This light & bright spring roll salad takes all the hassle – no more time spent rolling! – out of the classic dish and keeps all the delicious fillings.
For the spring roll salad dressing:
For the spring roll salad:
SHAKE: Add all of the dressing ingredients to a Mason jar, pop on the lid tightly and shake until the dressing is combined. Alternatively, whisk all the ingredients together in a small bowl. Set the dressing aside for later.
BLANCH: Fill a saucepan large enough to fit your noodles into about 2/3 full with water. Fill a bowl large enough to fit the shrimp easily with ice and top off with water – set the ice bath aside. Bring the saucepan to a boil and add the shrimp, cooking until the shrimp are opaque and just firm, about 30 seconds – 2 minutes, depending on the size of your shrimp. Use a slotted spoon to transfer the cooked shrimp to the ice bath and let them cool.
BOIL: Bring the water back to a boil and add a splash of oil, a pinch of salt & the sweet potato starch noodles. Follow the instructions on the package to give you an idea of cooking time, which will vary according to the size & thickness of the noodles, but will be in the range of 6 – 10 minutes. You want to boil them until they are translucent and just cooked through without any hardness in the middle, but not for so long that they get mushy. They should be a little chewy with some bounciness to their texture. Stir them often and lift them up with tongs to help them from clumping.
RINSE: Drain the cooked noodles in a colander and then run them under cool water for a minute or so, using your hands to separate them as you rinse. Let them sit in the colander to drain but not dry out as you make the salad.
CHOP: While the shrimp and noodles are cooking, get your veggies ready. Peel the carrots then either grate them or use a julienne peeler to shred them. Use a mandoline to thinly slice the cucumber and radishes. Roughly chop the green onions and, if you like, the herbs, too. Peel and thinly slice the mango.
DRESS: Add the drained noodles and about half of the dressing – give it another shake to combine again, if needed – to a large bowl. Use tongs to toss the noodles until they are evenly coated in the dressing. Drain and pat the shrimp dry, then add them to the salad bowl. Add the carrot, cucumber, radishes and green onions, then the rest of the dressing. Toss to coat and add additional salt, to taste. If you like, add more fish sauce for umami, lime juice for brightness, honey for sweetness or vinegar for kick.
SERVE: Just before serving, add the fresh herbs and sliced mango. Without the herbs and fruit, the salad base can sit, dressed, overnight in the fridge if you like. If you like, you can top the spring roll salad with slivers of toasted coconut for crunch.
You can swap the fish sauce out for coconut aminos, if you like.
Sweet potato starch noodles are used in the Korean stir fry dish japchae, so they’re often marked as “japchae noodles” and you can find them in international markets. They can also be called Korean vermicelli, dangmyun or glass noodles. You can buy them online, but they’ll be much more expensive, which goes double for people marking them up as “paleo”! The only ingredients should be sweet potato starch and water.