There are few things I love more than a cool, crispy, flavor-filled summer salad. Consumed in the warm sunshine, along side the aroma of sunscreen, freshly mowed lawns and served with an icy cold (adults only) beverage, summer salads are like eating happiness, one bite at a time.
Thankfully, one reader of mine thinks the same way. Kirsten is the mother of three (adorable) boys and knows how to mix up a mean bowl of summer love. I am forever grateful that she thought to pass this recipe along and look forward to rewarding her with a batch of cookies.
Or a margarita.
Before you read the recipe ingredients, open your mind. OPEN YO’ MIND!
Like anything worth celebrating, it’s the finished product that is important, the way everything comes together in the end. Separately, each ingredient is good. Mixed together, just so, the ingredients become one giant party. In a bowl.
And who doesn’t love a good party? (In your mouth. HEY OH.)
Shrimp & Watermelon Salad
1 lb. Shrimp (Peeled, de-veined, cooked and cooled. I bought a bag of frozen cooked shrimp, defrosted and snipped off the tails)
4 Cups watermelon
1 Medium red onion
1/2 Cup Fresh cilantro
Juice of 2 limes
1 Tablespoon Honey
3 Tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon fresh cracked pepper
Chop and de-seed the jalapenos. Add to a large bowl. Do not touch your eyeball. Even after you’ve washed your hands. OUCH. Now, cut up the watermelon, onion, cilantro, and avocados and add to the bowl, stirring well to mix. I used a melon baller and made my melon into little balls. It was fun and pretty, but chopping it, any style, would be great.
In separate bowl, whisk honey, lime juice, olive oil, salt and pepper. Pour the dressing mixture over the chopped mixtures and toss gently. Set aside for 10 minutes for flavors to meld. Serve cold or at room temperature.
Note to You: I added the juice of an additional lime to keep the avocados green longer. If you only have one lime, that would do just fine. Also, I served it with sliced homemade bread. Instead of licking the empty bowl, I sopped up all the juices. Purrrr.
And the Survey says…
The kids wouldn’t touch it, but I was happy. MORE FOR ME.
SuperHub: “Oh wow! It’s not as bad as I thought it would be. I don’t like meat and fruit mixed. It’s got a good flavor though.”
Me: Noshing noises, followed by a giddy, delighted moan as I head back for more. And then back for more.
My mom: “Very, very, very good.”