This easy Thai Shrimp Salad comes together in less than 15 minutes making it a great option for a weeknight meal. It’s light, refreshing, and oh so tasty!
Do you love Thai food? Then you’ll love the flavors in this salad! This definitely isn’t a traditional Thai dish, but it’s inspired by all those yummy flavors. It’s so easy to make too! You could always cheat a little and buy the precooked shrimp and toss it in the vinaigrette to make it even faster, but I do prefer freshly cooked shrimp myself.
I always get questions about why I leave the tails on my shrimp. It’s quite simple: it’s prettier! If I took the tails off I’d get all sorts of questions about “what those circles are” because let’s face it, shrimp are ugly without their tales. Now, that being said, if you aren’t vain about your food, remove them! It definitely makes any shrimp dish much easier to eat. Food photographers, tv foodies, and restaurants will continue to leave tails on for aesthetic purposes, but you don’t have to fall into the same trap.
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Thai Shrimp Salad
- 2 tablespoons
- 1 pound jumbo shrimp, peeled and deveined
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon pepper
- ¼ cup lime juice
- 3 tablespoons soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 cloves crushed garlic
- ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
- 4 cups mixed Asian greens
- 2 cups roughly chopped fresh cilantro
- ½ cup sliced almonds
- ½ cup sliced water chestnuts
- ½ cup wonton strips
- ⅓ cup peanut sauce
- Melt 2 tablespoons of butter in a large heavy skillet over high heat. Add in the shrimp and season with salt and pepper. Stir, cooking until the shrimp turns pink which should take about 3 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside.
- In a small mixing bowl, make your vinaigrette by combining all ingredients in the bowl and whisking together.
- Pour half of the vinaigrette over the shrimp and toss the shrimp to coat.
- Place the Asian greens and cilantro into a large salad bowl. Add in shrimp, cilantro, almonds, and water chestnuts. Add wonton strips just before serving.
- Drizzle over remaining vinaigrette as well as the peanut sauce. Serve immediately.