← Back to Search Results
Asian, New England
Chilled Maine Shrimp with Cabbage and Peanuts, Vietnamese-Style

Photo by: Kate Sears/Sublime
Comments: 0
 

Recipe

At Summer Shack we love to mix chilled Maine shrimp, crisp Chinese or Napa cabbage, carrots, scallions, cilantro, and chopped peanuts with a spicy Vietnamese dressing. The salad is refreshingly tart and crunchy, a perfect foil for soft and sweet Maine shrimp. Serve this as an appetizer, a light main-course salad, or even as a side dish with grilled tuna or other seafood.

Maine shrimp are often sold cooked and peeled, but if you want to use a different type of shrimp, you can substitute any peeled cooked shrimp; if they are large shrimp, they should be deveined. Cut larger shrimp on a bias into long thin (1/4–inch-thick) slices. Asian chile paste, sambal olek, can be found in upscale food markets—Tuong ot Toi Viet-nam from California (not Vietnam) is an excellent brand.

Yield: Serves 4 as a hearty appetizer or light main course

Ingredients

For the salad:

  • 12 ounces chilled cooked and peeled Maine shrimp
  • ½ small head Chinese or Napa cabbage (about 12 ounces)
  • 20 sprigs (½ bunch) fresh cilantro
  • 1 small head Boston lettuce
  • 1 small carrot (2 ounces), peeled and grated
  • ½ cup roasted unsalted peanuts, coarsely chopped

For the dressing:

  • 1/3 cup rice vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons fish sauce
  • 3 tablespoons peanut oil
  • 2 tablespoons Asian chile paste (sambal olek)
  • 1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh ginger
  • 1 tablespoon sugar

Directions

1. Pick over the shrimp, discarding any pieces of shell. Cover and refrigerate.

2. Slice the cabbage into chiffonade (very thin strips) about 1 to 2 inches long. Slice 12 of the cilantro sprigs (stems and leaves) very thin; reserve the remainder for garnish. Separate and wash the Boston lettuce leaves. keep everything well chilled until ready to mix the salad.

3. To make the dressing: Mix the vinegar, fish sauce, peanut oil, chile paste, ginger and sugar in a small bowl. Set aside at room temperature.

4. When ready to serve the salad, combine the shrimp, cabbage, carrot, sliced cilantro, and two-thirds of the chopped peanuts with the dressing and toss well. Line four small soup plates or salad plates with the tender leaves of lettuce and divide the shrimp and cabbage mixture evenly among them, mounding it is the center. Sprinkle the remaining chopped nuts of the salad and garnish with the cilantro sprigs.


© 2007 Jasper White
 

Nutritional Information

Nutrients per serving (% daily value)

340kcal (17%)
122mg (12%)
35mg (59%)
299mcg RAE (10%)
745mg
112mg
25g
7g
5g
15g
129mg (43%)
866mg (36%)
3g (16%)
21g (32%)
4mg (23%)
 

Would you like to leave a comment about this recipe?

Notify me of new comments on this recipe. Add comment

We'd love to hear what you think!

Please or to add a comment to this recipe.
 

Sign up for
The Cookstr Weekly

Free handpicked cookbook recipes delivered straight to your inbox

Explore Cookbooks on Cookstr

good-to-the-grain Good to the Grain
by Kim Boyce
in-the-kitchen-with-david In the Kitchen with David
by David Venable
everyday-chinese-cooking Everyday Chinese Cooking
by Katie Chin, Leeann Chin
arthur-schwartzs-new-york-city-food Arthur Schwartz's New York ...
by Arthur Schwartz
food-to-live-by Food to Live By
by Myra Goodman
sunday-suppers-at-lucques Sunday Suppers at Lucques
by Suzanne Goin
usa-cookbook U.S.A. Cookbook
by Sheila Lukins
the-lee-bros-southern-cookbook-stories-and-recipes-for-southerners-and-would-be-southerners The Lee Bros. Southern Cook...
by Ted Lee, Matt Lee
salmon-a-cookbook Salmon: A Cookbook
by Diane Morgan
parents-need-to-eat-too Parents Need to Eat Too
by Debbie Koenig
martin-yans-china Martin Yan's China
by Martin Yan
west-coast-cooking West Coast Cooking
by Greg Atkinson
desserts-4-today Desserts 4 Today
by Abby Dodge
a-bakers-odyssey A Baker's Odyssey
by Andrew Schloss
Already a member? Sign in here
Close_overlay

Sign up to Cookstr!

  • Receive a free, handpicked selection of recipes in your inbox weekly
  • Save, share and comment on your favorite recipes in My Cookstr
  • Get updates on new cookbooks, Cookstr features, and other exclusives we know you'll love
Spinner
By signing up you accept the
Terms of Use and Privacy Policy
New to Cookstr? Sign up here
Close_overlay

Sign in to Cookstr

Keep me logged in
close
Thanks for commenting!
Would you like to share your comment on Facebook or Twitter?