Shrimp Salad With Tangy Thai Dressing
A crispy shrimp salad packed with crunchy green tomatoes and cucumbers, fresh herbs, fried garlic and shallots and peanuts drizzled with a tangy Asian dressing.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time45 mins
For the shrimp
- 24 medium to large shrimps/prawns cleaned and deveined with tails intact
- 1 tsp dark soy
- 1 tsp fish sauce
- 3 tbsps rice flour
- Oil for deep frying
For the salad
- 8 small green tomatoes quartered
- 2 medium hothouse cucumbers cut into matchsticks
- A big handful of fresh basil leaves
- 1 red or green chilli thinly sliced
- 2 tbsps fresh coriander leaves finely chopped
- 1 1/2 tbsps garlic chopped and deep fried
- 2 tbsps shallots thinly sliced and deep fried till golden
- 2 tbsps peanuts roasted and lightly crushed
- 1 tbsps fish sauce
- 2 tbsps light soy sauce
- 5 tbsps lemon juice
- 2 tsps sugar
To make the shrimp
Clean the shrimp and dry on kitchen towels to remove all water.
Mix the dark soy and fish sauce in a bowl, add the shrimp and mix lightly so that they are evenly coated. Cover and set aside for 15 minutes.
Heat enough oil in a pan to deep fry them.
When the oil is hot (drop a piece of bread to test. If it turns golden immediately, the oil is ready), coat each shrimp with rice flour and fry on medium heat for a minute. Drain on kitchen towels and set aside.
To make the salad
Peel and slice the shallots thinly and fry till golden. Drain on kitchen paper.
Peel and chop the garlic and deep fry till golden.Drain on kitchen paper.
In a small bowl, make the dressing by mixing together the fish sauce, the light soy, lemon juice and sugar.
Cut the green tomatoes in quarters ,and the cucumber and chilli into matchsticks..
Drizzle 2 tbsps of the dressing on the tomatoes,cucumbers and chilli. Marinate for 10 minutes.
Lightly roast and roughly crush the peanuts.
Finely chop the coriander.
To assemble the salad, take a large bowl and put in the marinated vegetables followed by the prawns and herbs.
Pour in the remainder of the dressing an gently mix with a light hand.
Sprinkle with fried garlic, shallots and peanuts, give it a final toss and serve immediately.