Shrimp and Goat Cheese Salad

I finally made the salad I have been craving for, and I want to share the recipe with everyone! Last Sunday, my friend Mich and I attended Cocktail Wars (a monthly Iron Chef-style bartending competition) at Woodward, and we shared the grilled shrimp salad and the short rib tortellini. Both dishes were excellent and I found myself craving for the shrimp salad all week, so I decided to make my own interpretation. I went to Whole Foods for my weekly groceries and then the farmers market to pick up some wonderful, fresh ingredients from the Kimball’s Fruit Farm stand.

haricot verts

haricot vert is the fancy term for French green beans

grape tomatoes

how adorable are these grape tomatoes?

cucumbers

refreshing cucumber

raw shrimp

shrimp from Whole Foods

goat cheese

goat cheese from Vermont (I love New England produce)

The shrimp and goat cheese salad I ended up with was really easy to make. I used a simple lemon vinaigrette to dress it and it tasted very summery. The fresh vegetables were beautiful and the actual salad was so pretty, that I took a minute just admiring its attractiveness before digging in…

Shrimp and Goat Cheese Salad

(2 servings)

1 1/2 cups green beans

1/2 cup chopped tomatoes

1/2 cup chopped cucumbers

1/4 lb shrimp

2 slices (around 2-3 tablespoons worth) goat cheese (or you can use feta cheese)

2 tablespoons olive oil

1/2 teaspoon chopped garlic

salt, pepper, chili pepper flakes to taste

Easy instructions:

- Prepare the cold ingredients first: set aside the chopped cucumbers, tomatoes and goat cheese

chopped ingredients

- Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil, and saute the green beans on medium heat for a couple of minutes. Season to taste.

sauteed haricot verts

- Remove the green beans and transfer to a plate. Add 1 more tablespoon olive oil and 1/2 teaspoon chopped garlic. Saute the garlic for a minute until soft and fragrant, then add the shrimp and cook for another couple minutes. Season to taste.

sauteed shrimp

- Add the cucumbers, tomatoes, goat cheese and sauteed shrimp to the plate of green beans and voila!

shrimp and goat cheese salad

Dress salad with a lemon vinaigrette (I used the juice of half a lemon, 1/2 tsp dijon mustard, 1 1/2 tablespoon olive oil, salt and pepper) or whatever dressing you prefer (the salad at Woodward had a cabernet vinaigrette). Enjoy!

shrimp and goat cheese salad 2

I will be making this again soon

   

5 Responses to “Shrimp and Goat Cheese Salad”

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    Emily posted August 1, 2010 at 7:47 pm

    Yum yum yum! This salad looks fresh and savory all at once! And the cocktail wars sounds like something I definitely want in on… is it happening at the end of August as well!?

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    christina posted August 2, 2010 at 12:04 am

    i love shrimp & goat cheese together. that looks so awesome. ahhhh i grew up eating kimball’s ice cream. omgg soooo good.

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    christina posted August 2, 2010 at 12:05 am

    ah crap, i don’t think the kimball’s you were talking about is the same as the ice cream place in westford, ma. oops!

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    MelissaNibbles posted August 2, 2010 at 5:30 am

    That looks great. Different take on a traditional salad. I’ll have to try it!

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    Becky posted August 2, 2010 at 8:56 am

    Great salads made at home are the best! So easy to customize and so fresh ‘n delicious. Another great way to save a couple bucks!

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