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Chilled Maine shrimp Vietnamese-style

Recipe Information

Servings 6
Preparation Time 20 Minutes
Cook Time 10 Minutes
Total Time 30 Minutes
Difficulty Easy
Main Ingredient Shrimp
Category Seafood
Meal Lunch; Dinner
Type Appetizer; Main Dish; Side Dish
Cuisine Asian; Vietnamese
Diet Low Calorie; Low Carb; Heart Healthy; High Protein


  • 12 ounces (about 1 1/2 cups) cold Maine shrimp or other small shrimp, cooked and peeled

  • 1/2 small head of Chinese or napa cabbage 

  • 20 sprigs fresh cilantro, divided

  • 1 small head of Boston lettuce 

  • 1/3 cup rice vinegar 

  • 3 tablespoons peanut oil 

  • 2 tablespoons fish sauce 

  • 2 tablespoons Asian chili sauce 

  • 1 tablespoon sugar 

  • 1 teaspoon fresh ginger, finely chopped

  • 1 small carrot, peeled and shredded

  • 1/2 cup roasted unsalted peanuts, coarsely chopped, divided



  • Pick over the shrimp, discarding any pieces of shell. Cover and keep chilled until ready to toss the salad.

  • Slice the cabbage into a chiffonade (very thin strips), about 1 to 2 inches long, to get 5-6 cups. Slice 12 cilantro sprigs (stems and leaves) very thin; reserve the remaining sprigs for garnish. Separate and wash the lettuce leaves. Keep everything chilled until ready to toss the salad.

  • Mix the vinegar, peanut oil, fish sauce, chile sauce, sugar, and ginger in a small bowl. Keep at room temperature for up to 2 hours, or cover and refrigerate if making ahead. Let the cold dressing come to room temperature before tossing with the salad.

  • Just before serving, toss the reserved shrimp, cabbage, sliced cilantro, carrot, and 6 tablespoons of chopped peanuts with the dressing in a large bowl. Arrange the reserved lettuce leaves on a serving platter or in a large, shallow serving bowl. Mound the salad on the lettuce and garnish with the remaining 2 tablespoons peanuts and 8 cilantro sprigs.


Nutrition (per serving)

  • Calories: 234 cal

  • Total fat: 14g

  • Saturated fat: 2g

  • Cholesterol: 115mg

  • Sodium: 635mg

  • Potassium: 342mg

  • Carbohydrate: 10g

  • Fiber: 2g

  • Protein: 19g