Monday, May 30, 2011

3 Pepper Salad with Shrimp

This recipe was influenced by one of my favorite bloggers, Jenna from Eat,Live,Run. I used her shrimp taco recipe for inspiration and made a salad with three different varieties of peppers, avocado, and corn, along with other delicious and fresh ingredients. The peppers I used ranged from sweet to hot and spicy, and the variety gave the salad a lot of bright colors.

It was really simple to make. First, I chopped up the cilantro, tomato, peppers, and avocado and put them into a bowl of spinach. To cut the avocado into chunks I used a technique my friend Sandra always uses : cut the avocado in half the long way, pull it apart, cut into it a few times horizonally and vertically, and then flip the peel inside out and use your fingers or a spoon to release the chunks you have made. This is a good technique to give the pieces and even size and to help them keep their shape - because sometimes avocado can get pretty slimy and messy (mmmm guacamole !!).

I used frozen shrimp so I defrosted them under warm running water, pulled off the tails and threw them in with the rest of the chopped ingredients. While they were defrosting, I boiled some water and cooked an ear of corn in it for 5 minutes, then cut it off of the cob and combined it into the salad. The final touch was roughly 3 tablespoons of lime juice.

This salad was sooo good ! So many colors, textures, and flavors - it was completely satisfying and still super healthy. My favorite was the contrast between the sweet corn and the spicy pepperocini. I will definitely be making this again, and next time I will put in more of the spicy pepper !

Ingredients :

2 cups of spinach

1 fist sized bunch of cilantro

1/2 yellow bell pepper

1/2 poblano pepper

1/4 spicy pepperocini pepper (I was afraid to over do it with the heat, but next time I will definitely use 1/2 of the pepper)

1 black avocado

1 medium sized vine tomato

1 cup of frozen shrimp

1 ear of fresh sweet corn on the cob

3 tablespoons of lime juice

Frist Post !! Weee !

Yay ! So this is something I've been thinking about starting for a while. I love design, cooking, fashion etc... so now I'm finally starting a blog to document inspirations, projects I'm working on, and just to share and value simplicity in everyday life. I'm starting now, while I'm at home in Westborough, Massachusetts just to get in the habit, but in 6 weeks I'm moving to Copenhagen, Denmark ! This blog will be my way of staying connected to friends and family back in the United States, and to let everyone know what I'm up to. Let's see what happens...