Friday, September 14, 2012

Shrimp Cocktail Salad




One of our favorite things to make is shrimp cocktail salad; it is so delicious with such complex flavors that one would have to experience this salad to understand exactly what we are talking about.

Interesting bit of information: legend has it that the shrimp cocktail was invented in the United States during Prohibition, because so many bars had no idea what to use the cocktail glasses that they had for, other than to serve non-alcoholic beverages. If you didn't already know, shrimp cocktail is traditionally served in cocktail glasses!

Ingredients: (this is for two servings)

For the shrimps:

16 cooked, peeled and chilled shrimps

3 Tablespoons ketchup

1 teaspoon Tapatio hot sauce (this is perfect because it adds spice to the sauce without changing the flavor), add more or use less depending on your taste

1 teaspoon lime juice (we prefer lime juice over lemon because it has more of a zesty aroma, versus the dull sour scent and taste of lemon)

Mix the ketchup, Tapatio hot sauce, and lime juice together, and then coat the shrimps evenly.

For the vegetables:

Salad vegetables of your choice, enough for two, washed and drained

1 Tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil

Fine or powdered sea salt

Brown sugar

Ground pepper

Pour the olive oil all over the vegetable, coat evenly. Sprinkle a few pinches of sea salt, brown sugar, and ground pepper. Toss. Serve as pictured.

Tammy and Sean

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