Strawberry Shrimp Salad

Strawberry Shrimp Salad
 
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The perfect accompaniment to a summer BBQ or patio party. This summer salad is refreshing and light, yet satisfying. If you want a healthy high-protein meal in a pinch, this is a good go-to meal!
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Recipe type: Salad
Serves: 4 servings
Ingredients
  • 400g frozen shrimp/prawns
  • 2 cups strawberries, sliced
  • 2 cups watermelon, diced
  • 2 bell peppers, diced
  • 1 medium box mixed spring salad greens
  • 2 avocados, sliced
  • CITRUS BASIL DRESSING
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • ¼ cup balsamic or red wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp maple syrup
  • ¼ cup citrus juice (orange, lemon or grapefruit) OR 6-8 drops citrus essential oils
  • 3 T basil, finely chopped
  • salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Fill a saucepan will water and bring to a boil
  2. Add the frozen shrimp to the boiling water and cook for 5-7 minutes, or until fully cooked.
  3. Drain the water from the shrimp and run cold water over to cool.
  4. Make the salad dressing by whisking all ingredients together in a bowl, or blending in a small food processor.
  5. Marinate the shrimp in the dressing for 5-7 minutes while you chop the rest of the vegetables and fruit. Use the remaining dressing for the salad.
  6. Serve in a large salad bowl or split into 4 equal servings.
  7. Enjoy!
Notes
Feel free to use any fruit or vegetables that you may have on hand. Other great additions could be sliced almonds, broccoli, cucumber, edamame, blueberries, feta cheese, hemp hearts or pumpkin seeds. Use your creativity, or whatever you have kicking around your fridge or pantry!

shrimp strawberry saladSummer is certainly on the horizon here in Vancouver. All this warm weather calls for more time outside and less time preparing meals indoors. This fresh and simple salad is quick to whip up and covers a lot of ground nutrient-wise. Frozen prawns/shrimp are an excellent source of protein, low in fat and calories with a good dose of iron.

I was debating calling this a “Detox Pink Salad”, but then I thought the men would lose interest too quickly :)IMG_7839This is also my first time using essential oils to make a salad dressing. I will continue to experiment with these little gems and they’re so easy to use. The best part is there is no mess to clean up from juicing your fruit :)IMG_7834This salad can also be made in “parts” ahead of time. Consider pre-chopping the vegetables or fruit and pre-cooking the shrimp so that assembly can be done on the fly. It’s all about the prep!!Use the remaining marinade dressing for the salad or choose a different dressing. A simple squeeze of lemon and olive oil would also be a refreshing alternative.IMG_7830

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