Green Apple Salad with Shrimp
  • Srv: 4
  • By: Eric Banh, Ba Bar, Seattle

Salad Ingredients


  • 2 green apples, cored and julienned (4 cups)
  • 1 cup julienned carrot
  • 12 poached and deveined shrimp
  • ¼ cup dried shrimp (soak in lukewarm water for 2-3 minutes, then discard water)
  • ½ cup red onion relish (soak thinly sliced onion in half white vinegar & half cold water for 10-15 minutes)
  • ½ cup fresh mint
  • Optional 4oz blanched and thinly sliced pork belly
  • 2 tablespoons caramelized shallot *see notes
  • 2 tablespoons shallot oil (from fried shallots)
  • 1 teaspoon toasted broken rice powder
  • 2 tablespoons roasted peanut


  1. In a large bowl place green apple, carrot, shrimp, dried shrimp, pork belly (optional), red onion, mint, 1/3 cup nuoc cham (see below), 2 tbsp shallot oil. Mix well but gently with kitchen tongs or hands with gloves.
  2. Transfer seasoned salad to large serving plate.
  3. Sprinkle toasted rice powder, caramelized shallot, peanut on top. Serve and enjoy!

Nuoc Cham Ingredients


  • 1 tsp finely diced bird eye chili (remove seeds if less spice is desired)
  • 1 tsp finely diced jalapeño
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely diced
  • 1 cup lukewarm water
  • 6 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 8 tbsp fish sauce. Squid brand is readily available at Asian Super Markets
  • 6 tbsp white distilled vinegar
  • 1 fresh lime, juiced


  1. Prepare and set aside bird eye chili, jalapeño, garlic.
  2. Use a medium bowl to mix water and sugar well until sugar is completely dissolved. Add or reduce sugar to taste preference.
  3. Add fish sauce, vinegar, lime juice to mixture of sugar water. Stir for 5-6 seconds.
  4. Place bird eye chili, jalapeño, garlic to mixture of water, fish sauce, vinegar, sugar, lime juice. Mix well for 8-9 seconds.
  5. Nuoc cham can be prepared ahead of time and stored in in refrigerator up to one week.


Fried shallot is available at Asian markets but it is much more delicious and can easily be made at home. More importantly, the oil from shallots frying is flavorful added to any salad.