Shrimp Salad

 

Shrimp Salad

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Everyone should have a good shrimp salad recipe in their arsenal. This one is perfect for a BBQ or picnic side dish, or for a light summer meal. It is truly delicious, contains very few ingredients and the dressing can be made the day before so that you can just toss together all of the ingredients when you are ready to serve it.

Shrimp once got a bad rap because it was thought that they raised cholesterol levels. Recent research shows that this is not the case. Shrimp is high in omega-3s and in several vitamins and minerals and has properties that help the body fight bacteria and viruses.

Onions are one of my favorite ingredients (I know, you are probably tired of me saying this…) because I love the taste and they are so good for you. Onions help with phlegm conditions and they act as a diuretic. They are especially good if you have a cold, allergies, upper respiratory infection or a sinus infection. And, they really taste good in this shrimp salad.

Celery adds a nice crispness to this dish and, as an added benefit, it helps lower blood pressure.

I bought my shrimp already cooked and cleaned (Usually, I like to cook them myself, but I was cooking for a large crowd and I just didn’t feel like cooking and cleaning 8 pounds of shrimp, so feel free to take the easy road!)…
shrimp cooked

Cut up some red onion. I like to mince it so it’s really small…
red onion minced

And celery…
celery chopped

Make the dressing by stirring together some healthy mayonnaise with a little mustard…
safflower mayo mar

Some fresh lemon juice…
lemons

A touch of vinegar, and chopped dill…
dill pic

Toss it all together…
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And enjoy with a cold glass of white wine…
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Shrimp Salad
(serves 10 as a side dish)

2 lb cleaned and cooked large shrimp, tails removed
1 red onion, finely minced
5 celery stalks, finely minced
1 cup safflower mayonnaise
3/4 tsp Dijon mustard
juice of half a lemon
sea salt and black pepper
1 Tbs white wine vinegar
2 Tbs minced fresh dill (or to taste)

Put shrimp, onion and celery in a large bowl.

In a small bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, mustard, lemon juice, salt, pepper, vinegar and dill. Stir some of the dressing into the shrimp, using as much or as little as suits you. Enjoy!

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