Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Citrus Shrimp Salad

I usually like trying out recipes on just the family but this one was a leap of faith.  I had watched Robin Miller make it while on the treadmill (I get so many good recipes this way...or maybe it's just I'm really hungry and everything looks good)I did read the reviews and decided that I needed to put my own spin on it.  She makes a dressing and spits it, using half for a marinade and half for a dressing.  I liked the idea but like the reviewers, I found that it did need to be kicked up.  So, I tried it out on friends and they loved it (although...my husband's response was...it just needed a strip steak to accompany it.  Spoken like a true carnivore.)

Believe it or not, I actually wrote down what I did the first time and WHEW...am I ever glad I did.  I decided today to give it another try and see if it was as good as I thought it was.  FYI...it was.

Need proof?

 
The marinade for the shrimp (and basis for the dressing), was orange juice, lime juice and zest, olive oil, fresh thyme, red pepper flakes, dijon mustard,  sesame oil and salt and pepper.  I divided it up and to the dressing, I added shallots, more thyme, a jalapeno and rice wine vinegar.   The salad was romaine, orange and yellow peppers, julienned carrots roma tomatoes, cucumber and avocado.  I marinated the shrimp and skewered them.  OH, YEAH...I split a lime and grilled it with the shrimp (flesh side down).  Unskewered the shrimp on the salad, squeezed with the roasted lime and topped with dressing.

Heaven!

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