Living in Italian: Spicy Shrimp & Grapefruit Salad

March 12, 2018

Salads don't have to be boring! Fiorella shows you how to whip up a fantastic salad with notes of sweet, tart, spicy, and salty. You can recreate this healthy and delicious shrimp salad in no time!

Seafood is a staple in southern Italian cuisine, known as Frutti di Mare, or "fruits of the sea." You can find busy, fresh fish markets that have been stocked that morning by the local fishermen- anything from shrimp, octopus, swordfish, sepia and shellfish- they are fresh and in abundance. Seafood are are lean protein sources, simply grilled, drizzled with extra virgin olive oil and served with crusty bread or frisselle! In this dish you can substitute seafood of your choice. 

Citrus trees are the jewels of the Amalfi Coast. Giant lemons, bergamot oranges and the gorgeous colors of the blood orange are widely used in Southern Italy. From perfumes to iced granita from Capri, to garnishes on seafood dishes- citrus not only offers aromatics but a punch of Vitamin C and power to absorb more iron from iron rich foods! In this recipe, you can replace grapefruit with any of these citrus. 

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 bag Shrimp 

  • Old Bay Seasoning

  • 1 bag Baby spinach 

  • 2 Red Grapefruit, sectioned 

  • 1 Red onion, chopped

  • Sea salt 

  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil

  • 2 Avocados, chopped

  • Salt and pepper 

     

Preparation:

  • Season shrimp in olive oil and old bay seasoning in a plastic bag and let marinate for 2-3 hours

  • Once shrimp are fully soaked in the seasonings, set shrimp on a heated cast iron skillet to cook on each side for about 1 minute

  • In the meantime, start assembling salad. In serving dish, place your bed of spinach. Then add onion, grapefruit, and avocado.

  • Drizzle olive oil, extra grapefruit juice (from sectioning grapefruit segments), and dash of sea salt and pepper onto salad.

  • Top salad with cooked shrimp

  • Serve immediately or chill until ready to enjoy! 

     

Nutrition RX:

  • Grapefruit: are loaded with vitamin C, which is excellent to keep the immune system strong and healthy, especially during flu season! The vitamin C will also help your body absorb the non-heme iron from the spinach.  Grapefruits are also 91% water, which means they are a great way to stay hydrated.

  • Shrimp: are packed with protein which helps to boost energy levels and contain an antioxidant called astaxanthin, which can greatly reduce signs of aging.

  • Avocado:  is a rich source of omega-3 fatty acids, which greatly helps to minimize bad cholesterol (LDL) and improve the good cholesterol (HDL). The healthy moisturizing effects of this fat prevents premature aging and promotes glowing skin 

 

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