The easiest Valentine’s meal you can make your sweetie this year is a great big salad bursting with fresh crispy vegetables, sweet succulent shrimp and nutty sesame dressing. I threw together this gorgeous salad one evening-made to serve 6-and my sweetie ate half the pan.
Though I don’t blame him! The Asian Sesame Dressing by TLish is pretty darn addicting. It is nutty, sweet and savory all in one bite! Tiffany Denson used to make jars and jars of these dressing for her neighbors in Birmingham, Alabama before being convinced to sell it market wide, after having sold over 1700 jars in the year 2010.
It’s no wonder this sold like hotcakes, just look at that sweet dressing. You know you want to reach out and catch that drip right there. Just like the bottle says, “all natural. all good.”
I layered plenty of fresh produce to create texture and depth to this crispy salad. Topped with crunchy wonton strips, this salad is a gem. Mann’s Packing, which began from a carrot stand in 1939, quickly began selling a larger variety of fresh produce and has it’s own Asian Citrus Crunch Salad Kit too, if you’re in a pinch for a quick dinner. It has all the fix’ins in the bag! Majority women owned and always fresh, Mann Packing has just what you need to complete your meal.
Though I made this with individually purchased produce, because I didn’t get around to using my gifts from Mann’s Packing-yet-I just had to share that they had a comparable product that was perfect for this dish!
All the way down to the wonton strips!
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(Why does this salad look so tiny from way up here?) It’s huge!
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First layer up, a red and green lettuce combination and diced bell peppers.
Cabbage and more bell peppers.
More lettuce and sweet red onions.
Fresh cucumbers and carrots.
Succulent salad shrimp and nutty sesame seeds. And a sprinkle of lime zest.
Finally some wonton strips and salad dressing. (Notice a pattern of layering by twos?)
Such quick prep for salad that will disappear from your plate right before your eyes. Yummy!
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Asian Sesame Shrimp Chopped Salad
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Number of servings: 6
- 2 cups red leaf lettuce, chopped
- 2 cups romaine lettuce, chopped
- 3 cups cabbage, chopped
- 1/2 large red onion, quartered and sliced
- 1 red bell pepper, seeded and diced
- 1 green bell pepper, seeded and diced
- 1 cucumber, sliced
- 1 medium carrot, sliced
- 2 cups salad shrimp
- 2 Tb black sesame seeds
- 2 tsp sesame oil
- zest and juice of one lime
- 1/3 cup TLish Asian Sesame Dressing
- 12 wonton wrappers
- oil for frying
- Prep and wash the produce. Thaw and drain the shrimp, if frozen.
- In a large glass bowl or 13x9" baking dish, layer the salad ingredients. First half the lettuce, then half the bell peppers, followed by all of the cabbage and the remaining bell peppers. Layer the remaining half of the lettuce, followed by the red onion. Layer next the cucumbers and carrots. Drizzle the salad with the sesame oil and lime juice.
- Top with the salad shrimp and the sesame seeds. Sprinkle with the lime zest.
- In a small fry pan, heat oil to 350F. Cut the wonton wrappers into strips. Carefully fry the wrappers until they are lightly golden, flipping to cook evenly on both sides, about 30 seconds on each side. Drain on paper towels.
- Top the salad with crispy wonton strips and drizzle with TLish Asian Sesame Dressing.
This post was sponsored by TLish and Mann Packing. I received complimentary product from the sponsor for participating in #FreshTastyValentines. No additional compensation was received by me. All opinions, text, images, and recipe are my own, unless otherwise noted. Feel free to substitute the branded ingredients as needed with a like for like product. *This post contains affiliate links.