Salads in Thailand do not just provide the requisite greens to a meal: they provide a sharp counterpoint to heavier dishes like phad thai and curry. The generous dose of fish sauce that goes into them and the use of potent raw ingredients assures that flavorwise, the salads hold their own.
Steamed eggplant salad garnished with red onions, garlic, pork threads, and boiled eggs.
Green mango salad with chili peppers, red onions, and peanuts. A fish sauce puddle gathering underneath.
Shrimp salad with lemongrass, kaffir lime leaves, red onion, and chili peppers. Ceviche-esque.
Papaya salad with tomatoes and julienned carrots.