Welcome to 2017! Wooohoooo!!!! We’ve got 365 blank pages and 12 chapters to fill! How are you going to fill your book this year?!!
This year I’m all about goals, positivity, and JOY! I have some really BIG things planned and I hope you’ll join me on the journey and share with your friends, because it’s going to be a LOT of fun here at my Nest!!! I don’t care where you are on this path of “nesting” we are all in it together, young, old, single, married, working woman, first time mom, empty nester, or grandma. We are going to step up, ROCK it, and live a life full of purpose! We can do anything we want to do! Let’s write an AMAZING book this year!
I’m kicking 2017 off with this delicious Shrimp Taco Salad! My own personal creation and one I’m pretty dang proud of! I’m sure we all have specific goals for this new year. I’m also sure being healthier is towards the top of all of our lists! We have to feel good to do anything in life! Now let me be clear here regarding “healthy dishes”. In my “book” if it contains any form of vegetable or fruit it’s healthy! lol There’s green in this dish so that makes it a healthy dish right? (I think I read that some where!)
During the Holidays I had a fun Mexican dinner party with friends. About an hour before the party started I decided I had to have some form of “salad” (insert my need for one “healthy” item…although there was guacamole on the table!) Keep in mind I’m a country girl and “drivin’ ta town” was not in my time frame. So my brain started thinking about what I had on hand. I realized I had all the “fixin’s” for Shrimp Taco’s…what if I just turned it all into a salad? The more I thought about it, (we’re talking 3 minutes tops here people…my attention span isn’t that in-depth!), the more excited I got. I’ll be honest, it’s always a little scary coming up with a last-minute menu item and hoping that it will turn out how you envision it. Thankfully, from the empty plate, I think I nailed it!
Let’s start with those shrimp! You will want 1/2 pound of large raw shrimp (31-40 count) tail on. Thaw and rinse your shrimp. Remove the tail. Cut into bite size pieces. 2-3 cuts per shrimp. Place shrimp in a large zip lock bag. Add 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil, juice from half a lime, 1/4 tsp cumin, 1/4 tsp chili powder, 1/8 tsp onion salt, one minced clove garlic, dash coarse black pepper and dash of cayenne pepper. Allow to marinate at least 30 minutes to 4 hours.
For the dressing, in a separate bowl, mini food processor, or blender mix together sour cream, chopped cilantro, juice of one lime, spices and 1/2 a ripe avocado. Blend till smooth.
The key to this salad is to have everything prepared ahead of time. With that in mind have one avocado diced, lime wedges sliced, green onions thinly chopped, and chopped cilantro ready and on hand. Also, place a bed of thinly sliced cabbage on a serving platter. In addition you’ll want to have your corn “crunchies” ready to go! (My kids named them “crunchies” and it is now a cooking term in this Nest!)
To make my “crunchies” you’ll need 6-8 white corn tortillas. Slice them thin and then fry time in a small skillet in about 1/2 inch of hot vegetable oil, drain on a paper towel and sprinkle with salt. If you don’t want to do that you can buy them in the salad section with all the salad toppings. (I got ya covered!)
With all your “toppings” ready its time to pull it all together. Start by heating a medium skillet over medium high heat. Dump the entire contents of the shrimp and marinade into your hot skillet. See the sizzle…the secret to cooking shrimp… hot and fast! Stirring constantly. It doesn’t take very long too thoroughly cook shrimp. You do NOT want to overcook shrimp because it will become tough and rubbery! (Insert icky face! eweeeee!)
The shrimp is done when nice and pink and it’s no longer translucent. Once your shrimp looks like the photo below you are going to pour the entire contents of your pan over the thinly sliced cabbage on your serving platter. All of it! Including all that wonderful flavored juice!
Top with chopped avocado, sprinkle with thinly grated monterey jack cheese, chopped cilantro, and thinly sliced green onion. Drizzle with the dressing, top with the corn tortilla crunchies, and lime wedges, arranged around the salad.
Like I mentioned, I was a little nervous if this salad would even be good since I had never given it a trial run before serving. (By the way…not something I recommend unless you are really sure of your recipe and flavor combinations.) Thankfully it was a huge hit! My guest loved it and even had seconds! (A sure sign you’ve hit recipe gold!)
I can’t wait to make this again! I realize it’s topped with all those yummy crunchy fried corn chips, which may take away from the “healthy” side of the dish, but it’s such a light refreshing salad! Can we just pardon the “crunchies”? This salad is perfect for lunch or dinner. The cabbage soaked in the juices from the marinade and topped with all that luscious shrimp is soooo good! Add in the zesty creamy avocado lime dressing and you pretty much have a flavor party going on in your mouth!
I’m sharing this recipe on Meal Plan Monday. You can find it by clicking right here. Great place to find all kinds of yummy recipes to help you plan for your week.
You know you want this? I know! I do too! I think we’ve established my “foodie” status. I have a yummy fun year planned here at my Nest! I sure hope you’ll join me. I’ve got so many wonderful recipes ready to share and more coming every day. Being in the kitchen is my happy place! Next to being here writing and sharing with all of you!
One of the things I love is to hear from you! Anything at all! You don’t have to ask questions or comment on the recipe. I just love interacting with you and making new friends! Please know I’m always checking my email too! You can either comment on the post page or go to the “contact” me page.
In case you don’t follow me on Instagram or Facebook, which you should…lol, I shared with everyone yesterday that Grand baby #2 is on his or her way?!!! We are so excited! Means I’m going to have to get over my fear of flying… or use lots of drugs because Virginia is a long way from Utah! Guess I’m finally going to fulfill that bucket list dream of the New England states in the Fall!
Have a Fantastic day! Go write a GREAT page in that book of life! Hugs and Love from my Nest to Yours!