This salad was dreamt up last night based on the things that I had in my fridge, freezer and pantry. Living in Nashville fresh seafood is tough so I am a firm believer in buying the best Gulf caught frozen shrimp to keep on hand.
This is one of the easiest salads ever! Presentation is key, but even if everything were tossed together it would still look and taste amazing. Most importantly you only need to make two of the components: the shrimp and the dressing
Cali-Style Chopped Salad with Shrimp and Creamy Cilantro Dressing:
I used apprx. 3/4 of a pound for two of us
1 tsp Chili Powder
1 tsp Cumin
1/2 tsp Sea Salt
1/4 tsp Cayenne Pepper
1 Tbs. Olive Oil
Thaw and Pat Dry then toss with spices and oil
Heat, non-stick pan; add shrimp; cook about two minutes per side
Remeber, shrimp cook SO very quickly and the worst thing you can do is over cook them. My shrimp needed just less than two minutes on each side, flipping once. Watch them fairly closely and once they start to turn white/opaque on the first side flip them over.
These would also be great on a grill pan or on the grill.
Truly these guys can be marinated and cooked in 5 minutes!
Creamy Cilantro Avocado Dressing –
Plain, Non Fat Greek Yogurt – one cup/little carton
2 Tbs. Canola Oil
1 tsp. White Wine Vinegar
Two handfuls of Cilantro (1/2 of a bunch)
Juice of one lime
1 clove of garlic (or 1 tsp of minced garlic)
1/4 of avocado (not pictured bc I used the only bit of a very ugly avocado that was still green — make use of what you can, folks!)
1 tsp. salt
2 little pinches of sugar
Throw everything in a mini food processor and then you’re done!
Dressing will make enough for 6+ salads.. I have put mine in a small Tupperware container in my fridge and it will keep until the expiration of the yogurt you used… Be sure to check that before discarding.
One can of black beans, drained and rinsed
One can of shoepeg corn, drained and rinsed
For a chopped salad layer your romaine first then add your rows of corn and black beans, tomatoes, dressing, feta and shrimp!
This salad is one that any guy is happy to eat because there is enough to it i.e. it’s satisfying and the flavors are great! Guys don’t have to know the base of the creamy dressing is Greek yogurt.
Side note, I have left over corn, beans and dressing since I only made two salads last night so I’m already looking forward to putting them to use somehow this weekend.
Enjoy this salad AND the LONG weekend my friends!!!