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Simple Summer Shrimp Salad to Beat the Heat

Who wants to cook when it’s in the mid-90’s?  Not me!  On the hottest of days I much prefer to make a big batch of salad to live off of for a couple of dinners.  A favorite in my rotation is this simple summer shrimp salad.

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Simple Summer Shrimp Salad Recipe

Using pre-cooked and cleaned shrimp makes this about a 5-10 minute recipe, tops!  If you have access to fresh-off-the-dock seafood and prefer to cook your own, poaching is my favorite method.  See details below.

  • 2 lbs. chopped cooked shrimp
  • 2 diced celery ribs
  • 4 sliced green onions
  • 3/4 cup light mayonnaise
  • 2 teaspoons lemon zest
  • 1/4-1/2 teaspoon ground red pepper; NOTE: 1/2 teaspoon will give this salad a distinct heat and spice.  If you are sensitive to spicy food, I recommend starting out with a 1/4 teaspoon and adding more to taste once mixed.
  • salt & pepper to taste

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To poach shrimp:

Add water to a large pot.  Stir in any seasonings you like: lemon, bay leaves, etc.  Bring water to a boil.  Remove from heat.   Add 2 pounds thawed, unpeeled raw shrimp.  Cover and let stand about 5 minutes (depends upon size of shrimp) until shrimp turn fully pink.  Drain and plunge into ice bath.

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Serving Suggestions

I love this salad for it’s versatility.  Serve it on a croissant or top split brioche a la lobster roll-style.  Or on a bed of bib lettuce leaves.  With a muffin or slice of sweet bread, if that’s your jam!

At Casa Ramsey we try to keep carbs to a minimum during the work week so I often opt to serve this salad with fruit.  Grilled stone fruit in season is an especially nice accompaniment.  I used nectarines in the photo below.

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Grilled Stone Fruit

Brush halved stone fruit of your choice (peaches, nectarines, plums, apricots) with a mixture of:

  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/4 balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract

Oil and then pre-heat grill until it fully reaches a medium-high temperature.  Set fruit on grill cut side down for about 4-5 minutes.  To use as a dessert, serve with freshly whipped cream or ice cream.

Bon Appetit!

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Simple. Nutritious. Satisfying.

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10 thoughts on “Simple Summer Shrimp Salad to Beat the Heat”

    1. It’s yummy! I like how the sweet offsets the spice/heat of the red pepper in the salad. Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend!

  1. I love most salads of this type (chicken, tuna, egg, chickpea, etc.) but haven’t thought to make a shrimp salad. Yum! I’m excited to try this.

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