Spicy Thai Shrimp Salad

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This refreshing Thai-style salad with greens, herbs, veggies and shrimp, all tossed in a delicious cashew dressing, is the perfect one-dish summer dinner.

This refreshing Thai-style salad with greens, herbs, veggies and shrimp, all tossed in a delicious cashew dressing, is the perfect one-dish summer dinner.
Spicy Thai Shrimp Salad

The spicy cashew dressing is so good, you’ll want to put it on everything!

This refreshing Thai-style salad with greens, herbs, veggies and shrimp, all tossed in a delicious cashew dressing, is the perfect one-dish summer dinner.This refreshing Thai-style salad with greens, herbs, veggies and shrimp, all tossed in a delicious cashew dressing, is the perfect one-dish summer dinner.This refreshing Thai-style salad with greens, herbs, veggies and shrimp, all tossed in a delicious cashew dressing, is the perfect one-dish summer dinner.This refreshing Thai-style salad with greens, herbs, veggies and shrimp, all tossed in a delicious cashew dressing, is the perfect one-dish summer dinner.

Guest post from Heather K. Jones, dietitian and the nutrition expert for the Skinnytaste cookbooks.

Hi Everyone, I’m Heather K. Jones. I’m a registered dietitian and the founder of Feel Better Eat Better, an online weight loss program for women who struggle with emotional eating, binge eating, overeating or body image issues.

When I moved to Old Town Alexandria Virginia a few years ago I was thrilled to discover a Sweetgreen, a fast-casual restaurant chain with “simple, seasonal, healthy salads and grain bowls, right around the corner from our house!

This salad is inspired by one of my Sweetgreen favorites, and trust me, the spicy cashew dressing is so good, you’ll want to put it on everything!

This refreshing Thai-style salad with greens, herbs, veggies and shrimp, all tossed in a delicious cashew dressing, is the perfect one-dish summer dinner.

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This refreshing Thai-style salad with greens, herbs, veggies and shrimp, all tossed in a delicious cashew dressing, is the perfect one-dish summer dinner.
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Spicy Thai Shrimp Salad

420 Cals 28 Protein 38 Carbs 19.5 Fats
Prep Time: 20 mins
Cook Time: 5 mins
Total Time: 25 mins
Yield: 2 servings
COURSE: Dinner, Salad
CUISINE: Chinese, Japanese
This refreshing Thai-style salad with greens, herbs, veggies and shrimp, all tossed in a delicious cashew dressing, is the perfect one-dish summer dinner.

Ingredients

For Spicy Cashew Dressing:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons lime juice
  • ¼ cup whole roasted, salted cashews
  • ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • 1 2-inch piece fresh ginger, roughly chopped
  • 1 tablespoon unseasoned rice vinegar
  • ¼ cup cilantro
  • 1 clove garlic, roughly chopped
  • ¼ cup roughly chopped white onion
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste

For Shrimp:

  • ½ pound large peeled, deveined tail-off shrimp
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1/8 teaspoon chili powder
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil

For Salad:

  • 1 cup shredded purple cabbage
  • 1 ½ cups packed baby arugula
  • 1 ½ cups packed chopped romaine lettuce
  • 1 small corn cob, kernels removed
  • ½ medium cucumber, peeled, seeded and diced
  • ½ cup shredded carrots
  • 2 tablespoons chopped basil
  • 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
  • Lime wedges, for serving

Instructions

For dressing:

  • In a small blender or food processor, combine dressing ingredients.
  • Refrigerate and set aside until ready to use.

For shrimp:

  • Pat shrimp dry with a paper towel.
  • In a medium bowl, combine all spices from garlic powder to pepper.
  • Add the shrimp and sesame oil and toss gently to evenly coat.
  • Heat a medium non-stick skillet over medium heat. Cook shrimp 2 minutes per side or until cooked through.
  • Transfer to a plate or cutting board and allow to cool and rest while you assemble the salad.

For salad:

  • In a large bowl, toss together the cabbage, arugula and romaine.  Transfer mixture to 2 salad bowls or plates.
  • Top each with half the shrimp, corn, cucumber, carrots, basil and cilantro.
  • Evenly drizzle the dressing over both salads and serve with lime wedges.

Nutrition

Serving: 1salad, Calories: 420kcal, Carbohydrates: 38g, Protein: 28g, Fat: 19.5g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Cholesterol: 135mg, Sodium: 864mg, Fiber: 6g, Sugar: 14g
WW Points Plus: 11
Keywords: Shrimp Salad, Spicy Thai Salad, Spicy Thai Shrimp Salad, Thai Shrimp Salad

Photo Credit: Jess Larson

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68 comments

  1. Is corn raw? 

  2. Haven’t tried this recipe yet….could I use peanut butter in the dressing instead of cashews? 

  3. Delicious! I especially loved the salad dressing. You nailed the Thai restaurant flavors I love but could never quite put my finger on what all’s in there… 

  4. So, so, so good!!!! A ton of flavor and the dressing is to die for! I’ve made it a ton since coming across the recipe a couple months ago.

  5. My wife and I loved it. Didn’t change much of anything. Substituted peanuts for cashews as didn’t have any. Increased the acids and oil since there’s 3 of us (and doubled all the shrimp section).

  6. Didn’t care for it. Cilantro was too strong. Will try it again with chicken, romain, and a bit more oil in the dressing

  7. Fantastic flavors, will do again.  As is, the recipe is perfect!  It’s good to keep in mind that the recipe is forgiving if you need to sub or add anything (as we’re all doing during quarantine to avoid leaving the house!)  I’ve added grilled pineapple on the side to expand and don’t regret it at all!

  8. Works well.  Doubled the shrimp and coating.

  9. Just made this for the second time — so yummy and filling! I used chicken tenders instead of shrimp, and added extra rice wine vinegar to the dressing to get more servings out of it without adding a lot of calories. Life hack – I do this with all my salad dressing. 

  10. Do you provide grocery shopping lists for your recipes?

  11. This was amazing!!! I had no cabbage and arugula so I used baby gem lettuce instead, my partner just cleared his plate as well. The flavours are very intense, if you love thai food go for it 🙂

  12. This was a delicious recipe. Followed the instructions but added a jalapeño into the spicy cashew dressing and it was the right amount of heat for me and my husband.
    People had commented about the ginger taste being strong but I have to disagree, I thought it was the exact amount.
    I also did add a little extra water to the dressing and don’t think it altered the taste.

  13. This is really delicious. Thank you for the recipe!

  14. How long will the dressing last in the fridge?