Saturday, January 29, 2011

Spicy Shrimp Salad with Buttermilk Avocado Dressing

Fun times today with my friend Clare. She and I met at TCU the first week I was there. She is also from Midland (West Texas girls stick together), and now she and her fiancĂ©e live 3 buildings down in our same apartment complex. We don't get together often enough, but it is really nice to know I have a hometown girl so close. Today we went to the Alcove, a very fun cafe walking distance from our place and sat outside drinking coffee and hot chocolate. It was actually cold today, and when I say cold I mean 65 degrees. Then we went shopping at Target. Target is always sooo exciting. I can spend hours in Target, the clothes, the food, the home goods!

This shrimp could be made into an appetizer if you just want to use the dressing as a dip. Maybe something yummy for the Super Bowl coming up! I don't really like watching football, but there is always something exciting about the Super Bowl. I enjoy the food and somehow I get sucked into the rivalry of the teams. Usually I choose a team based on some random fact like "that is a cool mascot" or "New Orleans, I like that place.." I think this year I will go for the Steelers (they are playing right?) my reasoning....My elementary school mascot was the Steelers and I was a cheerleader in the 6th grade for our team. "Go Steelers!"

Spicy Shrimp
1/2 lb shrimp
1 lemon
1 tsp creole seasoning (I used old bay)
2 tsp Franks Red Hot

Creamy Buttermilk Avocado Dressing
1/2 avocado
1/2 cup buttermilk
1 Tbsp parsley
1 green onion
1 Tbsp lemon juice

Salad Greens

Blend in a food processor until smooth.

Season with salt and pepper.
The original recipe boils the shrimp, but I don't like to boil shrimp, it usually comes out dry for me. Instead, I roasted the shrimp in the shell then removed the shells after they cooled. Stir the creole seasoning, lemon juice and hot sauce into the shrimp.
Toss 2 Tb dressing with salad greens.
Serve salad topped with shrimp and a bowl of the extra dressing on the side.
So like I said earlier. If you want to serve this as an appetizer, I would serve the dip in the middle of a tray with the shrimp surround it.

1 comment:

Erika said...

WOW this sounds deee-licious! I love shrimp, I love avocadoes, I love salad... we have a winner! But my husband and kids would NEVER eat this... I will try it as the shrimp-with-dip for them and MORE SALAD FOR ME!! LOL thanks for posting, I love your blog.