Thai Lamb Larb Salad

Prep Time

15 min

Cook Time

15 min

Total Time

30 min



thai lamb larb salad plated with serving utensils


  • 1/2 cup hot water
  • 2 tablespoons vinegar, white or rice wine
  • 1 red onion (divided, see instructions)
  • 3 garlic cloves, (rough chopped)
  • 4 tablespoons lemongrass, (finely minced)
  • 1 teaspoon chili flakes, (more to taste)
  • 1 pound ground American Lamb
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 cups cucumber, (sliced or diced)
  • 2-3 radishes, sliced (or watermelon radish)
  • 3 scallions, (thinly sliced)
  • 1 tablespoon fresh red chili or jalapeno, finely minced (optional)
  • 1/2 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1/2 cup chopped mint
  • 1/2 cup chopped basil (Thai basil works well)
  • 2 tablespoons fish sauce
  • 4-5 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon sugar


Serve with lettuce wraps or Jasmine rice or both!

Dice half the onion (1 cup) and thinly slice 1/4 of the onion ( 1/4- 1/2 cup).

Quick Pickle the sliced onions: Place the sliced onions in a bowl, cover with 1/2 cup hot water and 2 tablespoons vinegar, place in the fridge.

Cook Lamb: Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the cup of diced red onion, sauté 3-4 minutes, add garlic, lemongrass and chili flakes. Sauté until fragrant, 2-3 minutes. Add the ground lamb, breaking it apart with a metal spatula. Season with the salt and pepper and continue cooking until all the liquid releases and evaporates about 10 minutes. Drain the fat from the lamb, using a fine-mesh strainer.

While the lamb is cooking, prep the remaining salad ingredients. Place the cucumber, radish, scallions, mint, basil, cilantro, fresh chili (optional) in a bowl. Add the lamb and the strained onions. Add the fish sauce, lime juice and sugar. Taste, adjust salt, lime and heat.

Serve with lettuce wraps and/or cooked rice.

USDA recommends the following time and temperature parameters

Ground Lamb

Internal temperature of 160°F

All Other Cuts

Internal temperature of 145°F, with a 3 minute rest

larb salad ingredients seperated in a bowl
completed thai lamb larb in a large serving dish
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