Top Chef has been heating up this summer with the help of host Padma Lakshmi.
Access Hollywoods Shaun Robinson met up with the uber-sexy cuisine connoisseur, who is celebrating her best-selling cookbook Easy Exotic. On the Access set, Padma whipped up one of its easy, low-calorierecipes for Oriental Shirmp Salad!
[When I have to hit] the red carpet and I want to get into that slinky dress I make this because it’s so healthy, Padma explained.
At a little over 300 calories per serving and 36 grams of protein, this salad is satisfying and simple to make.
Step one: Shrimp Paste
1 cup mint leaves
1 tsp cumin
12 black peppercorns
1 tbsp ginger
Â½ tsp sugar
Pinch of salt
1 tsp tamarind paste
Blend the ingredients together, pour on to shrimp and let marinate.
Step 2: The Salad
The salad should be a mixture of your favorite vegetables and iceberg lettuce.
It gives you that crisp, fresh bite and basically you want to toss these ingredients up.
Step 3: Saute
Saute the shrimp for about 3-4 minutes.
Step 4: Dressing
2 tbsp Oriental sesame oil
3 tbsp lemon juice
1 tbsp of rice wine vinegar
2 tbsp soy sauce
3 dashes of Oriental chili oil
We have toasted sesame oil, which gives you that nice Asian, smoky flavor. You have lemon juice, you have a little bit of vinegar, Padma said. I put soy sauce in there also and I like chili oil
Finally, pour the dressing on to the salad. Add cooked shrimp, sprinkle with sesame seeds and in less than 30 minutes, enjoy.