Spicy Shrimp Salads

June 5, 2014


Matt and I love shrimp. And cooked pineapple. And salads. And Rocky Mountain Sriracha! So on a weeknight when we had the ingredients on hand, we created this shrimp bowl that was too fun to not write down.

We started with lettuce from the garden. This was part of ‘salad week’ where every night we had a big salad topped with something fun in an effort to use up the greens flourishing in the garden beds.


We had leftover rice noodles from a Cook Smarts recipe, but you could use any kind of chilled noodles you like. (Soba noodles would be nice!)


This army of flavor formed the sauce


Hi Mr. Pineapple! So juicy sweeeeeeet.


The method for the shrimp and pineapple were simple: sear, dump in some sauce, remove from pan, repeat. The pineapple soaked up the sauce so that every bite was sweet/savory delight.


Pineapple + Shrimp Salad Bowl

by Kath Younger

Keywords: saute entree salad shrimp summer

Ingredients (2 servings)

  • 1/2 pound shrimp
  • 1.5 cups fresh pineapple (can be canned if you want but fresh is best!)
  • 1.5 cups cooked rice noodles (this should be about 3-4 ounces dry) – or any kind of noodles you want
  • Romaine or bibb lettuce, enough for 2 bowls of salad
  • 2 tbsp chopped mint
  • 1/2 tbsp sesame oil
  • Juice of 1 lime

For the sauce

  • 2 tbsp sesame oil
  • 2 tbsp rice wine vinegar
  • 2 tsp soy sauce
  • 2 tsp sriracha
  • 2 tsp brown sugar


  1. Prepare sauce by shaking together ingredients in a jar. This will be your glaze, dressing and finishing sauce.
  2. If needed, set a pot of water to boil for the rice noodles and cook as directed.
  3. Meanwhile, heat a large pan to medium high and add sesame oil. Add shrimp and cook for a few minutes per side, until they brown and turn pink. Resist the urge to crowd the pan!
  4. When shrimp are almost done, add 1 tablespoon of your sauce, toss to coat the shrimp and remove them from the pan.
  5. Add pineapple cubes to the pan and toss them in the brown bits that remain in your pan. Cook pineapple until it begins to brown and soften and then add another tablespoon of the sauce. Remove from pan.
  6. Toss lettuce in 2 tablespoons of sauce/dressing and toss noodles separately in another 2 tablespoons.
  7. Fill bowls with sections of lettuce, shrimp, pineapple and noodles.
  8. Drizzle on any remaining sauce.
  9. Garnish with chopped mint, fresh lime juice and more sriracha.
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{ 19 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Emily @ It Comes Naturally Blog May 30, 2014 at 6:02 am

Eggs and prawns are the two things I miss most since going vegan! This looks delicious!


2 Heather @ eSmoothie Recipes June 5, 2014 at 12:21 pm

I know Emily! I have contemplated going vegan so many times….but I would miss eggs (& cheese) so much I just can’t do it. I do make meatless meals and eat a mainly veggie diet…..to my husbands dismay! HA!

Kath – this looks awesome! My hubby would love that ‘sauce’ on grilled chicken with rice……


3 Angela Simpson May 30, 2014 at 6:37 am

Oh my goodness.. so many of my fave things, all in one bowl! I love shrimp and the spicier, the better! I don’t have a huge amount of patio space but am hoping to start my little patio garden this weekend. That’s so great that you guys have plenty of greens growing to keep you fed all week! :)


4 Jackie June 5, 2014 at 7:20 am

Wow yum!!!


5 Lori June 5, 2014 at 7:29 am

bahaha gollum reference! :)


6 Matt June 5, 2014 at 8:04 am

Oh man this was good


7 Shel@PeachyPalate June 5, 2014 at 8:51 am

Definitely making this! I’m yet to cook shrimp and I’m so afraid of over cooking them! How long total did those size ones take to cook?


8 KathEats June 5, 2014 at 9:34 am

Just a few minutes! Just until they turn pink


9 Kay June 5, 2014 at 9:35 am

Wow! That looks so good,


10 Hannah @ eat, drink, and save money June 5, 2014 at 9:40 am

I’m obsessed with sriracha, I’ll have to check out the Rocky Mountain Sriracha. Do you have Asian markets in your area? I’ve found that the sesame oil in those grocery stores are a million times better than anything you can get in a regular grocery store. This looks delish.


11 KathEats June 5, 2014 at 12:59 pm

I haven’t tried sesame variations but I should! Knowing what a specialty balsamic vinegar can do to a recipe…


12 Rebecca @ it's a nourishing thing June 5, 2014 at 10:08 am

That salad look delicious!! I love the idea of shrimp and pineapple together, so summery and light!


13 Kimberly June 5, 2014 at 10:16 am

I actually made this over the weekend thanks to it showing up in my Feedly early for some reason! It was a little too sweet for me, but I just added a little more soy and sriracha to cut the sugary-sweetness of it and it was good!!


14 Maggie June 5, 2014 at 10:39 am

This looks so delicious! I have most of the ingredients but will pick up the rest tomorrow for our dinner.


15 Alex @ Kenzie Life June 5, 2014 at 11:46 am

Even though there’s not a great vegan/vegetarian substitute for seafood, I think these flavors would work beautifully with tofu so I’m definitely going to try it!


16 Pat June 5, 2014 at 5:22 pm

Oh my, I am so making this as soon as I get some shrimp – probably tomorrow! I love cold noodles. I love Asian foods/sauces. I love shrimp. How can I go wrong? :)


17 Jeanie June 5, 2014 at 5:28 pm

Sounds and looks delicious!


18 Chelsea @ Designs on Dinner June 6, 2014 at 2:20 pm

Mmmm, this is right up my alley! I love grilled pineapple.


19 Christa June 10, 2014 at 8:03 pm

I made this recipe tonight and we loved loved loved it. Such a great combination of flavors. Thanks so much.


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