Thai Chopped Salad with Lemongrass Ginger Shrimp

Thai Chopped Salad with Lemongrass Ginger Shrimp

This crazy delicious Thai Chopped Salad with Lemongrass Ginger Shrimp is fresh and healthy! Paleo, Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, and Whole30 compliant.

Course Main Course, Salad
Cuisine Thai
Keyword Thai Chopped Salad
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 6 minutes
Total Time 26 minutes
Servings 2 servings
Calories 418 kcal
Author Jenn Laughlin - Peas and Crayons


  • 10 oz shrimp  (fresh or frozen/thawed)
  • 2 cups romaine lettuce
  • 2 cups cabbage (any color)
  • 1 cup shredded/matchstick carrots
  • 4 radishes
  • 4 sweet mini peppers
  • 1/3 english cucumber
  • 1 TBSP oil for sautéing
  • 1 clove garlic (minced)
  • 1 TBSP lemongrass paste*
  • 1 tsp minced/grated ginger or ginger paste*
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt plus extra to taste




  1. Clean and peel shrimp, defrosting if needed. Lately we've been buying frozen, deveined, easy-peel shrimp. All I have to do is defrost, peel, and cook! You can also buy frozen raw shrimp already peeled if you'd like.
  2. Set prepped shrimp in the fridge, covered while you make your salad.
  3. Chop/shred your romaine and cabbage. Thin small pieces are best here since we're going for that chopped salad vibe! Grab your matchstick carrots and give them a rough chop as well. Trim the edges then slice radish into matchsticks and chop your cucumber in to bite-sized pieces. Slice sweet mini peppers, discarding the stem. Combine all your veggies in a large bowl and set aside.
  4. Heat a large pan or skillet to medium-high heat with 1 TBSP of oil and sauté your shrimp. Season with turmeric and sea salt. Cook on each side for about 2 minutes until shrimp curl and become opaque. The cook time will depend on the heat setting you choose and the size of your shrimp, but regardless they’ll be perfectly cooked in a matter of minutes. Add garlic towards the end and cook until fragrant. Lastly, add ginger and lemongrass and stir to coat/season the shrimp. Once it's all hot and ready, remove from heat.
  5. Place your shrimp on a clean cutting board and chop into smaller pieces, much like you were coarsely chopping an onion. This is optional but will give you a little shrimpy goodness in every bite!
  6. For the dressing, whisk together Sambal Oelek chili paste with oil, vinegar,and a pinch of salt, to taste. You can also add fresh squeezed lime juice to the dressing if you have any handy - delish!
  7. Pour half the dressing over your salad and toss/stir until evenly distributed. Drizzle on extra as desired.
  8. Add your shrimp and garnish with fresh chopped herbs of your choice, cashews , and shredded coconut.

Recipe Notes

Want even more coconut flavor? Feel free to toast your coconut until lightly golden before adding to your salad. Optional + delicious!

* You can use fresh grated ginger here or use ginger paste from a jar/tube. The jars are normally found near the sauces in the ethnic food aisle by the Thai and Japanese ingredients and the tubes of lemongrass and ginger are in the refrigerated area by the salads and herbs.

Nutrition Facts below are estimated using an online recipe nutrition calculator. Adjust as needed and enjoy!

Nutrition Facts
Thai Chopped Salad with Lemongrass Ginger Shrimp
Amount Per Serving
Calories 418 Calories from Fat 216
% Daily Value*
Fat 24g37%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 357mg119%
Sodium 1583mg69%
Potassium 782mg22%
Carbohydrates 19g6%
Fiber 6g25%
Sugar 10g11%
Protein 32g64%
Vitamin A 16660IU333%
Vitamin C 112mg136%
Calcium 278mg28%
Iron 5mg28%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.