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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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