Ginger Shrimp, Soba Noodle + Spinach Salad



Can every salad we make have noodles?

I can't see you disagreeing for too long - especially after you sink your teeth into this one! This recipe came to me after basically craving everything at the same time after a weekend of traveling... you know I just wanted something healthy but filling but light but hearty but fresh but satisfying. Easy right? (just imagine being married to me, I'm a dream.) Ty and I crave Asian food everydamnday because... well folks it's unsurpassable. The sauces! The spice! The crunch! The slurpability! So naturally when trying to check off an excessive amount of boxes, I turn to the superior Asian cuisine.

Shrimp is an amazing protein because not only is it low in calories, high in protein and very reasonably priced, it cooks in basically five minutes. If you don't have time for that... you are busy! But lemme just say this: a wise woman once said "You have the same number of minutes in your day as Beyonce." Now let's make time for this meal!

It's simple - all you have to do is blend up your marinade-that-turns-into-dressing, let your shrimp absorb some flavor, boil some noodles and chop up your veggies. Shrimp goes onto the stovetop for about 60-90 seconds per side... seriously!... and tofu - should you choose to include it - cooks in minutes. Dinner/lunch/snack is served. Enjoy!


Ginger Shrimp, Soba Noodle + Spinach Salad

Cook Time: 10 mins | Prep Time: 10 mins | Serves 3 as a main dish

Ingredients
for salad
  • 1 lb. shrimp, peeled + deveined + tails removed
  • 2 cups spinach, washed + dried
  • 2 bundles soba buckwheat noodles (most packages come with 3 bundles)
  • 7 oz. extra firm tofu, drained & cut into 1 inch pieces (most packages are 14 oz. so half!)
  • 1 avocado, diced
  • 1 jalapeno, sliced
  • 1 shallot, sliced 
  • chopped cilantro, optional
  • lime wedges, optional
shrimp marinade/salad dressing
  • 1/2 inch piece of ginger, peeled and chopped (about 1 tbsp.)
  • 1/2 small yellow onion, diced
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce (or tamari for GF)
  • juice from 1/2 lemon
  • 1 tbsp. honey
The Steps
  1. Make your marinade: Combine all ingredients in a blender or food processor. Place half of marinade in a large ziplock bag with the shrimp; set aside the remaining half to dress the spinach. Let shrimp marinate in fridge for 10 mins.

  2. Boil noodles: In a large stockpot, bring water to a boil. Once boiling, add in soba noodles and lower heat to simmer; let noodles cook for 8 minutes and then rinse under cool water.

  3. Compile veggies minus spinach: Combine avocado, jalapeno, shallot and cilantro if using in a large salad bowl. Add in drained & rinsed soba noodles; set aside.

  4. Cook shrimp: In a nonstick pan, heat 1 tbsp. oil & when hot, add in 1/2 of shrimp making sure not to overlap them. After 60-90 seconds, or when you start to see the sides of the shrimp turning white, flip them over and cook another 60 seconds. Remove from pan and cook second batch. 

  5. Cook tofu (if using): In same skillet as shrimp, season tofu with salt and pepper and sear the tofu on all sides until golden brown. Add to salad bowl.

  6. Dress salad & toss: When ready to serve, add in your spinach leaves to the salad and the remaining dressing; Toss to coat leaves and veggies. Add in cooked shrimp and serve warm or at room temperature! 

If you make this recipe, let me know! Leave a comment, let me know what you think + be sure to tag any pictures with @TheSavvySpoon or #TheSavvySpoon on Instagram!
xoxo
Cay

1 comment:

  1. I tried it. Frankly, it is more delicious than I thought.

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