Shrimp Salad With Blood Orange Chipotle Vinaigrette

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Shrimp Salad With Blood Orange Chipotle Vinaigrette

Prep Time: minutes
Cook Time: minutes
Yields: people
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Ingredients

  • For Vinaigrette
  • 2 blood oranges juiced (1/4-1/3 cup)
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons agave nectar or honey
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 chipotle in adobo; seeded and minced
  • 1 tablespoon adobo sauce from chipotles
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano crushed
  • 1/2 teaspoon Fresh cracked pepper
  • kosher salt or sea salt; to taste
  • For Salad
  • 1 small head red leaf lettuce
  • 1 small head romaine lettuce
  • 1 English cucumber medium-sized; sliced
  • 1 cup grape tomatoes or cherry tomatoes; sliced in half
  • 1 cup bell pepper sliced into strips
  • 1/2 red onion small; sliced thin
  • 1 avocado sliced
  • 2 blood oranges peeled and sliced into sections
  • chile pepper fresno or jalapeño; sliced
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Smoky and zesty blood orange chipotle vinaigrette over fresh greens, vegetables and some spicy shrimp. The best specialty salad prepared in your own kitchen.

Preparing a specialty salad at home like you get at the restaurant is easy. A spicy shrimp salad is one of my favorites when we go out. Taking advantage of the fruit that is in season, I used some blood oranges today. This is one of my favorite vinaigrette recipes for any salad. Pair your favorite fresh vegetables with lettuce, homemade vinaigrette and this easy Cajun-seasoned shrimp recipe.  If you can't find blood oranges for your shrimp salad, you could also try some mandarins or tangerines. For the price of two restaurant specialty salads, you could prepare four at home.

Directions

  1. In a glass jar with a tight fitting lid, add all of the ingredients for the vinaigrette. Shake vigorously until well blended. Taste for salt. Set aside.In a glass jar with a tight fitting lid, add all of the ingredients for the vinaigrette. Shake vigorously until well blended. Taste for salt. Set aside.
  2. Prep all of the salad ingredients and toss together, minus the avocado and blood orange sections.
  3. Preheat 2-3 tablespoons of oil to medium heat in a cast iron skillet or teflon skillet for 2-3 minutes. Season the shrimp on both sides with cajun seasoning and fresh cracked pepper. Drizzle with oil and toss to coat evenly.
  4. When skillet is hot, add the shrimp and spread out evenly. Cook for 5-6 minutes, turning halfway through cooking time. Remove shrimp from pan and squeeze on some fresh lime juice.
  5. Divide the salad into 4 large bowls. Divide the shrimp evenly. Add avocado, fresh chile pepper and blood orange sections. Dress with with vinaigrette. Divide the salad into 4 large bowls. Divide the shrimp evenly. Add avocado, fresh chile pepper and blood orange sections. Dress with with vinaigrette.

Chef Notes


Homemade dressing or vinaigrette is tasty. Homemade dressing and vinaigrette prepared a few days ahead is outstanding! The flavors will just intensify! Take the time to plan ahead and prepare a few recipes for vinaigrette and let them sit for a couple of days before using them.

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