This is a tasty salad that I made with Number One Daughter for a brunch at her house on a hot day in Texas. We found similar recipes on line that suggested ginger dressing, which was too strong a flavor profile and created a confusing taste juxtaposition with the other more traditional brunch dishes served. Instead, we opted for mangoes and lemon to lighten it. Easy to make and very refreshing, this salad would also be good sprinkled with some sunflower seeds. Enjoy!
Serves 4-6 as a main dish, more as a side
1 head Boston lettuce or Romaine (about 4 C of lettuce)
12 oz fresh snap peas
1 lb raw shrimp (small size, but not mini salad size), peeled and deveined
4 green onions, diced
1/2 mango, diced
1/2 C finely sliced red, orange or yellow sweet peppers (1 inch matchsticks)
Tear or cut up lettuce into large pieces. Set aside. Heat 2 quarts water to boiling in large saucepan. Boil snap peas for 2 minutes, drain, then chill in ice water. Set aside to cool. In a separate saucepan heat more water to boiling and add shrimp. Boil for 1 minute or until done (don’t overcook). Drain shrimp and chill in separate ice bath. Set aside to cool.* When you are ready to compose salad, drain peas and shrimp, pat dry and toss all ingredients in a bowl. Best to compose right before serving so that the mango doesn’t water down the salad. Serve with Lemon Mango Creamy Vinaigrette (below) on the side.
Creamy Lemon Mango Vinaigrette
3 large lemons
2 T white wine vinegar
2 T diced cilantro
1/2 mango diced
1 t pureed garlic
2-3 T sugar to taste
1/4 C walnut oil
1/2 C light olive oil
salt to taste
Into a blender, put the zest of one whole lemon and the juice of three lemons (about 1/2 C of juice). Add vinegar, cilantro, mango, garlic and sugar. Blend completely. With blender running, slowly add the oils. Taste and add salt to your liking. Adjust with more lemon, vinegar, sugar or oil. I like my dressing very tangy in order to make an impact on the salad.
*Note on boiling peas and shrimp: I came across versions of this recipe that recommended boiling the snap peas for 2 minutes and then adding the shrimp for a final minute into the pot with the peas. A couple cautions about that: first, depending on the size of your shrimp, they may be underdone and cause you to then over boil your peas, resulting in limp peas. Second, the peas will become somewhat shrimpy tasting. You may want this. I prefer to keep the flavors distinct, so the extra work of boiling 2 separate pots was worth it.