Shrimp Salad and Ambrosia Salad

Yesterday was the first day of summer! It shouldn’t surprise anyone that means a change in our food habits (clearly, Winter Isn’t Coming). And during the warmer months, when the kitchen begins to seem like a furnace, people start talking about “summer salads” and “light” dishes. As if you can’t slurp stew all year round! Well, in case you’re sick of the same green lettuce salads that tend to get a lot of play at this time of year we’ve got you covered! Luckily, inspired by our mothers, we’re cooking up some alternatives for you to seeming endless amounts of the same baby spinach and mushroom salad.

Eastern Market’s Shrimp Salad

First, a couple weeks back Stacy took her mother out to their beloved Eastern Market and returned with a plastic container of liquid. The story goes that Carol (Stacy’s mom) had purchased a container of a salad with fresh bursts of flavor, plump shrimp and an amazingly light and creamy herbed sauce.

Eastern Market Shrimp Salad by PaleoParents

But, I wouldn’t know. Because Stacy arrived home, handed me the empty container with mere drops of sauce and said “This used to have shrimps in it. Make it!” With that challenge in mind, I made my best and most delicious attempt at a shrimp salad!

Shrimp Salad by PaleoParents

 

Eastern Market

Ingredients

  • 1lb. shrimp (we used 21-30 shrimp), peeled and de-veined, wild-caught preferred
  • 2 Tbsp lard*
  • 1/4 C mayonnaise
  • 1 Tbsp honey (raw preferred)
  • Juice and zest of 1/2 lemon
  • 2 Tbsp fresh Italian parsley
  • 2 tsp chopped chives
  • 1 tsp garlic powder (or 1/2 Tbsp freshly chopped if you are a garlic fiend)
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper

Instructions

  1. Melt lard in large skillet over medium heat. Cook shrimp in the lard until pink all the way through, about 2-3 minutes per side, until just turned a vibrant pink color - you still want them tender on the inside. Or, have your fish monger steam them for you!
  2. Meanwhile, combine the rest of the ingredients in a small bowl.
  3. Add shimp and toss to combine.
  4. Serve over a bed of lettuce or perhaps inside an infamous Against All Grain Tortilla.

Notes

*We didn't want you to die of shock from having a recipe post void of anything pig related. Rest assured, we're still committed to the over-marketing of Beyond Bacon and found a way to get an ingredient in! Of course, coconut oil or butter would work too.

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Ambrosia Salad

Abrosia Salad by PaleoParents

Next, my mother used to make a fruit salad she called “Five Cup Salad” because it contained only five ingredients (oranges, grapes, pineapple, sour cream, marshmallows). Now that I’m grown up, people tell me that this is called “Ambrosia Salad” and can contain any number of ingredients. With that in mind, I went to work on inventing the paleo-fied version of this dish I could. It’s not an everyday food, but the family was thrilled when we served this for a party!

Ambrosia Salad Ingredients by PaleoParents

 

Ambrosia Salad

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl (we doubled the recipe for a large crowd). Fresh grapes would be a great addition if you like them!
  2. The marshmallows will melt a little bit into the liquid of the salad, which will thicken the sauce a bit. We recommend adding a few fresh marshmallows and diced cherries to the top before serving. Serve chilled.
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Ambrosia Salad

Ingredients

 

Hope you’ll enjoy your next summer barbecue with our help!

 

 

About Matthew

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Matt is the husband of Stacy and somehow manages to contribute to this blog in between taking care of three children, producing the Paleo View Podcast and cooking most of the food featured here.

  • Danielle

    Thanks for the link guys!

  • http://www.sharpmoments.blogspot.com/ Tracy S

    I just made the shrimp salad for a cook out tomorrow. I have good news and bad news.
    Good news: It’s delicious. It’s blowing my mind.
    Bad news: I don’t want to share. I think I’ll just take a tossed salad for everyone else. It’s mine, all mine!!!

  • http://www.changeofpaceforme.com/ Kristen

    Oh my gosh! So summery! The ambrosia salad brings back childhood memories :)

  • Tina

    Cannot wait to make both of these they look sooooo yummy.

  • Jessica

    I’ve been playing around with different (paleo) versions of Ambrosia because it’s my favorite FAVORITE summertime dessert. This looks amazing!!!

  • Jen

    We have called in love with this shrimp salad and have started to make it with different modifications. Last night I used cilantro instead of parsley. I also added ginger powder and wasabi powder. Wow amazing combination, I just had to share.

    • http://PaleoParents.com Stacy & Matt

      Sounds great! Glad you enjoy it!