This Asian-inspired asparagus and shrimp salad is a refreshing, healthy, and colorful dish that's perfect for a light lunch or appetizer. The combination of fresh Altar asparagus, succulent shrimp, and vibrant herbs, all dressed in a zesty sesame ginger vinaigrette, makes this salad a palate-pleaser.
For the Salad:
1 bunch of fresh Altar asparagus, trimmed and cut into bite-sized pieces.
1 pound of large shrimp, peeled and deveined.
1 red bell pepper, thinly sliced.
1 cup of cherry tomatoes, halved.
1 cup of cucumber, thinly sliced.
1/4 cup of fresh cilantro leaves.
1/4 cup of fresh mint leaves.
1/4 cup of roasted peanuts, chopped (optional for garnish).
Salt and black pepper to taste.
Olive oil for cooking.
For the Sesame Ginger Vinaigrette:
3 tablespoons of soy sauce.
2 tablespoons of rice vinegar.
2 tablespoons of sesame oil.
1 tablespoon of honey.
1 tablespoon of fresh ginger, grated.
2 cloves of garlic, minced.
1 teaspoon of red pepper flakes (adjust to your preferred level of spiciness).
1. Prepare the Altar Asparagus and Shrimp:
Snap or trim the tough ends of the asparagus and cut them into bite-sized pieces.
Season the shrimp with salt and black pepper.
2. Cook the Asparagus:
In a large pot of boiling water, blanch the asparagus pieces for about 2-3 minutes, or until they become bright green. Drain and immediately transfer to a bowl of ice water to preserve their color and crispness.
3. Cook the Shrimp:
In a pan, heat a bit of olive oil over medium-high heat.
Add the seasoned shrimp and cook for about 2-3 minutes per side until they turn pink and opaque. Remove from the heat and set aside.
4. Prepare the Vinaigrette:
In a small bowl, whisk together the soy sauce, rice vinegar, sesame oil, honey, grated ginger, minced garlic, and red pepper flakes. Set aside.
5. Assemble the Salad:
In a large bowl, combine the blanched Altar asparagus, cooked shrimp, sliced red bell pepper, cherry tomatoes, and cucumber.
Drizzle the sesame ginger vinaigrette over the salad and toss gently to coat all the ingredients evenly.
Add fresh cilantro and mint leaves to the salad, tossing again to incorporate the herbs.
6. Garnish and Serve:
If desired, sprinkle with roasted peanuts for a delightful crunch.
Serve your Asian asparagus and shrimp salad immediately, and enjoy a burst of fresh flavors with every bite.
This vibrant salad is a harmonious blend of textures and tastes, making it a delightful option for a light, healthy, and flavorful meal. The sesame ginger vinaigrette adds a tangy zing to the dish, making it a satisfying and refreshing choice.