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Friday, May 1, 2009

Shrimp salad rolls -with Peanut Sauce and Spicy Sweet & Sour dipping sauce

Shrimp salad rolls
6 ounces vermicelli noodles, softened in hot water and cooked until just tender (a couple of minutes), rinsed under cold water and drained, cut into 3 inch lengths
2 large carrots, peeled and grated
3/4 cup fresh thai holy basil (or sweet basil leaves) finely shredded
1/3 cup fresh cilantro, coarsely chopped

Spicy Lime dressing -mix together
3 Tbsp. fish sauce
juice of 2 limes
1 med jalapeno pepper, chopped
2 1/2 Tbsp. sucanat

24 round rice paper wrappers (8 inch diameter)
1 head leaf lettuce, separated, rinsed, dried and tough center bits trimmed
1 pound medium shrimp. poached in boiling water until pink, peeled, sliced in half lengthwise and deveined

we use rice wrapper rolling plates available at specialty asian stores.

1. In a bowl, combine the noodles, carrots, basil, and cilantro. add the spicy lime dressing and toss to coat

2. Fill a wide shallow pan with hot water & spread a dish towel out on a work surface. Dip a rice wrapper in the water for about 3 seconds until softened and place on towel . (or use the rice wrapper plates to make things much easier for you if you are a novice. We bought ours in chinatown)

3. Place a lettuce leaf on the lower third of the rice wrapper. spoon a scant 1/4 of the noodle mixture onto the lettuce, arrange 2 shrimp halves next to each other, and roll up into a cylinder, tucking in the ends as you go. Place the roll on a platter and cover with a damp towel to keep from drying out. repeat with remaining wrappers. you will get better at it. :)
serve with the two sauces below:

Peanut sauce-

1/4 cup gluten free hoisin sauce
(to make hoisin sauce- in a med bowl stir together 4 Tbsp. Gluten free soy sauce, 2 Tbsp. natural peanut butter, 1 Tbsp. honey, 2 Tbsp. rice vinegar, pinch of garlic powder, 2 tsp. sesame oil, 2 dollops of hot sauce and a pinch of black pepper. stir well it will mix eventually)

2 Tbsp. natural peanut butter
1 1/2 tsp. tomato paste
1 tsp. sucanat
1/3 cup water
1 tsp. macadamia nut oil
1 1/2 tsp. minced garlic
1 tsp. crushed red pepper

1. In a small bowl combine hoisin sauce, peanut butter, tomato paste, sugar, and water and stir until smooth.

2. Heat a small heavy saucepan on high and add the oil and heat until hot (20 seconds). Add the garlic and crushed red pepper and stir for about 5 seconds. stir in the peanut butter mixture, and cook (turn the heat down slightly) for about 3 to 4 minutes. Serve warm or at room temperature

Spicy Sweet-&-Sour Dipping sauce


1 tsp. crushed red pepper
Juice of 3 limes or 2 lemons
1/4 cup fish sauce
3 Tbsp. sucanat
1 Tbsp. minced garlic
2 Tbsp. grated carrots

In a medium bowl, soak the crushed red pepper in the lime juice for 3 minutes. Add the fish sauce, sucanat, and garlic and stir to dissolve the sucanat. just before serving, add the carrots. (sauce will keep coverd in fridge for several days)


  1. awesome! i love thai. thank you for the "cleaner" versions of the sauces.

  2. you could make it (the peanut sauce) even easier by simply making the hoisin sauce and then stirring in 2 Tbsp. peanut butter. fast and still delicious