Friday, March 16, 2007


Shrimp Salad

Do you ever want to run away from home?

I guess that is another way of saying...go on vacation.

So my question really is, do you ever want to go on vacation? (My, what a silly question! I liked it better the other way!)

I know I feel that way sometimes.

Happily, my daily life is like a vacation, minus room service, so I don't have too much to complain about.

Then again, I do long to escape here and again.

And my solution?

Make something to eat that I would only eat on a tropical island. Far from prying eyes. Something I can pick at with my fingers. Or slurp with abandon.

Something lush and opulent. Jewel-like in its precious beauty. (Wow Rachael, feeling over the top today? Why yes, yes, I am.)

Something like this.

Shrimp salad.

Salty, succulent, crunchy, rich (and riche), cooling and finger-lickin' good. And if you really want, you can eat it with your fingers (though, wrapped in a lettuce leaf is nice too)

Try it, and enjoy!

1 pound cold small shrimp, cooked and peeled
2 stalks celery, diced
2 carrots, diced
1 red bell pepper, diced
1 small zucchini, diced
1 shallot, minced
1/4 cup sliced cornichons (gerkhins)
1/3 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup chopped fresh herbs: oregano, parsley and dill or tarragon
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

Whisk together the mayonnaise, herbs, mustard, and lemon juice in medium bowl. Add the rest of the ingredients. Taste and season with salt and pepper.

Serves four as a light entree.


The California freshwater shrimp is a federally listed endangered species

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I love this idea! I have been needing a vacation lately, so perhaps will indulge in something tropical myself ... coconut, perhaps?
I love when you said, "my daily life is like a vacation, minus room service, so I don't have too much to complain about." I don't know many people who would say that and I think its great that you have that outlook. You need to bottle up your positiveness and sell it! :)
Nicole - This would taste FAB with some coconut in it! Yum.

And Chris - Bless. That was so sweet of you to say! Thank you so much.
Rachael- Met you last night in class I believe. Found the blog and love it! Can't wait to try this salad. Sounds yummy.
I only want to run away when my wife notices the big mess in the kitchen I've made ;)
I certainly need a vacation. I love the idea of escaping through food instead!
T - it was GREAT meeting you, and Im glad you found my site! I hope to see you again soon!

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