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Shrimp Salad with Sweet Chile Dressing


Nick Nairn uses langoustines (prawns) in his Asian-inspired sweet-and-sour salad, but shrimp are a fine substitute. The trick here is soaking the vegetables in the ice water until just before serving, which makes them supercrisp and curly.

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  1. 4 scallions, cut into 3-inch lengths and thinly sliced lengthwise
  2. 1 cup snow peas, thinly sliced lengthwise
  3. 1 small carrot, thinly shaved with a vegetable peeler
  4. 1/4 cup unseasoned rice wine vinegar
  5. 1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  6. 1 teaspoon Asian sesame oil
  7. Salt
  8. 1 pound large shrimp, shelled and deveined
  9. 5 ounces mesclun greens (10 loosely packed cups)
  10. 1/2 cup cilantro leaves
  11. 1 ripe mango—peeled, pitted and thinly sliced
  12. 2 tablespoons Asian sweet chile sauce, or 1 tablespoon ketchup mixed with 1 tablespoon Sriracha chile sauce
  13. 1 cup mung bean sprouts
  14. 1/2 cup salted cashews, coarsely chopped
  1. Soak the scallions, snow peas and carrot slices in a medium bowl of ice water in the refrigerator for at least 20 minutes or up to 1 hour.
  2. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, mix the rice vinegar with 3 tablespoons of the vegetable oil, the chile sauce and the sesame oil; season with salt.
  3. In a large skillet, heat the remaining 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil until shimmering. Add the shrimp, season with salt and cook over moderate heat, turning once, until curled and pink, about 2 minutes per side.
  4. Drain the scallions, snow peas and carrot slices, pat dry thoroughly and place in a large bowl. Add the mesclun, cilantro leaves, mango, bean sprouts, chopped cashews and 5 tablespoons of the dressing and toss the salad well. Transfer the salad to a serving platter and top with the sautéed shrimp. Drizzle the salad with the remaining dressing and serve.

Suggested Pairing

This tangy, sweet and lightly spicy dish needs a white wine with a touch of sweetness, often referred to as "off-dry." Many of the Rieslings produced in the United States are fermented to retain a small percentage of the grape sugar; go with a bottling from Washington State.