend brings us a particularly nice brand of Chinese sausage she buys in Los Angeles’ Chinatown. Because this salad is so light and refreshing, it’s especially good during hot summer months, but I love it so much I make it all year round. The sausage only requires a quick stir fry before combining with the cucumbers and bean sprouts. It’s dressed with a tart lime dressing that is a perfect match for the slightly sweet, rich sausage. Served with steamed jasmine rice, it makes an easy main dish salad.