Thursday, May 23, 2019

Salad Dinner any way you like it! #recipe from author Essie Lang

I think it's safe to say that spring has finally arrived. At least we're being treated to some long-awaited warm temperatures -- for now, anyway. So, in celebration, and because I wanted something light for dinner, I tried a new combination for my salad.

I call this, a Salad Dinner anyway you like it, because you can play with the ingredients once you've got the Romaine lettuce and shrimp in the recipe. I suppose you could even swap out  those two if you wanted. Hey -- it's any way you like it!

So, I took this basic recipe from the Add a Pinch blog and then tweaked it. And here's my salad dinner for one.

What you'll need:

8 shrimp, raw
several leaves Romaine lettuce
1 medium avocado,, cut into chunks
sweet red pepper, sliced
1/2 tbsp. shallots, diced
1/4 c. sliced black olives

Make your own Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette Dressing (I loved this so much I made extra!)

1/4 c. extra virgin olive oil
1 lime for 1/4 c. freshly squeezed lime juice; zest it first and save for later
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tsp. Dijon mustard
1 Tbsp. fresh cilantro, chopped


What to do: 

Make up the vinaigrette dressing first. Just combine all the ingredients in a bowl and stir together.

For the salad:  Clean and de-vein the shrimp if needed, saute for approx. 3 minutes or until they are ready. Be sure not to over-cook. If they're frozen to begin with, check the packaging for instructions.
I didn't add any seasoning because the dressing will provide that.

Clean and chop the Romaine lettuce and layer in a salad dish. Add the avocado, red pepper, shallots and black olives. Top with the shrimp and then drizzle with the vinaigrette dressing. Season to taste with salt and pepper and then sprinkle lime zest on top.

Enjoy with a dinner roll or slice of some exotic bread!

 What are your favorite salads?

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1 comment:

  1. Easy to make and easy to adapt.
    I'll leave out the cilantro.