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Asian shrimp salad recipe

Asian shrimp salad
Image: Milagros Cruz

Dinner doesn’t get much easier than this Asian shrimp salad. You can make the shrimp a day in advance (when you’re making your stir-fry), store it in the fridge and make your salad the next night.

This recipe calls for spinach, but you can use field greens, butter lettuce or arugula for this salad recipe.

Serves 2

Prep time: 5 minutes | Cook time: 5 minutes | Total time: 10 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 pound shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1 cup diced mango
  • 1/4 avocado, pit removed, sliced
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons peeled and minced ginger
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons sesame seeds, toasted, for garnish
  • 2 cups spinach
  • Olive oil
  • Salt to taste
  • Pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. In a large bowl, season the shrimp with salt and pepper.
  2. Dice the avocado, cut the mango, and set both aside.
  3. To a large sauté pan over medium heat, add 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Sauté the shrimp for 4 minutes, until pink and cooked through.
  4. Remove from the heat, and allow the shrimp to cool completely.
  5. In a large bowl, whisk together the balsamic vinegar, soy sauce, minced garlic, brown sugar, minced ginger and sesame oil.
  6. Season the dressing with salt and pepper, to taste.
  7. In a bowl, combine the spinach, shrimp, mango and avocado.
  8. Lightly dress your salad.
  9. Garnish with toasted sesame seeds.

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Asian salad with sesame dressing recipe

Asian salad with sesame dressing
Image: Milagros Cruz

This is a fruity and simple Asian-inspired salad composed of grapefruits, spinach, avocado and a super-simple sesame dressing. This recipe is light and refreshing, and you’ll feel great after eating it.

Serves 2

Total time: 5 minutes

Ingredients: 

  • Sesame seeds for garnish
  • 3 tablespoons sesame tahini
  • 3 tablespoons warm water
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 3 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons peeled and grated ginger
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup sesame oil
  • 2 cups spinach
  • 1/2 grapefruit, chopped
  • 1/2 avocado, pit removed, chopped

Directions: 

  1. To a small sauté pan over medium heat, add the sesame seeds. Toast over medium heat until the seeds are lightly browned and nutty, about 2 to 3 minutes, making sure to stir frequently. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the sesame tahini, warm water, soy sauce, vinegar, ginger, minced garlic, brown sugar and sesame oil. Set aside.
  3. In another large bowl, combine the spinach, grapefruit and avocado. Lightly dress the salad.
  4. Garnish with sesame seeds.

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