Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Red Shrimp salad with red rice, red leaf lettuce and heart of palm

Hi snobs and snobettes sorry i've been MIA the last week I've been completely wiped out by a terrible cold.  It was my first of the season so I consider myself lucky to have made it all the way to March without the sniffles, chills,  and disgusting flew like symptoms.  Well i'm back now with a delicious simple lunch or dinner you can whip up in under 10 minutes (that is if you've already made the rice). 
Red shrimp salad with citrus vinaigrette   
INGREDIENTS: 2 servings

Colusari red rice - 1 cup cooked ahead
6 raw large shrimps - cleaned but left in shell
1/2 can hearts of palm - 1/2 inch sliced 
1 head red leaf lettuce - washed and torn into bite size pieces
1 tomato - chopped 
SPICE BLEND for the shrimps: 
1 tsp smoked paprika 
1 tsp cumin
1/2 tbs minced garlic
1/2 lemon zested
pinch s&p
1 lemon juiced ( you can use lime or orange instead)
1 1/2tsp dijon mustard
1/2 tsp honey
3 tbs evoo (olive oil or grape seed oil) 
FOR RICE: boil 3 cups of water to 1 cup of rice with a tbs of butter or drizzle of olive oil on simmer covered for 30-40 mins. 
PREP:  let shrimps sit in marinate for 30 mins.
COOK: heat oil or butter in pan and sautee shrimps on med high heat until pink and tender about 2-3 mins, perfectly cooked shrimps should be succulent and slightly transparent in the middle, not rubbery and chewy! Cooking them in the shell adds flavor, so second guess yourself before pulling em off. 
SERVE: Toss salad with dressing, place rice on the bottom then salad on top and finally your beautifully cooked shrimps on top. You may want to chop up some parsley or mint to sprinkle over dish for extra freshness. I didn't have any at the time. This was one of those fast and furious i'm starving dinners ;) Enjoy. 


  1. This is so what I am having for dinner, I am procrastinating going to the grocery store and cruising around getting some meal ideas before I head out. Now we are getting of course shipped in tomatoes currently but still they aren't that bad. And shrimp, you can't go wrong with shrimp. Decision made I am having salad for dinner, the man can eat shrimp.

  2. It's great to keep some frozen raw or cooked shrimp in your freezer. They defrost super quick are fast to cook. Super easy to whip up a quick meal any time. Also great for a last minute shrimp cocktail if you're having guests over.


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