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Sweet & Spicy Shrimp Salad


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This salad is a mix of spicy blackened shrimp, sweet toasted pecans and honey mustard vinaigrette. Add in some goat cheese, and we think it makes a great combination of flavors to fit on one fork.

We paired this with Dogfish Head's Red and White. We realized halfway through the meal that it may not have been the most ideal pairing, but it's a damn good beer either way and it's from one of our favorite breweries. This Belgian-style ale is just one of their fabulously crafted beers with creative and unique ingredients.

What you'll need:
-about 10 uncooked shrimp, peeled and deveined
-enough red lettuce to satisfy two stomachs, washed and chopped
-2-3 tbsp. crumbled goat cheese
-10-15 grape tomatoes
-1 carrot, shredded
-2 thin slices red onion
-1/2 cup pecans
-1/2 tbsp. butter
-1 tsp. brown sugar
-1/2 tsp. cinnamon
-1/2 tsp. chili powder
-1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper
-1/2 tsp. onion powder
-1/4 tsp. garlic powder
-4 tbsp. olive oil
-2 tsp. honey
-1 tsp. white wine vinegar
-1/2 tsp. dijon mustard
-a pinch of salt and a pinch of pepper

What to do:

Melt butter in a frying pan on medium-low heat. Add brown sugar, cinnamon and pecans. Stir continuously for about 5 minutes or until pecans appear slightly darker. Cool.

In a separate frying pan, add 1 of the tbsp. of olive oil over medium heat. Add in shrimp, chili powder, cayenne pepper, onion powder and garlic powder. Mix for about 5 minutes or until shrimp is cooked through.

For dressing, shake remaining 3 tbsp. of olive oil with vinegar, mustard, honey and some salt and pepper in a salad dressing shaker or other sealed tupperware.

Assemble shrimp, pecans and all remaining ingredients in a bowl to your fancy. Enjoy!

Comments (2)

Delish! I love shrimp in a salad. Great blog...hope you can check mine out as well :)

Thanks, Jen! I did and I love it... can't wait to try the fried green beans: http://www.jenyceats.com/2011/04/14/fried-green-beans/

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