Recipe by Muffin Goddess
Another recipe I'm posting for safekeeping from a cooking magazine I picked up. I think this would make a lovely summer dinner salad.
Top Review by evelyn/athens
This was delicious and healthy and way easier to make than you'd think! I used olive oil in the vinaigrette. The golden wonton crisps were very nice visually on the salad and were also delicious.
- 3⁄4 lb large raw shrimp, peeled and deveined
- 1 teaspoon red curry paste (see note)
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 1 teaspoon vegetable oil
- 1 pinch salt
- cooking oil, for sauteeing shrimp
- 3 tablespoons fresh-squeezed lime juice
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 1 tablespoon fresh gingerroot, minced
- 2 teaspoons fish sauce (see note)
- 2 teaspoons chili-garlic sauce (see note)
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 2 ounces dry rice noodles (see note)
- 3 cups iceberg lettuce
- 1⁄2 cup carrot, julienned
- 1⁄2 cup cucumber, seeded and sliced into half-moons
- 1⁄2 cup fresh bean sprout
- 1⁄2 cup red bell pepper, diced
- 1⁄4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
- 1⁄4 cup fresh mint leaves, torn
- chopped peanuts (optional)
- wonton wrapper, sliced into strips and fried (optional)
Directions See How It's Made
- Note: These ingredients should be easy to find in a well-stocked grocery store. Failing that, any Asian market would have them.
- MARINATING THE SHRIMP:.
- Mix the curry paste, sugar, oil and salt in a medium bowl. Add shrimp and stir to coat. Marinate shrimp for 15 minutes while you prepare the rest of the components of the dish.
- Combine all the vinaigrette ingredients except for the oil in a mixing bowl. Using a whisk, gradually mix in the oil. Set aside.
- Bring a pan of water to boiling and remove from heat. Soak the dry noodles in the boiling water until soft (approximately 3-4 minutes). Drain softened noodles and rinse, making sure that noodles are not clumped together.
- If salad vegetables are not already prepared and chopped, do so now. Do not toss them together at this point, but keep them separate.
- COOKING THE SHRIMP:.
- Heat cooking oil in a skillet or grill pan over medium-high heat, Saute marinated shrimp (cooking both sides) until firm, approximately 5 minutes.
- FRIED WONTON STRIPS:.
- If desired, slice a small stack of wonton wrappers into thin strips. Fry in hot oil until golden brown and crispy. Drain and set aside. Purchased chow mein noodles can be added in place of the crispy wonton strips for crunch.
- Divide salad components evenly between two plates. Top with cooked shrimp and optional garnishes. Toss with the vinaigrette to taste.