Thai Shrimp Salad

It’s a good thing I’m showing you a salad today, because the rest of the week I’m pretty much blowing your diet.


It’s going to be wonderful.

So tell me, how was your weekend? We never talk about that! We should talk about it. Mine was arl gerd. My mom and sis were up for a quick visit, which consisted of us listening to the new JT nonstop, especially, “that coat and tie song!” as my mom says. Then they left and Aaron and I got the garden tilled. We got the lettuces and the herbs in. He built a sweet trellis for our berry patch. S’gern be peeeeeemp.

Are you gardening yet? Get anything in the ground this weekend? I still need to tackle our window boxes. I usually go with bright orange and red geraniums and begonias. With ivy on each side, all spilly and cascadey. It’s just so dang gorgeous! I think I’ll do that this week.

Are you bored?

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We can talk about this super simp to the shrimp Thai salad instead. (I didn’t even know that was going to happen.)

See that greenish water in the noodles right below those words I just typed just 10 seconds ago? It’s green because it’s the same water I used to cook the sugar snaps in. Planet saving, you guys. I want to say boom right now but I don’t want you to flick my face.

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So the way this goes is, you blanch your peas. You cook your noodles. (all that takes, what, five minutes? six? seven?)

You sear your shrimp. You slice up some fresh peppers, cherry toms and romaine. You grab some fresh herbs and crunchy peanuts. You put your right foot in. You take your right foot out. You whisk together a zingy dressing and you shake it all about.

Build build build, layer layer layer. You do the Thai shrimpy salad and you turn your mouth around.


That’s what it’s all about.

Thai Shrimp Salad:

What it took for 2 huge awesome salads:

* 6 Tbs extra-virgin olive oil, divided
* 2 Tbs. soy sauce
* 1 tsp fish sauce
* 1 tsp sambal oelek (or more if you dig a little kick!)
* 1 Tbs. brown sugar
* 3 Tbs. lime juice
* 1 Tbs. minced red pepper (sweet or hot, your call)
* 1/2 pound shrimp, peeled and deveined
* 1 cup sugar snap peas, blanched and cooled in an ice bath
* 2 bundles vermicelli noodles, boiled and rinsed under cool water (you can use the same water you boiled the snap peas in)
* 4 cups shredded romaine lettuce
* 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
* 1/2 cup thinly sliced sweet peppers
* cilantro, mint leaves and crushed peanuts for garnish
* pinch of coarse salt and freshly ground peanuts

Make your dressing! In a medium bowl, whisk together 4 Tbs. oil, soy sauce, fish sauce, sambal oelek, sugar, lime juice and the minced red pepper. Taste that. Ridiculous.

Now, heat the remaining 2 Tbs. oil in a large skillet over medium-high. Add the shrimp, season with salt and pepper and sear on one side for 2 minutes. Flip and sear another minute.

Then you just build! Throw some romaine in the bottom of a couple of salad bowls. Then add some vermicelli noodles, the snow peas, peppers, tomatoes, shrimp, cilantro, mint, and some good crushed peanuts. Shake up (or whisk) your dressing one last time and then drizzle it over the salads.

Seriously, that was it.




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63 Responses to Thai Shrimp Salad

