I’ll admit it...I’m not a big fan of shrimp. I think I just ate way too much of it when I was a kid (when it was one of my favorite foods). Also, I don’t think it’s prepared well much of the time: underflavored, overcooked, undercooked, mushy and watery, you get the idea.
Before I turn you completely off of shrimp, I do love it when it’s made well. Throw it on the grill (or a stovetop grill pan) and add a zingy sweet and spicy vinaigrette, and I’m on board. Especially if I can convince someone else to clean the shrimp!
This particular salad has completely won me over. Not only is it super flavorful, but it’s also super healthy. Baby greens, ideally sweeter greens like mache or baby spinach, are topped with a tangle of fresh zucchini “noodles” and plenty of plump, perfectly cooked shrimp along with a Thai-style vinaigrette made with fresh herbs, lime, and sweet chili sauce.
To create the zucchini “noodles” there are a whole range of tools you can use (to name a few):
- julienne peeler
- vegetable peeler (for ribbons)
- mandolin (for ribbons)
I like to leave my zucchini unpeeled because there are more nutrients in the peel, but if you want the zucchini to more closely resemble real noodles, you can peel it.
Grilled Shrimp Salad with Zucchini Noodles, Baby Greens, and Spicy Thai Basil Vinaigrette
Makes 4 to 6 servings
- 24 large shrimp, peeled, tails left on
- Olive oil
- Kosher salt
- Juice of 1 lime
- 2 zucchini, ends trimmed
- 6 cups baby salad greens
For the Salad
For the Vinaigrette
- Finely grated zest of 1 lime
- 1/4 cup lime juice
- 1/2 cup chopped Thai or regular basil
- 1/2 cup chopped cilantro
- 2 tbsp Thai sweet chili sauce
- 1/4 cup canola oil