Friday, February 13, 2015

Mediterranean Shrimp Salad for Two

Mediterranean Shrimp Salad for Two

Shrimp tossed with a spiced Greek yogurt & feta sauce, served 2 ways--depending on how you and your loved one like it.

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Everybody dies famous in a small town.


I'm usually more pop music or classical than country music, but I've been humming Miranda Lambert's song for the past few days. Our little town* has a weekly newspaper and this blog was profiled. On the front page. Above the fold. I'm very pleased with the article and doubly glad that I don't need to clean my house to have you come and read this blog post. [Mom & Dad, I've already mailed a copy of the paper to you and when I did the gal at the UPS store said 'you were in the paper, weren't you? I read about you while eating dinner last night'.]

You can read the article here, and if you did--thanks for stopping by!


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As high falutin' as it may seem to be on the front page, that doesn't alter the reality that I spent part of the morning scooping the back yard. Let me tell you, replacing 8 pound Wee Oliver Picklepants (there is no replacement) with 40 something pound Robert Barker is NOT easier in that regard. However, I did manage to have a pretty glamorous lunch.

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Mr Bean's gift wrapping skills in Love, Actually pale in comparison to the efforts I put forth while artfully arranging the fresh parsley.
Each time I hit the commissary after work lately I've ended up with a bag of shrimp. Cooked shrimp and raw shrimp are taking over the freezer and my brain. [Um, in a good way]. In addition to seafood advertising, I'm bombarded with Love--so in the spirit of love I made a recipe that works for my daughter and me so we could have a nice lunch together.

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Valentine's is a time to show someone your love by fixing food they'd like. My daughter rocks--she's kind, funny, hardworking, generous, witty as all get out . . . but [you just knew there was a 'but'] she doesn't like lettuce [or olives, but I can live with that one as I didn't like olives until after my spouse's second Iraq tour]. My vision of a Mediterranean Shrimp Salad includes both lettuce and olives, and darn it I want to eat them!

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I started the salad with a spiced Greek yogurt. I got the idea to spice things up thanks to Kristy's gorgeous vegetables [you can see her Sweet Roasted Carrots with Kale Pesto and Spiced Greek Yogurt here]. While those flavors were melding I grabbed the rest of the stuff. I don't have any multigrain sourdough because we ran out while I was in Fort Wayne at a sled hockey tournament and my spouse bought bread. However, I saw a magical markdown sticker on sourdough so I picked some up. Please try this with sourdough toast--it's really good. If I had beet greens from the community supported agriculture (CSA) farm share they would be good alongside, but I'm between farm share seasons. It's my time to play and use the roasted garlic and pickled peppers I put up last summer.

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My daughter had her shrimp salad on toast. I didn't finish all my salad at lunch, so my son came home and picked out all the shrimp for an after school snack. Later on, my spouse came home and finished off the rest of the salad. I won't say it's enough for 4, though--but it was plenty for two.

For other recipes using shrimp, since I haven't fiddled with the Visual Recipe Index by Ingredient to include non-produce ingredients, please see my Roasted Shrimp and Potato Salad, Shrimp and Garlic Scape Scampi, or Shrimp and Salsa Verde Cornbread Pizza.

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Mediterranean Shrimp Salad for Two

⅓ cup plain Greek yogurt
½ teaspoon dill mix (I use Pampered Chef but any dill dip type mix will do)
1 clove roasted garlic [here's how I put up my crop] or use plain minced garlic if you like
¼ teaspoon freshly ground pepper
½ teaspoon lemon juice
1 to 2 Tablespoons crumbled feta cheese
To serve: lettuce, olives, sourdough toast, fresh parsley or dill and more feta cheese

In a small bowl, stir together yogurt, spices, lemon juice and cheese. Set aside for 30 minutes at room temperature. If using as a toast topper, chop the shrimp before tossing with the spiced yogurt. If using the shrimp in a salad, leave them whole and toss with the spiced yogurt or just plop a dollop of yogurt on top of the lettuce and pile the shrimp on top of that.  Serve over lettuce with olives, pickled peppers, and more feta, and be sure to toast up some sourdough to go alongside.

One more, since--what it really looked like when I got around to eating:

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*According to the city we're 2 square miles, but according to my daughter's Bio teacher it's really 3 square miles. I'm with Mr Guizzo on this one.

This post is linked up with What's Cookin' Wednesday

16 comments:

  1. Are you in my head?? I've totally been craving a dinner with Mediterranean flavors, but also wanted to keep it light. This is perfect, pinning and making straight away!!

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    1. Mischa,
      It's advertising--it works! I'm sure that's what put the shrimp bug in my brain. And we just watched The Matrix, so my brain bug image is a pretty clear one now. Yuck.
      Anyway--thanks!

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  2. This looks delicious!! I love all the flavors! Pinning so I can try it!

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    1. Michelle,
      I'm stuck on feta and olives now--and I'm glad.
      Thanks for sharing!

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  3. Congrats on your article. This is right up my alley and I love the versatility. My girls would love this on toast!

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    1. Marjory,
      Thanks--I'm so pleased with how it turned out.
      Our whole family enjoyed the salad, in assorted ways--but sourdough toast really rocks.

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  4. Looks wonderful; I'm craving shrimp lately (probably because I have none in the freezer!) and this is only adding to that crave.

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    1. Barb,
      It's always hard to crave stuff you don't have on hand! I wish I could train my brain to crave what I've got. Well, I suppose I have with my oatmeal cravings . . . Hmm. Something to ponder.
      Thanks!

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  5. How awesome that you were in the paper! That's really exciting. And it's no wonder, your recipes are always spot on - including this fantastic salad!

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    1. Kristy,
      Other than the needing to clean up--yeah, it was pretty cool.
      Thanks!

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  6. My loved one is my stomach and thus, will be thrilled to eat it both ways. Actually......I'm team your daughter. Why choose lettuce over bread? But then again olives....Okay. I'm split. I'd make them both ways.

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    1. Arman,
      That made me laugh. I hope you and your loved one have many happy meals together!
      Thanks!

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  7. Kirsten! Thank you for including me in your post - it made my day :)

    I LOVE shrimp with sauce: greek yogurt, cream, cheese, what have you. In fact, that's exactly what I had for lunch yesterday whilst out for a walk with the beau. Shrimp, prawns, etc... fill my brain all the time. It becomes almost like an obsession. In a good way. I love that you mixed in dill (goes so good with seafood) and lettuce. I always need more lettuce in my life.

    PS. Does not surprise me at all that your daughter would be kind, funny, hardworking, generous, or witty as all get out. After all, she has you for a mom.

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    1. Kristy,
      Aww, shucks.
      Thanks for putting 'spiced Greek yogurt' into my brain in the first place!

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  8. I feel like I need to bow down and quote Wayne's World: "I'm not worthy, I'm not worthy." Look at you getting in the paper. It's very well deserved, and I couldn't be more thrilled for you.

    Beautiful pictures. I'll eat whatever olives your daughter doesn't want. Of course, if you haven't already scarfed them down.

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    1. Meghan,
      Sorry, the olives are nearly gone. My spouse and I have been nipping away at the olive and feta salad with lemons and pepper from Costco. It's very craveable. That's apparently not a word.
      Thanks!

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