This combination of zingy herbs, cool noodles, grilled shrimp and spicy dressing makes a fabulous, easy dish. Plus, it can largely be made ahead of time, then put together just before serving. Squid or chicken are delicious substitutes for the shrimp.
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1 1/4 pounds large shrimp, shelled, or small squid bodies, halved lengthwise
Two 2-ounce packages dried cellophane noodles
Salt and freshly ground pepper
2 scallions, thinly sliced
1 1/2 cups mint leaves
3/4 cup cilantro leaves
3/4 cup basil leaves
1/2 cup chopped salted roasted peanuts
Lime wedges, for serving
How to Make It
In a bowl, combine the lime juice with the fish sauce, sugar, oil, chile, lime leaf and oyster sauce. In another bowl, toss the shrimp with half of the chile-lime dressing. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
Meanwhile, in a large heatproof bowl, cover the cellophane noodles with warm water. Let stand until pliable, 5 minutes.
Light a grill. Drain the cellophane noodles. Using scissors, cut the noodles into 2-inch lengths and return them to the bowl. Cover the noodles with the boiling water and let stand until they are softened, about 1 minute. Drain well.
Season the shrimp with salt and pepper and grill over high heat until just tender, about 1 minute per side. In a bowl, toss the shrimp with the cellophane noodles, scallions, mint, cilantro, basil and the remaining dressing. Mound the salad on plates or a platter. Sprinkle with the peanuts and serve with lime wedges.
The lime-inflected fruit of many New Zealand Rieslings echoes the lime juice in this spicy, lightly sweet Asian salad. Pour a slightly off-dry bottling.
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Review Body: My husband and I enjoyed this recipe. We love making food with lots of fresh herbs! I did make a few alterations, but the only major critique worth sharing is that I ended up making more of the chile-lime dressing. The dressing is tasty but delicate enough that next time I will make 1 1/2 of the amount as directed. Also, if you want to try this but don't have oyster sauce on hand, I didn't feel that it was absolutely critical to the dressing.