Food

Shrimp, Strawberry, and Feta Salad

Hot summer days call for refreshing, yet satisfying dinners. We have been in a salad mood at our house and trying to come up with new combinations. My husband made an amazing steak salad for lunch Sunday so I tried to top that with this creation.

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The savory roasted shrimp and crumbled feta balance out the sweetness of the fresh strawberries.

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I like the Olde Thompson Fish and Seafood Seasoning to give the shrimp plenty of flavor. You can find it at most grocery stores. I bought this at Target.

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Chopped shallots add flavor to the easy vinaigrette.

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Balsamic vinegar, olive oil, and a little salt and pepper round out the vinaigrette.

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I use feta a lot. It is rich and creamy.

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This is a perfect dinner for a hot summer night. Cheers to August!

Recipe:

  • About 1 pound raw shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • Olive oil to coat shrimp
  • Salt and pepper
  • Seafood seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon chopped shallot
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 cup sliced strawberries
  • Greens (I used romaine)
  • 1 cup crumbled feta

 

  • Toss as much raw, peeled, and deveined shrimp as you like in olive oil and season. I used Olde Thompson Fish and Seafood Seasoning, available at Target.
  • Roast at 400 degrees for 10 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, make the vinaigrette: Whisk together a tablespoon of chopped shallot, 3 tablespoons of olive oil, 2 tablespoons of water, 2 tablespoons of balsamic vinegar, and a little salt and pepper.
  • Arrange greens on plates. Cover with sliced strawberries and crumbled feta.
  • When shrimp is cooked and cools for a minute, arrange it on the salad.
  • Drizzle with vinaigrette.
  • Serve and enjoy!
Food

The Perfect Marriage: Olive Oil and Balsamic Vinegar

Olive oil and balsamic vinegar have a marriage made in heaven. I bet they never argue despite being complete opposites. Olive oil never leaves his dirty socks on the floor and balsamic vinegar doesn’t spend too much money on shoes.

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But really, this is a combination I have always loved. It has a way of seeming fancy, even when accompanied by a cheap loaf of bread from the grocery store bakery. But did you know how many fantastic flavors of oil and vinegar are out there? Enough for endless combinations of flavors like gremolata, lavender, salted dark chocolate, and white peach.

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Fortunately for me there is a delightful little shop about an hour away from my home that features many of these fun flavors and offers free tastings of the various oil and vinegar combinations. For store locations, visit http://www.vitasanaoliveoil.com.

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You sample the oil and vinegar in little plastic cups or by dipping an oyster cracker in them. Although we definitely preferred some flavors over others, all of them have really authentic flavor and amazing fragrance.

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I was intrigued by the lavender balsamic. Perhaps drizzled over grilled chicken?

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I opted for a bottle of the fig balsamic.

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The first thing I did when I got home was whip up this tasty salad of spinach and fresh strawberries with a generous drizzle of the fig balsamic. It is the perfect combination of sweet and sour, and is a light and refreshing summer side dish.