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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Author: Betsy Ramsey

Betsy Ramsey is the author of Natty Gal. Born and raised in Northeast Ohio, she now lives there with her husband and Bichon-Frise, Dolce. A mindful fashion & capsule wardrobe enthusiast, she travels extensively, visiting 56 countries to date. Betsy is committed to helping others live their most fulfilling life!

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.

    1. Yay! Hope you enjoy. And thanks so much for the feature! Always thrilled to be one of your picks! TGIF!

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