This light, delicious Thai Shrimp Salad combines spicy grilled shrimp, fresh edamame, crunchy almonds, and crispy wonton strips under an amazing Sweet & Spicy Peanut Sauce and a light, bright Chili-lime Vinaigrette. On the table in less that 30 minutes!
Our Spicy Thai Shrimp Salad (inspired by Applebee's seasonal salad of the same name) makes a wonderfully satisfying meal that can be ready to serve in less than 30 minutes! Not only is our Thai Shrimp Salad deliciously satisfying, but it's also a great pick if you're trying to eat light and healthy.
What Goes into this Salad
There are four basic components to this salad. Each part is super-easy to throw together, and the chili-lime and peanut sauces can even be made ahead of time.
- Salad Base
- Pan-fried Shrimp
- Chili-Lime Dressing
- Peanut Sauce
FAQs & Expert Tips
Use raw, deveined shrimp for this recipe. Beyond the question of "raw or cooked," however, there are many other factors that can influence what king of shrimp you use. (I found this article, Everything You Need to Know to Buy Better Shrimp, to be thorough and very helpful.)
We use medium shrimp to prepare this salad; either fresh or frozen depending on the season. When purchasing frozen shrimp, we usually go with individually frozen (IQF), head-off, peel-on shrimp. We find the pre-peeled shrimp to be of lower quality, with less flavor, and peeling them takes only a few minutes.
Gochujang Paste, or Korean Red Chili Paste, is a savory, sweet, spicy fermented condiment made from chili powder, glutinous rice, fermented soy bean powder, and salt. It gets its sweetness from the glutinous rice and has about the same consistency as a thick hoisin sauce or tomato paste, but is much stickier.
Learn more about it by visiting our Gochujang Roasted Brussels Sprouts recipe. These are seriously the best Brussels Sprouts ever! (For reference: Before them, I wouldn't touch the things.)
This healthy, delicious salad makes a satisfying meal all by itself, or pair it with our easy 10-Minute Wonton Soup for a light, healthy soup-and-salad combo.
Sliced avocado or a light sandwich also make a good pairing with shrimp salad.
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Spicy Thai Shrimp Salad
- 1 heavy skillet
- 1 Tongs
- 1 teaspoon minced garlic
- 8 ounces raw shrimp peeled & deveined
- ½ teaspoon butter
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- ½ teaspoon chili powder
- ¼ teaspoon cayenne
- ½ head Napa or Savoy cabbage chopped
- 2 cups fresh spinach coarsely chopped
- 1 cup shredded red cabbage
- 2 medium carrots peeled and shredded
- ½ cup shelled edamame
- 3 green onions thinly sliced
- ¼ cup sliced almonds toasted
- Wonton Strips
- ¼ cup chopped cilantro reserve some uncut for garnish
Chili Lime Vinaigrette
- Juice of 2 limes
- Zest of 1 lime
- 2 tablespoon olive oil
- 2 tablespoon honey
- 1 tablespoons soy sauce
- 1 teaspoon minced garlic
- 1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
- ¼ - ½ teaspoon Gochujang paste Depending on how spicy you like things
Sweet & Spicy Peanut Sauce
- ¼ cup creamy peanut butter
- ¼ cup canned coconut milk
- 1 tablespoon fish sauce We recommend "Red Boat" fish sauce
- 1 - 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
- 1 tablespoon honey or coconut or agave nectar
- 1 clove minced garlic
- ½ - 1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
- ½ - 1 teaspoon Gochujang paste
Prepare Pan-fried Shrimp
- In a large self-sealing plastic bag, combine shrimp, minced garlic, chili powder, and cayenne. Toss until shrimp are evenly coated with the spice mix.
- Heat a large, heavy skillet over medium high heat. Melt olive oil and butter and swirl to coat the bottom the the skillet. Add shrimp in a single layer. (Do not crowd in pan.) Pan-fry about 2 minutes, then turn and fry until shrimp become pink all the way through and slightly firm, about 2-3 minutes. Do not over cook! Carefully remove shrimp from skillet and set aside.
- Layer or toss cabbages, spinach, carrots, edamame, green onions, and sliced almonds, wonton strips, and cilantro in bowl. Drizzle with Chili-Lime Vinaigrette and Sweet & Spicy Peanut Sauce. Garnish with additional cilantro and wonton strips. Serve with additional Vinaigrette and Peanut Sauce.
- Combine all ingredients in a jar and shake to combine. (Remember to put the lid on first!)
Sweet & Spicy Thai Peanut Sauce
- Combine all ingredients and whisk or blend until smooth.
Nutrition for Chili-Lime Vinaigrette Serving: 2 Tablespoons | Calories: 99kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 252mg | Potassium: 10mg | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin C: 1mg | Iron: 1mg
Nutrition for Sweet & Spicy Thai Peanut Sauce Serving: 2 Tablespoons | Calories: 100kcal | Carbohydrates: 7.3g | Protein: 3.2g | Fat: 7.8g | Saturated Fat: 3.3g | Sodium: 320mg | Potassium: 119mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 5.2g | Calcium: 11mg | Iron: 1mg Nutrition Information below does not include calories/amounts for chili lime vinaigrette or spicy peanut sauce.
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Originally published July 2018. Post has been updated with new images, content, and recipe instructions to improve reader experience.
Recipe Updated May 10, 2021 (Originally published July 23, 2018)
This is Terrific... Have made this several times and it just gets better. The Vinaigrette along with the peanut sauce.....yum!!! I started using store bough Korean gochujang and i got motivated to make my own.. Mine is better and i make two, one spicy and the other milder..
Thanks so much for the great feedback, Bill! Homemade gochujang? That sounds fabulous!!
(You might want to check out my recipe for Gochujang Roasted Brussels Sprouts. I am a former Brussels Sprouts hater: these are the sprouts that changed my life.)