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Thursday, January 27, 2011

Fabulous Roasted Shrimp Salad

We all know it's cold and snowy and shrimp salad and chicken salad is normally eaten in the warmer months, but I don't care. I need something to make me feel spring might be on its way. This should do the trick. If you need something hot make a simple soup.

FYI! Roasting your shrimp and also your chicken will make a much tastier salad than boiling.

Roasted Shrimp Salad
6 servings
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2 1/2 pounds (16-20 per pound) peeled shrimp
1 tablespoon good olive oil
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 cup good mayonnaise
1 tablespoon grated orange zest (2 oranges)
2 tablespoons fresh squeezed orange juice
1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
1/4 cup minced fresh dill
2 tablespoons drained capers
2 tablespoons small-diced red onion

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Pat the shrimp dry with paper towels and place them on a sheet pan. Drizzle with the olive oil, sprinkle with 1 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper, and toss together. Spread the shrimp in one layer and roast 6 to 8 minutes, turning once while cooking, just until pink and firm and cooked through. Allow to cool on the pan for 3 minutes.

Meanwhile, make the sauce. In a large bow, whisk together the mayonnaise, orange zest, orange juice, vinegar, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. When the shrimp have cooled, add them to the sauce and toss. Add the dill, capers, and red onion and toss well. The flavors will improve if you cover the salad with plastic wrap and allow it to sit at room temperature for 30 minutes. Otherwise, chill for up to 6 hours and serve at room temperature.


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