Summertime is certainly the season to enjoy days spent out at the pool or down at the beach. You can spend hours at parks or taking a bike ride. All the activity spent out in the hot sun can definitely work up an appetite. Thankfully, food cooked or prepared this season is light and refreshing. There is mouthwatering watermelon, pineapple, and mangos, or you can savor is crisp salads. Of course, you cannot forget succulent bites of seafood. Are you looking for some new recipes to try this summer? Brighten up your summer dinners with with this easy seafood salad recipe from Taste of Home.
This salad has incredible ingredients full of delightful flavor. There is plenty of sharp tartness in this salad thanks to the inclusion of these zestful citrus fruits:
- 1 medium orange
- 1 medium lemon
- 1 medium lime
Of course, you cannot enjoy a seafood salad without seafood. For this particular recipe, Taste of Home calls for:
- 1/2 pound of cooked shrimp
- 1/2 pound crabmeat
The shrimp does need to be peeled and deveined. For the crabmeat, you can opt to use imitation or refrigerated fresh crabmeat. You need to roughly chop both the shrimp and crabmeat.
Now, if you thought this seafood salad was similar to crab salad or tuna salad, then you would be mistaken. There is actual salad with lettuce. For the salad, you will need:
- 2 tablespoons finely chopped sweet onion
- 2 tablespoons finely chopped sweet red pepper
- Shredded lettuce
Of course, salads are delish and fresh, but sometimes you need a little extra. That is why Taste of Home suggests that you also have some assorted crackers.
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Preparing the Salad
The really is not much cooking that needs to be done for this salad. While you can purchase cooked shrimp, you can always cook shrimp for this dish. You could prepare your shrimp by grilling it. You will have to take some time chopping the onions and peppers. The recipe calls for sweet onions and red peppers, but of course you could substitute for red onion. You could also use sweet yellow or orange peppers rather than the red if that is what your prefer. You can also shred your own lettuce, but you may use a bag of lettuce when you are in a pinch. The recipe does not specify, but you can use either iceberg or Romaine lettuce.
As you looked at the list of ingredients, you may wonder where the dressing is. The dressing and flavor of this salad all comes from the citrus. You will first grate the zest from the orange. Next, cut the orange in half and squeeze the juice from the orange. You will place the juice and zest in a large bowl. Perform the same steps for with the lime and lemon. Place the shrimp, crabmeat, chopped peppers, and diced onion all in the bowl with the citrus juice. Toss everything so that the ingredients are coated in the citrus juice. You will place the seafood medley of a bed of the shredded lettuce. You may serve the seafood salad with your favorite type of cracker.
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