Simple Salad Recipe: Shrimp Salad with Grilled Veggies

Are you the kind of cook who hates sticking to a recipe? Then this recipe is for you! Not only is this one of my most favourite salads of all time, but it is the kind of salad that thrives upon surprise ingredients and using up leftover veggies!

I think this is a great opportunity to talk to you about the humble lettuce leaf. It’s not just water, it’s also packed with minerals, digestive enzymes, soluble fibre, folate and the darker leaves have more antioxidants like beta-carotene.

Top that green goodness with a slightly spicy shrimp and you’re looking at a win- win meal!

NUTRIENT SNAPSHOT OF LETTUCE

– Lettuce contains natural sedative properties and the dark, bitter lettuces contain lactucarium, which can relax nerves, reduce palpitations, and induce sleep.
– Lettuce is also a digestive aid and diuretic because it contains fibre and can help sooth pain from gas build up. Its water content also helps to flush out toxins from the body.
– Lettuce has also been known to help heal hemorrhoids due to its astringent nature

LETTUCE SHOPPING TIPS

– Choose large leaves because they are richer in essential nutrients like chlorophyll and vitamin c.
– Choose an array of lettuce colours as this will enhance your intake of phytonutrients.
– It’s important to choose fresh leaves or “living” lettuce that is not pre-washed to get the most nutrients out of your salads.

SHRIMP SALAD WITH GRILLED VEGGIES
Follow the recipe below or use up whatever leftover veggies you have on hand.
Makes approx 4 servings
Time: About 45 minutes

INGREDIENTS

1/2 cup Parsley (chopped and packed)
3 Lime (juiced)
1/4 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 1/2 tsp Chili Powder
2 lbs Shrimp (raw, peeled and de-veined)
4 cups Romaine lettuce (chopped)
2 cups Carrots (julienne or sliced)
1 Red Bell Pepper (sliced)
1 Yellow Bell Pepper (sliced)
2 cups Asparagus (chopped)
1/2 cup Red Onion (sliced into chunks)
2 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil

DIRECTIONS
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
2. Make the dressing by combining parsley, lime juice, olive oil and chili powder in a food processor and process until smooth.
3. Place shrimp in a zip lock bag with 1/2 the dressing to marinade.
4. Place the marinated shrimp, bell peppers, carrots, asparagus and red onion on the sheet pan. Drizzle the vegetables with olive oil. Sprinkle everything with salt and pepper to taste.
5. Place in the oven and bake for 30 minutes
6. Once cooked place on a bed of lettuce and enjoy!

BONUS TIP

Make an evening tea with – you guessed it, lettuce! You can brew lettuce leaves for an evening tea to use as a night time sedative. Just simmer 3-4 large, deeply coloured lettuce leaves with 1 or 2 mint leaves in 1 ¼ cups of water for 15 minutes. Strain the lettuce and drink.

Shrimp Salad with Grilled Veggies
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Serves: 4
 
Ingredients
  • ½ cup Parsley (chopped and packed)
  • 3 Lime (juiced)
  • ¼ cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1½ tsp Chili Powder
  • 2 lbs Shrimp (raw, peeled and de-veined)
  • 4 cups Romaine lettuce (chopped)
  • 2 cups Carrots (julienne or sliced)
  • 1 Red Bell Pepper (sliced)
  • 1 Yellow Bell Pepper (sliced)
  • 2 cups Asparagus (chopped)
  • ½ cup Red Onion (sliced into chunks)
  • 2 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Make the dressing by combining parsley, lime juice, olive oil and chili powder in a food processor and process until smooth.
  3. Place shrimp in a zip lock bag with ½ the dressing to marinade.
  4. Place the marinated shrimp, bell peppers, carrots, asparagus and red onion on the sheet pan. Drizzle the vegetables with olive oil. Sprinkle everything with salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Place in the oven and bake for 30 minutes
  6. Once cooked place on a bed of lettuce and enjoy!

 

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14 hours ago

Tracy Houle Nutrition
Nothing like a simple dinner with minimal ingredients and fresh flavours!

Trying to extend my trip with the flavours of Italy! 🤷🏻‍♀️😉🇮🇹

#foodie #simplerecipes #fresh #cutlets #lemon #foodmadegood #healthyfoodmadeeasy #dinner #paleo #digestionsupport #basil #ontherun #fastfood #healthy

Nothing like a simple dinner with minimal ingredients and fresh flavours!

Trying to extend my trip with the flavours of Italy! 🤷🏻‍♀️😉🇮🇹

#foodie #simplerecipes #fresh #cutlets #lemon #foodmadegood #healthyfoodmadeeasy #dinner #paleo #digestionsupport #basil #ontherun #fastfood #healthy
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Looks delicious 😋!

2 days ago

Tracy Houle Nutrition

Well, that’s a wrap!! Our Italian family adventure has come to an end! The kids are totally bummed 🙁 out that it’s over and I’m elated that they had such a wonderful time and now miss Italy - like I always do. 🇮🇹 🙂

From the southern most point of the heel, all the way up the coast to the beautiful gargano park that is the spur, to the bustling beach side city of Pescara - and a bunch of stops along the way; Veni Vidi Vici! 😉

Here are just a few notes if you decide to venture into the beautiful country that is Italy:

1. If you venture out of the major tourist areas, expect a slower pace of life and stores to be closed in the middle of the day.

2. Don’t expect a grande latte of any sort, it’s espresso after noon only!

3. If you don’t like fish, get over it - you’ll be missing out. The fish in most parts is literally plucked from the sea within days of eating it, you won’t regret it!

4. Italians might be slow paced but you can’t tell from the driving. For some reason they seem like they are in a hurry to get stuff done when they’re on the road. 🚗

5. Bring money for shopping and make sure you have at least 10 pounds to spare in your luggage when you pack for your trip! Can’t even tell you how many shoes were bought for this family!! 👟😆 Luckily I thought ahead! 😊

6. Italians still don’t believe in queuing up, so if you see what should be a line-up but is just a mash up of people and confusion - try and have a sense of humor about it! No sense in getting frustrated about a different way of life on your vacay! But don’t be shy about telling them to get behind you! I did and they did! 😉😆

That’s it! I’m off to plan next years trip. 😉😆🇮🇹

#vacation #italy #familytrip #salento #vacaymode #rome #pescara #food #lecce #familyadventure #beachlife #heartinitaly #summer2019 #foodie #familylife #pizza #pasta #icecream @ Basilica Santa Maria Maggiore Abitazione Parroco
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Beautiful pictures! It looks like an unforgettable time with great memories! So glad you all had a great time!

Beautiful pictures Tracy - and you pretty much summed up Italy the way I remember it 😉

6 days ago

Tracy Houle Nutrition

When folks travel to Italy the one thing you’ll alway hear about is how delicious the food is, or how foods that are not tolerated well in North America feel fine in Italy!

This trip has been no exception!

Food is still extremely valued and Italians don’t mess around with quality and freshness.

Everything we’ve eaten feels like it was picked fresh today. We’ve even eaten chicken from my husbands great-aunts backyard. (Not caught yesterday 😉)

The last picture is a huge rosemary bush that has the most beautiful aroma! 🌱

#chickencoup #tomatoes #eggplant #pomegranate #figtree #rosemary #gardenlife #growyourfood #quality #over #quantity #fresh #italylife @ Manoppello, Italy
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