PadThai shrimp salad bowl is a refreshing and delicious salad that’s perfect for hot summers or busy weeknights. There’s a textural and flavor overload happening in this bowl what with the pad thai, crunchy fresh vegetables, sweetness of ripe mangoes, sourness from the raw mango and crunch from salted peanuts and toasted sesame seeds. To top it all , a delicious dressing of sesame oil, lime juice and jaggery is drizzled over it. Make this soon!!
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There are certain dishes that make you feel happy. It might be a dish steeped in memories of home, sometimes it might be something that takes you back to those epic nights in hostel when you and your tribe shared noodles from a single bowl, at other times it might be coz of the passion that the dish brings out in you. Although I usually fall in the sentimental food brigade, summers have taken a toll on me and my love for all things Indian.
True, that we love our curry and cant go two days without it, but me? Not so much. The heat and humidity is such a drag here that I am running as far as I can from all things spicy and cooked. Instead, cold and flavorful, with loads of veggie thrown in kind of salad bowls is what is calling out to right now. Salads and desserts! Like this Padthai shrimp salad bowl has climbed the charts and become one of my faves this summer. Padthai shrimp salad bowl and desserts. God..I don’t think I have had as much dessert as I did this season. Don’t believe me? Just check out my Instagram account and see for yourself. Its a different matter that I haven’t been getting adequate time to blog about it.
So this particular Monday started as all Mondays do, in utter and complete disbelief that it was already a new week. I mean, where exactly did the weekend disappear!! Between hosting our link party Saucy Saturdays and making a delicious Indian thaali on Sunday, I barely had time to do much. Plus we went out shopping all Sunday evening and had a great time. Then post dinner, guilt kicked in and I realized I hadn’t even posted yet. and I spent till 3am working on posts and editing pics and pinning, blah blah blah, usual blogger work.
So Monday morning with me kissing and tickling a sleepy little babyD for her first day at school after the vacations.Yes, vacations were officially over. Time to get to work. So as soon as D was gone, I decided to finally shoot the recipe video I had been planning for the longest time. I finally did it. And that too before getting ready to work. IT was sheer chaos, i was way too self conscious and had butterflies in my stomach. I fumbled over my words coz it was all impromptu and well, mostly coz I was a bundle of nerves and I looked like i could do with 3 days of sleep and some make up. LOL. But I did do it. And for some reason, its been getting views! Maybe people just want to see me fumble and find it funny 😛
As a debut video, i chose this simple and delicious Padthai shrimp salad bow; I have been having quite regularly this season. Its just as delicious without Padthai by the way. Swap the noodles for a typical Thai Raw papaya (pawpaw) and green mango salad with the same dressing. Result: Every bit as delicious.
Take a look at the video and watch how easy it all is for yourself. I am sure you will love it too! After all whats not to love?
There’s freshness coming from the cucumber, carrot and bell pepper, sweetness from ripe mangoes, tang from raw/green mangoes. Add some cold PadThai to it and top it with salted peanuts and toasted sesame seeds for texture. And to tie everything together, make this incredible dressing from pantry staples like sesame oil, lime juice and jaggery. I understand if jaggery is something you don’t usually have in your pantry (most Indians do and we love it). In case you cant source jaggery or palm jaggery, you may use honey for the dressing, although i seriously urge you to go get some jaggery. Its used in lots of other recipes and is a great and healthy substitute to sugar. The dressing is really delicious, fragrant and flavorful, sweet yet tangy and pungent from garlic and sesame oil. Its a must make! Topped with chilli butter basted grilled prawns/shrimps, this padthai shrimp salad bowl was perfection and wiped clean in a matter of ten mins.
I hope you enjoy the video and watching me. I am trying to do one video per week from next Monday, once I am back from my trip tomorrow. I would so love it if you could subscribe to my channel and encourage me in this new endeavor of mine.
Until then, lets keep it healthy and fresh with these PadThai shrimp salad bowl.
- Pad thai - ½ pack (as needed)
- Carrot ,shredded 1
- Cucumber, seeds removed and grated 1
- Red bell pepper, cut into long thin slices ½
- Green or Yellow bell pepper, cut into long thin slices ½
- Raw /green mango , shredded ½
- Ripe mango , cut into long thin slice, 1
- Ginger grated - ½ tsp
- Herbs: Coriander, mint, basil - as needed.
- Green chillies, seeds removed, cut, 1
- Spring onion, green part only, cut into long thin slices ,1
- Roasted salted peanuts , as desired to add to the bowl.
- Toasted sesame seeds, as desired.
- For the dressing:
- Juice of 1 large lemon
- Jaggery 2 tbsp
- Sesame oil 1 tsp
- 3 cloves of garlic
- Salt a pinch
- Grilled shrimps (recipe in the blog by the name of Tandoori prawns), or you can use readymade shrimps. You can also use poached or grilled chicken, thats been sliced thin.
- Start by soaking the padthai in hot water for 30 mins or follow the instructions on the box.
- Chop everything as mentioned above.
- Make the dressing by pounding everything except the oil in a mortar and pestle. Add the oil and mix vigorously to emulsify the oil. Once done, taste and adjust acc to your taste. ''
- To build the bowl:
- Add a little of all veggies to the bowl,some of the herbs, add some padthai, top with more of your fave veggies, add half the dressing and mix till combined.
- Top with salted peanuts, a sprinkling of sesame seeds and more drizzling of the dressing.
- Add 3 shrimps a bow, some fresh herbs and serve!