Tuesday, July 2, 2019

10th Anniversary -- Hail to the Shrimp Salad from Leslie Budewitz

LESLIE: We're celebrating the 10th anniversary of Mystery Lovers' Kitchen this week, with reprises of recipes we posted early on, and a fantastic giveaway. My first post here was August 4, 2013, as a guest, celebrating the launch of Death al Dente, the first in the Food Lovers' Village series. That series is set in fictional Jewel Bay, Montana, based closely on the town where Mr. Right and I live.

I've got no idea how many times I've posted since then -- probably at least one more guest post, then on the 1st, 3d, and 5th Tuesdays since January 2015. There are now five Food Lovers' Village mysteries, two Village short stories, and four Spice Shop Mysteries. And I have absolutely adored sharing the recipes from their pages, along with many of our household faves and new discoveries, with you.

This salad is a definite keeper in our house. One of its attractions is its flexibility -- you can use a mix of herbs, whatever is fresh in the pots on your deck. It's a meal-in-a-bowl that won’t keep you slaving over a hot stove for hours, and it keeps well. Plus, it’s perfect for a summer potluck!

(A 2-pound bag of shrimp from Costco is just right for this salad – but don’t tell Erin Murphy, my protagonist. She worked as a grocery buyer at fictional competitor SavClub before coming home to Jewel Bay, and still shops there whenever she can!)

Whether you've been cooking with the Kitchen Crew from the beginning, or you've just discovered, us, I hope you're having a delicious summer!


2 pounds medium shrimp, cooked and peeled, thawed
1/3 cup lemon juice
1 teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
½ to 2/3 cup olive oil
1 pound green beans, trimmed and cut into 1 inch pieces
1 celery heart, with leaves, sliced 1/4 inch thick
6-8 green onions, with about half the green stem, thinly sliced
1 red or yellow bell pepper, cut into ½ inch pieces
1 cucumber, peeled, quartered, and cut into 1/4 thick slices (an English cucumber is great, but a garden slicer works well, too)
1 pound or more cherry or grape tomatoes, any color, halved
1 cup pitted Kalamata olives, halved
1/4 cup, more or less, of fresh herbs: a combination of chives, basil, parsley, and oregano is excellent

Make the dressing: Thaw the shrimp and place in a medium bowl. Combine the lemon juice, salt and pepper, and mustard in a small mixing bowl. Pour the olive oil in slowly, whisking so the dressing doesn’t separate. Pour half the dressing over the shrimp and mix well; cover and refrigerate.

Prepare the vegetables: Cook the beans in boiling water 2-3 minutes, until tender-crisp. Drain and rinse with cool water to stop the cooking. Chop the remaining vegetables and place all veggies and herbs in a large bowl. Pour in the remaining dressing and stir to coat thoroughly. Cover and refrigerate if you’re making this ahead.

About half an hour before serving, add the shrimp to the vegetables. Taste for seasoning, and add more salt, pepper, lemon juice, or herbs as needed.

To serve: Serve in pasta bowls or mounded on plates. This salad is also nice over mixed greens. Slice up a crunchy loaf of bread, open a bottle of a crisp Pinot Grigio, and raise your glass. Salut!

                                                              Seasoned shrimp

                                                  Chopped ingredients ready to go

                               A delicious summer salad to enjoy on the deck or patio

From the cover of CHAI ANOTHER DAY, Spice Shop Mystery #4 (Seventh St. Books, June 2019): 

 Seattle Spice Shop owner Pepper Reece probes murder while juggling a troubled employee, her mother's house hunt, and a fisherman who's set his hook for her.

As owner of the Spice Shop in Seattle's famed Pike Place Market, Pepper Reece is always on the go. Between conjuring up new spice blends and serving iced spice tea to customers looking to beat the summer heat, she finally takes a break for a massage. But the Zen moment is shattered when she overhears an argument in her friend Aimee's vintage home decor shop that ends in murder. 

Wracked by guilt over her failure to intervene, Pepper investigates, only to discover a web of deadly connections that could ensnare a friend - and Pepper herself.