  1. Liz @ The Lemon Bowl April 8, 2013 at 8:02 am #
    I could eat a dirty foot if it was on vermicelli noodles with peanuts and fresh mint.
  2. Cassie | Bake Your Day April 8, 2013 at 8:12 am #
    It's all about balance, right? I'll take this salad any day!
  3. Laurie {SimplyScratch} April 8, 2013 at 8:13 am #
    Diet-schmiet. This sounds AMAZING!
  4. Tieghan April 8, 2013 at 8:22 am #
    Hey, if you had a salad on Monday that means the rest of the week is open for indulgence! This look so freaking good! I want a bowl now. Plus, diets stink and they make your cranky!
  5. Heather @ Heather's Dish April 8, 2013 at 8:42 am #
    Dying over the "flick my face" comment - reminds me of the Friends episode where Rachel & Monica start fighting and face-flicking and then Phoebe grabs their ears. AWESOME.
  6. Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough April 8, 2013 at 9:01 am #
    Holy YES. My life needs to be all about this salad.
  7. carrian April 8, 2013 at 9:05 am #
    loooove this post. Everything looks delish!
  8. a farmer in the dell April 8, 2013 at 9:16 am #
    bring on the dirty food! But in the meantime I'll eat this lovely salad. Yum!
  9. Marie @ Little Kitchie April 8, 2013 at 9:53 am #
    Beautiful salad! Happening this week for SURE.
  10. Paula - bell'alimento April 8, 2013 at 11:00 am #
    That is definitely what it's all about!
  11. Heather Christo April 8, 2013 at 11:15 am #
    This is gorgeous!! I can't wait to see what else you have in store for us this week!!
  12. Laura (Tutti Dolci) April 8, 2013 at 11:50 am #
    Salad perfection!
  13. Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking April 8, 2013 at 12:53 pm #
    Yea baby, this is my kinda salad!
  14. Katie April 8, 2013 at 5:26 pm #
    I'm ready for my diet to be blown. Bring it on. And we're supposed to get 483274 billion feet of snow tonight, so my garden hasn't been started. I'm the most upset about it.
  15. Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts April 8, 2013 at 5:34 pm #
    Love all the colors, so pretty!!! We are supposed to get 6-12 inches of snow tonight after 2 straight weeks of the 60's so no gardening here yet :(
  16. Julie @ Table for Two April 8, 2013 at 6:40 pm #
    oh god yes. i need this in my life. and my waist will thank you!
  17. Sarah @ An Apple A Day April 8, 2013 at 7:43 pm #
    Why do I always crave shrimp?! I think I need some of this.
  18. Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. April 8, 2013 at 10:59 pm #
    This just lovely. Like really really lovely!
  19. Jess April 9, 2013 at 8:50 am #
    Wow - this salad looks fantastic!! And your pics are great!
  20. Katie @ Blonde Ambition April 9, 2013 at 12:49 pm #
    Ummm I needs to be planting some herbs in some boxes on my back porch (don't have a backyard) so I can make this salad every day this summer. OK it's a plan.
  21. Brandon @ Kitchen Konfidence April 9, 2013 at 1:20 pm #
    Love this!! That dressing sounds divine.
  22. corinne @ April 9, 2013 at 2:25 pm #
    This looks like a great "make more for left-overs" type meal!
  23. Tracey @ Cooking with Love April 9, 2013 at 3:23 pm #
    Oh yum, yum!! Pic a beautiful and I really need to make this! Share photos of your window boxes!! :)
  24. Kevin (Closet Cooking) April 10, 2013 at 10:34 pm #
    I am liking the flavours in this shrimp salad!
  25. MadSCAR April 11, 2013 at 4:12 am #
    Love it! Thanks for recipe :)
  26. Laura @ Tide & Thyme April 11, 2013 at 10:02 am #
    This just sounds simply wonderful. I looooove all the awesome flavors going on! Plus, I love any recipe involving shrimp since it's cheaper than chicken here! Heh. Having this for lunch this weekend.
  27. Nutmeg Nanny April 11, 2013 at 9:39 pm #
    Oh my, this is beautiful. So many amazing flavors in one dish :) I'd love to make this one soon!
  28. AmberLynn April 14, 2013 at 9:29 pm #
    I just made this tonight for dinner with the exception of I would beef and pork instead of shrimp :)
  29. Christi May 9, 2013 at 8:11 am #
    Can't wait to make this. I love your blog and the style of your writing. You are a doll! I am over at Cashmere Apron. Come check us out :-)
  30. Cathy M May 30, 2013 at 7:40 pm #
    I made this for dinner tonight. It was beautiful and got rave reviews from my family. Definitely will make this again.
  31. Michi June 18, 2013 at 5:44 am #
    My boyfriend and I love this salad. We have already made it at least 5 times since we discovered it on foodgawker. Thank you and greets from Germany!
    • Evelyn, February 17, 2014 at 9:14 pm #
      Just asking is Fish sauce...Tarter sauce...and whats sambal oelek.?..just never heard of it.
      • Bev Weidner February 18, 2014 at 7:48 am #
        Hi, Evelyn! Fish sauce isn't tarter sauce. It's just straight up fish sauce. It will say that on the bottle. And sambal oelek is an Asian chili paste. It comes in a small clear plastic jar. Good luck!
  32. Lindsey June 18, 2013 at 10:39 pm #
    Made this for my boyfriend tonight- it was a huge hit! He really can't stop talking about it :) Awesome!! I marinated the shrimp for about 15 minutes in a lime dressing I had in the fridge and it was super flavorful. We'll definitely be making this a weekly event!
    • Henee July 23, 2013 at 12:37 am #
      i am in LOVE with this salad! i've made it twice, and my husband always finishes both of ours because it's so good and he can't help himself. :) thanks for the awesome recipe!
  33. Kathleen August 25, 2014 at 7:18 pm #
    We (well, I) just finished eating dinner and I had to let you know how delish this salad was!! My Husband mmmm'd and yummm'd through the whole meal. He's on his second big bowlful. Thanks for sharing the recipe!
  34. Rosie March 13, 2015 at 11:16 am #
    This looks so delicious, I cannot wait to try it out!
  35. Ali June 1, 2015 at 4:39 pm #
    Eating this right now. It's divine. Thank you!!!
  36. Annie October 31, 2015 at 7:59 pm #
    To clarify, it is rice noodles not vermicelli noodles but other than that, your recipe is SPOT ON and WONDERFUL!!! Thank you so much for posting this, and for the great pictures!
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    • D.J. January 20, 2017 at 9:51 am #
      And just what exactly do your homophobic rantings have to do with Thai salad? Did you hit your head on the wall of your cave this morning when you got up? Maybe that would explain your delusional rantings. Get some help. You need it.
  40. Shinta_Sa April 2, 2018 at 4:02 pm #
    wow, it looks so amazing, my husband and son definitely love this. thanks for the recipe.


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