We ate out a lot while we were in Connecticut over the weekend, so we needed a nice, fresh, vegetable-filled dish to detox with now that we're back in Maryland. This salad was perfect for that purpose. It is spicy, so be warned!
Our nice, clean greens were prepared using our new salad spinner, a gift from my friend Stef.
OK so here is our shrimp salad. It was really good and we liked it a lot, but we both felt that the mint was too overpowering. We've found that before, as well. I probably would omit it when we make it again.
Sesame Shrimp Salad
Cooking Light, 5/08
More adventurous greens, such as napa cabbage and watercress, add crunch. Shrimp boosts levels of lean, low–saturated-fat protein and omega-3s, while sesame seeds offer the minerals iron, magnesium, and zinc.
1 tablespoon sugar
3 tablespoons fresh lime juice, divided
1 tablespoon water
1 garlic clove, minced
2 teaspoons chili garlic sauce (such as Lee Kum Kee), divided
1 1/2 teaspoons fish sauce
1/2 teaspoon salt, divided
1 tablespoon orange marmalade
2 teaspoons dark sesame oil, divided
24 large shrimp, peeled and deveined (about 1 pound)
5 cups shredded napa (Chinese) cabbage
1 1/2 cups trimmed watercress leaves
1 1/2 cups shredded carrot
1/3 cup chopped fresh cilantro
1/3 cup chopped fresh mint
2 tablespoons toasted sesame seeds
1. Combine sugar, 2 tablespoons juice, 1 tablespoon water, and garlic in a small microwave-safe bowl; cover with plastic wrap. Microwave at HIGH 40 seconds or until sugar dissolves. Cool. Stir in 1 teaspoon chili garlic sauce, fish sauce, and 1/4 teaspoon salt.
2. Combine remaining 1 tablespoon juice, remaining 1 teaspoon chili garlic sauce, remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt, marmalade, and 1 teaspoon oil in a large bowl, stirring with a whisk. Add shrimp to bowl; toss to coat. Marinate shrimp in refrigerator 15 minutes, tossing occasionally. Remove shrimp from bowl, reserving marinade. Thread 3 shrimp onto each of 8 (8-inch) wooden skewers.
3. Heat remaining 1 teaspoon oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add shrimp skewers and reserved marinade to pan; cook 3 1/2 minutes or until shrimp is done and glazed, turning once.
4. Combine cabbage and remaining ingredients in a large bowl. Drizzle fish sauce mixture over cabbage mixture; toss well to coat. Arrange 2 cups cabbage mixture onto each of 4 plates; top each serving with 2 skewers.
Yield: 4 servings