Gulf Coast Shrimp Salad

Crowded Earth Kitchen is spending some time on the Gulf Coast along the Florida panhandle, and the seafood here is FABULOUS. Fresh from the dock, seafood lovers can procure an impressive variety of fish, oysters, crawfish, and shrimp. We’ve opted to steam large, whole brown shrimp – a staple here along the Gulf – and turn them into a healthy salad, Florida style!

Ingredients (Serves 4)

1 pound fresh, whole brown shrimp

2 Florida oranges (oranges sold as “juice oranges” are the best!)

2 tablespoons soy sauce

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 head romaine lettuce, finely sliced

4 cups fresh spinach, washed

2 avocados, diced

Fresh, whole brown shrimp


Step 1) Squeeze juice from one orange. Combine juice with soy sauce and minced garlic. Set aside.

Step 2) Place shrimp in a steamer basket above boiling water. Steam shrimp for 6 minutes or until pink. Drain immediately, rinse in cold water, and set in freezer to chill for 15 minutes.

Step 3) After 15 minutes, wash remaining orange well and cut in half. Then, cut each half of the orange into very thin slices.

Step 4) Arrange romaine lettuce and spinach on individual serving plates. Top with thin orange slices and avocado. Drizzle with the orange/soy/garlic dressing.

Step 4) Remove shrimp from freezer. Arrange cooked Gulf shrimp over each salad and serve immediately!

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