Sunday, May 13, 2012

More Please: Easy Shrimp Salad

When I was a child, one of my fondest memories of a special treat was my family recipe for shrimp salad.  It is simple. It is delicious. It has very few ingredients, so they have to be of the best quality. Fresh Gulf shrimp.  Very fresh vegetables and the best quality mayonnaise.  If  you live in the South, use Duke's.  If not, well, Hellman's is what I use here in Texas.  A home made aioli would be best.

The first thing to remember is to NOT overcook the shrimp.  See previous post about poaching.

Easy Shrimp Salad

1.5# large Gulf shrimp poached, peeled and deveined
3 ribs celery - fine dice
4 or 5 Green Onions - fine dice, white with two inches of the green (as long as its tender)
1/2c - 3/4c  Good quality mayonnaise
1/2 Tsp. Black Pepper
1/2 Tsp. Salt (to taste)

Cut the shrimp in half lengthwise and then into thirds.  Combine all ingredients and adjust seasonings to taste.  I like to let this sit overnight to let the flavors really come together.  Served on a sandwich, or sitting on top of a plate of shredded romaine, this stuff is totally fresh and addictive.

The addition of a squeeze of fresh lemon just before serving is icing on the cake.  Enjoy.

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