Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Main Course Salads -- Roasted Shrimp, Pepper, and Avocado Salad #MLKphotocontest @LeslieBudewitz

LESLIE BUDEWITZ: Summer is a great time for salads that serve as main courses. This one does require turning on your oven for half an hour, but if you don’t mind that, it’s super easy. The radishes may seem a curious addition, but they’re fun—a little heat and flavor, with a crisp texture that’s nice on the teeth while the avocado teases the tongue.

Slice up some crusty bread, or serve with hearty, seed-studded crackers, and a chilled Pinot Gris or Sauvignon Blanc, and enjoy!

And there's still time to enter our 7th Anniversary Photo contest! Look left to the Cheerleader photo for the details -- and get your books camera-ready! (Pics of e-readers, or in bookstores or libraries work, too.) Five winners will get a fabulous Mystery Lovers' Kitchen bag with five signed books by MLK authors! #MLKphotocontest

 Roasted Shrimp, Pepper, and Avocado Salad

2 medium shallots, thinly sliced
3 poblano peppers, seeded and sliced
1 tablespoon canola oil
2 teaspoons chili powder
1 pound shelled shrimp
4 radishes, thinly sliced
3 tablespoons lime juice
½ teaspoon kosher salt
6-8 ounces mixed green
1 avocado, sliced

Pre-heat oven to 450 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment pepper.

Toss the shallots, peppers, oil, and chili powder; spread on the baking sheet and roast for 20 minutes. Add the shrimp, stir to coat, and roast for 5 minutes. Cool slightly.

Meanwhile, mix the radishes, lime juice and salt. Use the paper to dump the roasted mixture into your serving bowl, add in the radish mixture and greens. Stir to combine and top with avocado slices.

From the cover of TREBLE AT THE JAM FEST, Food Lovers' Village Mystery #4 (Midnight Ink, June 8, 2017):  

Erin Murphy, manager of Murphy’s Mercantile (aka the Merc), is tuning up for Jewel Bay’s annual Jazz Festival. Between keeping the Merc’s shelves stocked with Montana’s tastiest local fare and hosting the festival’s kick-off concert, Erin has her hands full.

Discord erupts when jazz guitarist Gerry Martin is found dead on the rocks above the Jewel River. The one-time international sensation had fallen out of sync with festival organizers, students, and performers. Was his death an accident?or did someone even the score?

Despite the warning signs to not get involved, Erin investigates. And when the killer attacks, she orchestrates her efforts into one last crescendo, hoping to avoid a deadly finale.

Leslie Budewitz is the author of the Food Lovers’ Village Mysteries and the Spice Shop Mysteries—and the first author to win Agatha Awards for both fiction and nonfiction. The past president of Sisters in Crime, she lives in northwest Montana with her husband, a musician and doctor of natural medicine, and their cat, an avid bird-watcher.

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  1. Love shrimp in any recipe - will definitely try this one. Thanks for the creativity!
    Always Anonymous Nancy R in Ottawa, Canada

  2. Nancy, we've posted quite a few shrimp recipes on the blog. Search shrimp -- search box in the right side bar -- and enjoy!

  3. Lots of great flavors & textures. Yummy!

  4. I know what I'm making next time shrimp goes on sale again. Thanks for the summery salad inspiration, Leslie! Yum...