Author Notes: If I told you this huge platter of salad salad took me only 18 minutes to make, would you believe me? It's true, I timed it. It's the perfect dinner for a busy weeknight. The most time consuming part was making the dressing (but this is something that could be done up to 3 days in advance). I made the dressing, then quickly just arranged all of the salad elements on a big platter. I headed out to the grill with the shrimp, and as soon as they were done, I transferred them right from the grill onto the salad. I know it looks like there are a lot of ingredients, but you probably already have a lot of the dressing ingredients on hand.
I love this salad because there's lots of crunchy elements like bean sprouts and lo mein noodles to balance the soft mandarin oranges and shrimp. The dressing has spiciness from the gochujang, but it's a total crowd-pleaser, as it's well balanced with tart lime juice and zest, and a little bit of creamy peanut butter. Don't be afraid to destroy the beautiful arrangement - just grab a fork and dig in.
- Juice and zest of 1 lime
- 1-1/2 tablespoon gochujang (Korean chili paste)
- 1 tablespoon creamy peanut butter
- 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
- 1 tablespoon soy sauce
- 2 teaspoons granulated sugar
- 2 teaspoons grated fresh ginger
- 2 teaspoons sesame oil
- 1/2 cup olive oil
Asian Shrimp Salad
- 5 ounces spring mix
- 2 carrots, shredded (or use your vegetable peeler to make ribbons)
- 1 cup mandarin oranges
- 3/4 cups bean sprouts
- 3/4 cups diced cucumber
- 1/2 cup cilantro
- 1/2 cup crunchy rice noodles
- 1/4 cup sliced almonds (toasted, if you feel like it)
- 1-1/2 tablespoon black or white sesame seeds
- Nonstick cooking spray
- 1 pound 16-20 count peeled and deveined shrimp
- Preheat grill for direct grilling over medium heat. Meanwhile, make Gochujang Dressing: In small bowl, whisk together lime juice and zest, gochujang, peanut butter, vinegar, soy sauce, sugar, ginger and sesame oil. Gradually add olive oil, while whisking, until all oil is fully incorporated. Makes about 1 cup dressing (you may have some leftover dressing).
- Spread spring mix on a large platter. Arrange carrots, oranges, bean sprouts, cucumber, cilantro, noodles and almonds over salad greens. Sprinkle with sesame seeds.
- Spray grill rack with nonstick spray; transfer shrimp to grill. Cook 5 to 6 minutes or until shrimp turn opaque throughout and internal temperature reaches 145°, turning once. Remove shrimp from grill and arrange over top of salad. Serve immediately with Gochujang Dressing.
- This recipe was entered in the contest for Your Best Spicy Recipe