Remember how much I love Sarah Fragoso? She just posted an awesome recipe for Thai “No Peanut” sauce that anyone with a well-stocked Paleo pantry can throw together in a few minutes. This well-balanced sauce/dressing is downright remarkable –I bet you could drizzle some on an old shoe and it would taste yummy!

Tonight, I threw together a simple yet scrumptious salad with pantry staples and items from my weekly vegetable CSA box. What follows is not a strict recipe but merely a suggestion – please feel free to substitute whatever you have on hand. Most South East Asian salads combine spicy, tangy, crunchy, savory, and sweet so try to come up with a combination that incorporates all of these components.

Time to make Thai-Inspired Crispy Duck and Arugula Salad!

Serves 4


  • 4 medium carrots, peeled with a julienne peeler
  • 3 kohlrabi bulbs, peeled and cut into matchsticks (you can also cut up an apple or pear)
  • A handful of cherry tomatoes
  • A big bag o’arugula
  • 8 cheater crispy duck confit legs
  • One serving of Everyday Paleo’s Thai “No Peanut” sauce


  • All of my recommended kitchen tools are listed here.


I washed and prepped the veggies…

…mixed the dressing…

…and fried the duck legs in duck fat.

Then, I tossed the veggies with the dressing…

…and topped them with the crispy duck legs.


Thai-Inspired Crispy Duck & Arugula Salad by Michelle Tam / Nom Nom Paleo

Dinner was yummerific and done in a flash!

Looking for more recipe ideas? Head on over to my Recipe Index. You’ll also find exclusive recipes on my iPhone and iPad app, and in my cookbooks, Nom Nom Paleo: Food for Humans (Andrews McMeel Publishing 2013), Ready or Not! (Andrews McMeel Publishing 2017), and Nom Nom Paleo: Let’s Go! (Andrews McMeel Publishing 2021).


About Michelle Tam

Hello! My name is Michelle Tam, and I love to eat. I think about food all the time. It borders on obsession. I’ve always loved the sights and smells of the kitchen. My mother was (and is) an excellent cook, and as a kid, I was her little shadow as she prepared supper each night. From her, I gained a deep, abiding love for magically transforming pantry items into mouth-watering family meals.

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