Leslie Budewitz is the author of the Food Lovers’ Village Mysteries and the Spice Shop Mysteries, and the winner of Agatha Awards in three categories. Death al Dente, the first Food Lovers' Village Mystery, won Best First Novel in 2013, following her 2011 win in Best Nonfiction. Her first historical short story, "All God's Sparrows," won the 2018 Agatha Award for Best Short Story; read it on her website. A past president of Sisters in Crime and a current board member of Mystery Writers of America, 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. Fish is the only seafood I am not allergic too, but the receipe sounds good.

  2. Oh definitely saving this recipe! Thank you!

  3. The shrimp salad sounds delicious!

  4. Delectable salad which is perfect for this hot summer.

  5. Yummy shrimp and the book sounds tasty too!

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  6. Mmm, shrimp salad! Perfect for summer days here in Louisiana!

  7. I love shrimp so this recipes looks amazing. Can't wait to try it.

  8. Sounds yummy, I'll have to try it! Thank you!

  9. Every morning when I make my stop at this website I say I'll just look and drool, not copy the recipe. And very, very often I end up saving it and trying it later. This shrimp salad is perfect for this time of year with the hot days, and I have a Costco trip planned for this week! Thanks for the posts and yummy recipes and great giveaways.

    1. LOL! If we've made you hungry, we've done our job!

  10. I eat some seafood, but not much: scallops, clams, and occasionally baby shrimp. Those are pretty much the only fried foods I eat, and not very often.

  11. Happy 10th Anniversary! Shrimp Salad looks amazing. Thanks for the great giveaway!

  12. I'm getting ready to read Chai Another Day!! Can't wait. Salad looks good too. Vicki

    1. Thanks, Vicki. Enjoy the return trip to Seattle -- on the page!

  13. That shrimp salad sounds absolutely wonderful. Perfect for a light summer meal. Great book too
    Thanks for the great giveaway. Happy Anniversary.

  14. I am not really fond of shellfish but my daughter would love this salad

  15. I love all the colors in this salad. So pretty. turtle6422 at gmail dot com

    1. And colorful foods are good for you, too -- a great mix of vitamins and minerals. Enjoy!

  16. This salad looks so good! Thanks for the chance! ljbonkoski@yahoo.com

  17. Salad looks yummy! Thanks for the recipe. 1cow0993(at)gmail(dot)com

  18. Salad looks good! Cant wait to read the book! Thanks for the chance!

  19. Thank you for the recipes and contests. I love putting shrimp in salad - it adds a decadent touch. Congratulations on the 10 Year Anniversary!

  20. Thanks for all the delicious recipes you have posted these past ten years! Love them !
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  21. I love shrimp! Thanks for the recipe!

  22. Great dish to add to this weekend's family get-together. Thanks for the recipe!

    1. It makes a lot and is always popular -- enjoy!

  23. Oh this sounds like a fabulous dish. Thanks for sharing it. Wonderful post today. quilting dash lady at comcast dot net

  24. Cool! Yummy! Legallyblonde1961@yahoo.com

  25. Love the idea of these retro posts! And the shrimp salad looks perfect for summer!

  26. Not a seafood fan, but my sister would love this recipe, congrats on 10 years centraleast2 at gmail dot com

  27. Will try this. We have shrimp once a week. Looks good for summer.

  28. Here’s hoping for another 10 years! (At least)

  29. I don't eat seafood, but my dad would have loved this recipe! Congrats on your continued success, in the kitchen and on the page!

  30. I like shrimp and this looks like a tasty meal!

  31. Looks delicious thank you for the recipe. Donakutska7@gmail.com

  32. Thank you all! Remember you can enter every day -- but be sure to enter on our July 1 "Around the Kitchen Table" post to make sure your later entries count!

  33. Love shrimp - makes me hungry.


  34. Your recipe is wonderful. doward1952(at)yahoo(dot)com

  35. interesting recipe

  36. Shrimp dishes are my favorite! Thanks for sharing. maceoindo(at)yahoo(dot)com

  37. Love Shrimp I am having some today...thanks for a new recipe.
    Marilyn ewatvess@yahoo.com

  38. It's been a long time since I've had shrimp salad, but I do like it. bluedawn95864 at gmail dot com