SHRIMP!Just call me a regular ol’ Beaver Boy. Two of my favorite things, especially together, are 1. SHRIMP and 2. WHITE WINE. Tim & Eric Show fans, you know you can’t talk about shrimp & white wine without talking about the Beaver Boys. And if you don’t know Beaver Boys or Tim & Eric, watch the video I linked above. You will either hate it or love it, just like this spicy garlic shrimp salad. Kidding! The only possibility is that you will love this salad, because it is delicious.
So, pour yourself a big glass of chilled wine and let’s get started.
Another thing I love together, besides shrimp and white wine, is shrimp and avocado. Also, shrimp and garlic. This salad accomplishes all of these things! Shrimp is sautéed in coconut oil, lemon, white wine, lemon, and of course lots of garlic and red chili flakes. Then It’s tossed with a delicate green salad full of fresh avocado, cherry tomatoes, and lots of fresh cracked black pepper. What’s not to LOVE?!
Spicy Garlic Shrimp Salad
1 pound wild-caught shrimp, peeled and deveined
1 tablespoon coconut oil
juice from one lemon
1/4 cup dry white wine
lots of garlic, minced! (about 3-5 cloves depending on how much you looove garlic)
lots of chili flakes – add to your heart’s desire
salt & cracked black pepper to taste
4 cups leafy greens – you can use spinach, arugula, baby kale, spring mix, or a combo of your faves!
1 large avocado, diced
2 cups cherry or grape tomatoes, halved
1 tablespoon good dijon mustard
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1/2 tablespoon olive oil
2 tablespoons lemon
salt & cracked black pepper
Get a big skillet and turn it to medium heat. Melt the coconut oil then add the shrimp, lemon, garlic, and chili flakes, stirring sporadically. Once the shrimp has turned pink and is all cooked through, about 5 minutes or so, deglaze the pan with your white wine. Once that cooks out, taste a shrimp and decide if you need more chili, more garlic, S&P, anything. Set aside.
Toss together all your salad ingredients in a big bowl. Shake together all the dressing ingredients in a mason jar and lightly dress the salad. Portion the greens out onto separate plates (this should make 2-4 portions depending on how hearty the appetites) and top with the warm shrimp. Grind some fresh sea salt and black pepper on top, and you are GOOD to GO!
This spicy garlic shrimp salad is really, truly that easy. If you have all the ingredients on hand, you can throw it together in under 15 minutes. And probably devour it just as quickly. Such a perfect, quick, summer weeknight dinner! And you can mix it up by adding in whatever other veg you have on hand, trying a homemade ranch or dijon dressing, etc. You really can’t go wrong with this one.
Oh, and of course, serve with a glass of chilled white wine.