Quick Asian-style shrimp salad

31 Mar

shrimpsalad

Disclaimer: Forgot to take a photo, so closest resembling photo above pulled from: http://iamahoneybee.com/2012/01/24/spinach-salad-with-shrimp-avocado-and-grapefruit-with-citrus-vinaigrette/

This is a really great salad that my mom has been making recently. It’s very quick to put together, sounds fancy, and tastes delicious- just how I like my recipes to be!  And of course, it’s very healthy and satisfying.

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Quick Asian-style shrimp salad

  • 1 cup cooked shrimp
  • 3 cups chopped lettuce
  • 1/2 avocado, cut into bite-size cubes
  • 2 medium oranges, cut into bite-size cubes
  • Dressing: 1 tablespoon soy sauce, 1 tablespoon olive oil, drizzle of sesame oil, drizzle of hot chili oil, drizzle of agave nectar, 1 tablespoon sesame seeds, splash of vinegar, 1/2 lemon juice

We buy a large bag of cooked frozen shrimp from Costco and thaw the shrimp in warm water for about 5 minutes. The rest is just chopping up the veggies, adding shrimp, and tossing it all with the dressing. And that’s it, you have a quick meal!  You can modify the dressing as you like, adding a little more of a certain oil or a little less of another. I find that you can have a really flavorful salad even with a drizzle of a couple of different oils! I like to make olive oil the star of the show since it’s good for you.  The agave nectar balances the salty taste. 

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I try to eat healthy most of the time and save my indulgences for rich, home-cooked meals like thai curry and creamy pasta. Since a good chunk of my days is spent at work, I make sure to bring food from home and keep my cube/staff fridge stocked with healthy snacks. Recent snack has been flaxseed crackers from Trader Joe’s, peanut butter, and raisins.  This keeps me away from the vending machine. It’s important to keep your body nourished!

Anyway, good night and hope you had a lovely Easter!

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15 Responses to “Quick Asian-style shrimp salad”

  1. myhealthyohana April 1, 2013 at 9:33 pm #

    I have that same shrimp from Costco in my freezer! The dressing sounds really yummy, will have to give that a try.

    I have a snacking problem when I go to work too…many families bring in treats for us, so our lunch table is constantly filled with cookies and candies and other tempting treats! I’m trying to eat only one a day, and save my appetite for a nice dinner (my fav meal of the day!)

    • luvnorcal April 3, 2013 at 2:41 pm #

      Yeah, Costco is awesome for buying things like shrimp in bulk! I get the snacking issue, sometimes my coworkers bring treats to work.. I usually stay away from the donuts and packaged cookies, but will give the home baked goods a try! I notice in hospitals they usually have a drawer filled with candy.. for sugar hits. :)

  2. mochabeanie April 2, 2013 at 8:08 pm #

    looks amazing! I just happen to have all the ingredients at home! SO making this!

    • luvnorcal April 3, 2013 at 2:40 pm #

      Thanks Aida! My mom pointed out that she also included some vinegar and 1/2 a lemon in the dressing. That would probably lend some acidity and balance things out. Hope you enjoy it :)

    • luvnorcal April 3, 2013 at 3:06 pm #

      Aida, if you’re in SD, see comments below :)

      • mochabeanie April 3, 2013 at 4:11 pm #

        Nope no longer in SD :( can’t see this film ur talking about :(

  3. Bashar A. April 3, 2013 at 8:09 am #

    Holy smokes… that looks delicious and sounds easy enough for me to make :)

    • luvnorcal April 3, 2013 at 2:39 pm #

      Haha thanks, it is quite easy! You know, gotta simplify life in anticipation of studying my butt off 24/7. :)

    • luvnorcal April 3, 2013 at 2:44 pm #

      Oh by the way, this documentary called The Waiting Room is coming to San Diego this week. Look it up! It was filmed at the Emergency Dept. that I used to volunteer at. It’s pretty interesting, and funny at times too.

      • Bashar A. April 3, 2013 at 2:58 pm #

        In theaters? Or tv? Will definitely be on the lookout. Thanks for sharing :)

      • luvnorcal April 3, 2013 at 3:03 pm #

        Opens at the Ken Cinema this Friday. No problem, I follow their updates on Facebook and thought I’d share! :)

  4. Choc Chip Uru April 17, 2013 at 7:59 pm #

    Quick and delish, this could definitely come from an Asian restaurant :D

    Cheers
    CCU

    • luvnorcal April 17, 2013 at 8:15 pm #

      Why thank you! Love your name!

  5. Lilly Sue April 18, 2013 at 1:54 pm #

    I love this salad idea. Shrimp sounds good right about now :) Thanks for sharing!

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