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Grilled Shrimp Salad (with Coconut-Lime Dressing)

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Thai Grilled Shrimp Salad
This grilled shrimp salad is easy to make, and yet the taste is truly gourmet. For this recipe, I've combined classic Thai garlic grilled shrimp with a salad of mixed greens and herbs, all topped off with a cool coconut dressing that is fabulous on a warm summer day. Add grilled pineapple or mango to the mix (optional), and you have a true tropical treat that's beautiful to serve guests or for everyday warm-weather eating. Pair with a glass of your favorite chilled white wine and ENJOY!

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 8 minutes

Total Time: 28 minutes

Yield: SERVES 2-4 as a Main Entree


  • 12-14 large or medium shrimp, shells removed (tails can be left on)
  • Optional: 1+1/2 cups pineapple chunks, OR 1 firm, nearly-ripe mango (see note below for fruit tips)
  • 1 large bowl salad greens, enough for each person dining
  • generous handful of fresh coriander, basil, and/or mint
  • optional: 1 thinly sliced red chili for garnish
  • 4 Tbsp. oyster sauce (I use Golden Dragon Brand)
  • 2 tsp. brown sugar
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup good-quality coconut milk (not 'lite', as it is too thin)
  • 1-2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1+1/2 to 2 Tbsp. fish sauce (to taste) OR 1/4 to 1/3 tsp. salt (*see note below)
  • 2 Tbsp. fresh-squeezed lime juice
  • 1/2 tsp. dried crushed chili flakes
  • 2 tsp. brown sugar
  • optional: 1 tsp. grated lime zest


  1. Place shrimp and fruit (if using) in a bowl. Stir marinade ingredients together in a cup and pour over. Toss gently and set aside to marinate while you prepare the salad and warm up your grill.
  2. Stir together the salad dressing in a cup. Taste-test, adding more sugar if you prefer it sweeter, or more lime juice if too sweet for your taste. Add more chili or more fish sauce/salt to taste. About Using Fish Sauce: If you are offended by the smell of fish, you may want to use salt instead of fish sauce. I personally love fish sauce, and finds it also adds depth of flavor to this dressing.
  3. Prepare the bowl of salad greens. Thinly slice the herbs and toss them in.
  4. Skewer the marinated shrimp and fruit onto wooden satay sticks or stainless steel brochette skewers. Or, if you shrimp and fruit pieces are large enough, you can set them directly on the grill. Another option is to use a fish cage.
  5. Before grilling, lightly brush you grill/fish cage with cooking oil to prevent sticking. Grill the shrimp and fruit 4-8 minutes per side, or until shrimp is pink and plump, and fruit has grill markings and is bright in color.
  6. Serve the hot shrimp and fruit over the cool salad greens and top with a generous amount of the dressing. Add a sprinkling of sliced red chili for those who like it extra spicy. Pair with your favorite chilled white wine, and ENJOY!

Fruit Tips: I find fresh pineapple or a firm, nearly-ripe mango work beautifully for this recipe. For the mango, if you can easily indent the skin with your thumb, it's too ripe and will fall apart on the grill. Choose one that is fragrant when you lift it to your nose, but still quite firm. For pineapple, if you want to use canned instead of fresh, I recommend buying the pineapple rings and slicing them into large chunks (this will give you firmer results than buying canned chunks). Fresh pineapple is always firm enough for grilling. For fruit instructions, including buying tips, see: , see my: How to Prepare Fresh Pineapple, OR How to Prepare Fresh Mango.

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 5 out of 5
We loved it!, Member sissybecks

The simple marinade in this recipe is great - my husband liked the taste of the shrimp so much, he was eating it off the grill! We also liked the dressing, including the flavor of the fish sauce. Added fresh basil and a little fresh mint (couldn't find coriander). We made it with a firm mango (easier to find in the supermarket than a really ripe one!). The mango was slightly tart, but tasted amazing once grilled and combined with the dressing. Who can go wrong with coocnut and mango flavors in the same dish?!

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