Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Sesame Shrimp Salad

This is a recipe that I pulled out of Cooking Light literally almost three and a half years ago...finally got around to trying it and it was good! Nice light meal. We had it for dinner, but it would make a great lunch too. The ingredient list looks long, but if you ever prepare Asian-style food, I guarantee you will have at least 80% of the staples already in your pantry.


Recipe Notes

You will notice in the recipe that the shrimp are supposed to be on skewers. Mine were not, as I was out of bamboo skewers. It tastes the same either way. Make sure that you cook the shrimp long enough in a hot enough skillet to get a good glaze and a bit of char on the shrimp.

Nutritional Information (per serving - serves 4)

239 calories - 7.3 g. fat - 26.3 g. protein - 17.9 g. carbohydrates - 3.4 g. fiber


  • 1 tbsp. sugar

  • 3 tbsp. fresh lime juice, divided

  • 1 tbsp. water

  • 1 garlic clove, minced

  • 2 tsp. chili garlic sauce, divided

  • 1-1/2 tsp. fish sauce

  • 1/2 tsp. salt, divided

  • 1 tbsp. orange marmalade

  • 2 tsp. dark sesame oil, divided

  • 24 large peeled and deveined shrimp

  • 5 c. shredded Napa cabbage

  • 1-1/2 c. trimmed watercress leaves

  • 1-1/2 c. shredded carrots

  • 1/3 c. chopped fresh cilantro

  • 1/3 c. chopped fresh mint

  • 2 tbsp. toasted sesame seeds


1. Mix sugar, water, garlic, and 2 tbsp. lime juice in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave 40 seconds or until sugar has dissolved. Stir in 1 tsp. chili garlic sauce, fish sauce, and 1/4 tsp. salt. Set aside.

2. Combine 1 tbsp. lime juice, 1 tsp. chili garlic sauce, remaining salt, orange marmalade, and 1 tsp. dark sesame oil in a separate large bowl, stirring with a whisk.

3. Add shrimp and toss to coat. Marinate in the refrigerator for 15 minutes.

4. Remove shrimp from bowl, reserving marinade. Thread shrimp onto skewers (3 shrimp per skewer).

5. Heat 1 tsp. dark sesame oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium high heat. Add shrimp and reserved marinade to pan. Cook at least 3-4 minutes or until shrimp is done.

6. Combine cabbage, watercress, carrots, cilantro, mint, and sesame seeds in a large bowl. Dress with reserved dressing set aside from step 1. Top with 2 shrimp skewers and serve.

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