Avocado Shrimp *Salad

I made this delicious, light, colorful dinner tonight and I think it was worth sharing. I found the recipe on a Facebook video ( I usually always save them and never make them 🙄) and it is quick and easy. I highly recommend it! The original #Recipe calls this a salsa but we ate it as a salad.

Ingredients

1 lb raw shrimp peeled and deveined*

1/4 tsp Salt and black pepper, or to taste

1 Tbsp olive oil

3 medium limes, juiced

2 medium/large avocados

1/2 english cucumber

3 medium tomatoes

1 small red onion finely diced

1/2 cup Cilantro (1/2 bunch) chopped

Instructions

1 Season shrimp lightly with salt and pepper. Place a large skillet over medium high heat. Once the pan is hot, add 1 Tbsp olive oil. Add shrimp in a single layer and cook 3 minutes total, turning once halfway. Saute just until cooked through then remove from the pan. Transfer to cutting board, coarsely chop and place into a large mixing bowl.

2 Squeeze the juice of 3 medium limes over the shrimp, stir and set aside to marinate while you prepare remaining salsa ingredients.

3 Dice cucumber, tomato and avocado and add them to the mixing bowl with shrimp.

4 Finely dice onion and chop 1/2 bunch of fresh cilantro. Add to the mixing bowl then stir together all of the ingredients until well combined and serve.

The original recipe served this as a salsa with tortilla chips. Since we’re trying to be healthy we ate this as a salad.

Original bloggers video: here

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New Favorite Appetizer Alert

I went to a party yesterday and the hostess with the mostest had this phenomenal spread out 😋I LOVE entertaining and will definitely be copying some of these apps!

My most favorite dish here was a baked feta, recipe as follows. (Derived from Michael Symon)

BAKED FETA:

• 1 cup cherry tomatoes (halved)

• 1/2 cup Kalamata olives (pitted and chopped)

• 1 clove garlic (minced)

• 2-3 tablespoons finely-chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley (divided)

• 1 teaspoon dried oregano

• 3 tablespoons olive oil

• 1 pound block Greek feta

• 4 scallions (sliced)

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 400ºF.

In a bowl, mix the tomatoes, olives, garlic, 2 tablespoons parsley, oregano, olive oil and a few grinds of pepper.

Place the block of feta in the middle of an 8″x8″ baking dish. Pile the tomato mixture on top of the feta. Bake for 20 minutes or until the cheese has softened and melted.

Remove from the oven and garnish with the remaining parsley and scallions and serve immediately while still warm. This can be placed back in the oven to melt if the cheese starts to firm up again.

Italy at Home

We decided to go vegetarian a couple days a week for a handful of reasons. Day one was successful and this recipe helped tremendously! The recipe says it serves 4-6 people… it served 2 in our house 🙈. I highly suggest making his for your next gathering. This bruschetta is slathered with a rich layer of goat cheese, topped with mouth-watering roasted tomatoes, and drizzled with a sweet and tangy balsamic reduction. If you’ve never had bruschetta like this before, your life will instantly be changed after trying one bite.

Bruschetta with Goat Cheese

Serves: 4-6 Cooking Time: 30 minutes

INGREDIENTS

1 carton of grape or cherry tomatoes, sliced

1/2 teaspoon salt

1-2 tablespoons olive oil

1 cup balsamic vinegar

1 loaf of French bread, sliced

4 oz. goat cheese

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

Basil, fresh or dried

INSTRUCTIONS

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

2. Slice tomatoes and spread out on a baking sheet. Sprinkle with salt.

3. Lay sliced French bread pieces on a baking sheet and spread with olive oil.

4. Bake tomatoes for 20 minutes or until well roasted. Halfway through baking the tomatoes, place sliced French bread in for 10 minutes.

5. In the meantime, place goat cheese and garlic powder in a small bowl. Mix with a hand-held mixer until well blended and creamy.

6. To make balsamic reduction, place vinegar in a small saucepan. Heat over medium-high until boiling. Once boiling, reduce heat to medium-low and allow to simmer for 10 minutes. Stir occasionally. Vinegar is done once it has thickened and coats the back of a spoon.

7. Spread a thick layer of cheese on bread. Top with tomatoes and drizzle with balsamic reduction. Sprinkle basil on top.

8. Serve immediately.

NOTES

Adapted from Joyful Healthy Eats.