Japanese Spring Shrimp Salad

A few months ago we shared a recipe for our Japanese Winter Salad, which includes a miso dressing that we are pretty much addicted to; it makes an appearance in one of our two houses almost every week. Now that the weather is getting warmer and eating salads doesn’t feel like a chore, we wanted to freshen up the winter salad and make it exciting for spring. One of the ways that we did this is by adding shrimp to the salad that we sauté in a bit of that miso dressing we love so much. As the shrimp cook the miso gets a little charred and sticky in the very best way. The shrimp are accompanied by cucumber, spring peas, and some toasted almonds for crunch. This salad is great with seared potstickers for a quick and easy weeknight dinner.

Japanese Spring Shrimp Salad

  • Servings: 4 appetizer salads
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A fresh appetizer salad that is perfect for spring, served with a miso dressing that we cannot get enough of!


  • 16 shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 4 cups baby kale
  • 2 cups shredded green cabbage
  • 1 cup diced cucumber
  • 1 cup spring peas (you can use the peas in snap peas or frozen peas if spring peas are unavailable)
  • 1/2 cup toasted, sliced almonds
  • 1 avocado, diced
  • 1 batch miso dressing, divided


  1. Prepare the dressing by blending all of the dressing ingredients in a small blender. Mix until smooth. Remove 1/4 cup of the dressing and set the remainder aside.
  2. Heat a large sauté pan over medium heat. Add the 1/4 cup miso dressing and stir the pan so that the sauce is evenly distributed on the bottom. Add the shrimp in a single layer and cook the shrimp for 3 minutes per side. Remove the shrimp from the heat after they have finished cooking.
  3. Assemble the salad by layering the baby kale and cabbage on the bottom of a large serving dish. Add the cucumber, spring peas, almonds, and avocado. Top with the shrimp and drizzle with as much dressing as desired. Toss to coat and serve immediately.

Japanese Winter Salad with Miso Dressing

A few weeks ago we set out to create a dinner menu for our mom’s birthday. We are typically a family that goes out to celebrate birthdays, but in the world of Covid that isn’t possible. We wanted dinner at home to still feel special and celebratory, and settled on a combination of a catered platter of sushi and a few homemade accompaniments. If you know our mom, you know vegetables are always a priority. We set out to make an appetizer Japanese salad, which is one of our favorites when we eat at a sushi restaurant. To make things more seasonally appropriate for a birthday in November we subbed traditional romaine for baby kale and used radishes and rainbow carrots for some color. The key to this salad, and the reason you should bookmark it, is the miso dressing. It. Is. So. Good. It is the perfect mix of umami, tangy, and savory flavors that bring all of our favorite Japanese flavors to the forefront. We double this recipe so that we can have it as a pantry ingredient. In addition to this salad, it is great drizzled over roasted vegetables, grilled steak, or tossed with chilled noodles.

Japanese Winter Salad with Miso Dressing

  • Servings: 4
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A delicious winter salad with a miso dressing that you’ll want to have over and over again.

Ingredients for the Salad

  • 6 cups lightly packed baby kale, stems removed
  • 4 rainbow baby carrots, peeled with a julienne peeler
  • 4-5 large radishes, thinly sliced and stem discarded
  • 1 avocado, cut into large segments
  • 2 scallions, sliced on a bias

Ingredients for the Dressing

  • 1/4 cup white miso
  • 1 tbs soy sauce
  • 1 large clove garlic, roughly chopped
  • 1 tbs fresh ginger, peeled and roughly chopped
  • 2 tbs rice vinegar
  • 2 tbs sesame oil
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/3 cup avocado oil (or any neutral oil)


  1. Make the salad by preparing all of the vegetables and layering them in the order they are listed on a serving platter.
  2. Make the dressing by combining the miso – water in a blender until the garlic and ginger are mostly smooth. With the blender running, add the avocado oil in a steady stream until it has been fully combined with the rest of the dressing. If the dressing too thick for your liking, add another 1-2 tablespoons of water to get it to the thickness you desire .
  3. Drizzle the dressing over the salad and serve immediately.