Perfect for these warm summer months, this light, healthy and refreshing Spicy Thai Shrimp Salad (Pla Goong salad recipe) is packed fulls of flavors like fresh lemongrass, spicy Thai chilies, fish sauce, chili paste, fresh herbs, veggies and juicy succulent shrimp that gives it that “best salad ever” feeling!
This is literally my favorite salad ever. And I’m pretty sure once you taste it you’ll place it in the “best salad ever” category too!
I’m not going to claim it’s the best salad in the world. Come on, there are some pretty awesome salads out there. BUT, it’s a pretty damn amazing salad.
I don’t kid. It’s that good. Juicy shrimp, fresh herbs, crisp veggies, and the most amazing light, but umami packed dressing, you don’t want to miss this.
And I’ve never met an easier salad to make. SO EASY. It takes about 10 minutes to put together. That’s right 10 minutes.
You NEED this in your life.
I am knocking it out of the park recently. Another healthy recipe?? You guys are going to start wondering what happened to me.
**One of my other favorite HEALTHY salads is this awesome Grilled Thai Beef Salad. It’s got a lot of the same flavors, and the beef is so juicy and full of flavor**
I keep all these ingredients in my fridge all the time because they are some of my favorite. Which makes making this recipe incredibly easy. If you’ve been cooking with me for some time, you should also have all the ingredients by now.
Related Post: The Essential Thai Pantry Ingredients
But if not, they should be easy enough to get. Grab them at your local grocery store, or just buy them on Amazon through the below links (affiliate links – I earn a small commission if you buy through these links to help me pay rent – seriously, being a blogger costs more than I thought!):
What Can Be Used Instead of Palm Sugar?
Palm sugar has a depth of flavor that regular white sugar just cannot provide. If you don’t have palm sugar, you can substitute brown sugar, or even coconut sugar. Molasses is sometimes used as a substitute, but I don’t recommend it for this particular recipe.
Will Fish Sauce Make my Food Taste Fishy?
Definitely not. Don’t be scared away by the intense fishy smell. Once you add it to a dish, that fishiness fades away and you are left with an amazingly delicious depth of flavor. This is my all time favorite ingredient to use in cooking!
What Can I Substitute for Lemongrass?
Personally, I recommend using lemongrass if you can possibly find it. It’s really what gives the salad its awesome flavor. However, if you really need to substitute, you can use lemon zest. For this recipe, use 1 tbsp. of lemon zest to replace the lemongrass. But really guys, go get you some lemongrass paste!!
What Can Be Used Instead of Sambal Oelek?
Much like the lemongrass, I recommend you go buy some sambal oelek. You’ll love it and it can be used on so many things. However, if you’re in a bind, substitute Sriracha. It has similar flavor profiles.
How to Make Pla Goong (Thai Shrimp Salad)
Hold on to your seat because this is going to be a wild ride.
First combine all your dressing ingredients in a bowl and set aside.
Heat the coconut oil in a skillet and add shrimp. Cook for 1-2 minutes per side, until pink and no longer opaque. Be careful not to overcook or they will become tough and chewy.
Add the chopped lettuce and tomatoes to a large plate or bowl. In a smaller bowl, add the red onion, shallots, cilantro and mint and mix together well. Sprinkle the lettuce with the herb and onion mixture.
Layer the shrimp on top and drizzle with dressing.
And DONE. See? Wild ride…
What did I tell you. Easiest and bestest Thai shrimp salad recipe!
Thai food has so many amazing flavors. It’s really one of those cuisines I’ve fallen in love with. As such, there are a bunch of recipes on this site with Thai flavors. Here are some of my favorites:
Thai Green Curry Shrimp and Grits
Easy Baked Satay Chicken Wings
Thai Fried Chicken and Waffles with Sweet Chili Sauce
Thai Chicken Flatbread Pizza
Thai Grilled Shrimp Skewers with Coconut Sticky Rice
Thai Red Curry Ramen
Did you make this Thai shrimp salad with Thai salad dressing? Leave a comment below and let me know how it turned out!
A fresh and healthy salad made with fresh herbs and veggies, an umami packed sauce of fish sauce, lime juice, chili paste and palm sugar, topped with juicy succulent shrimp.
- 1/2 lbs. medium shrimp
- 4 cups chopped lettuce
- 2 tomatoes, chopped
- 1 tbsp. cilantro, chopped
- 2 tsp. mint leaves, chopped
- 1/4 red onion, sliced
- 1 shallot, sliced
- 1 tsp. coconut oil
- 3 Thai chilies, diced***
- 1-2 tsp. sambal oelek
- 2 tbsp. fish sauce
- 2 tbsp. fresh lime juice
- 2 tbsp. palm sugar
- 1 tbsp. lemongrass paste
Combine the Thai dressing ingredients in a bowl and set aside.
- Heat 1 tsp. coconut oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add the shrimp and cook 1-2 minutes per side, until pink and no longer opaque. Remove from heat and set aside.
- Combine the shallot, red onion, cilantro and mint in a small bowl and mix to combine. In a large bowl, add the chopped lettuce. Sprinkle with the herb and onion mixture. Layer the cooked shrimp over top and drizzle with the dressing.
- Devour and go back for seconds.
***Increase or decrease the number of Thai chilies used based on your spice preference. Personally, I only use one because I'm a baby.
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