Warm Peppered Coconut Shrimp Salad with Grapefruit Reduction

Winning paleo-culinary experiment tonight.  In a restaurant, it’d probably be enough for three “servings” at $8-$12 each but it’s dinner for one in my home and didn’t cost anywhere near that much or require a tip.

Ingredients:

  • 2 quarts organic mixed greens/baby spinach (yes, I measure my greens by qt instead of by c)
  • 1 serving WILD CAUGHT shrimp, thawed if frozen (don’t mess with farm raised)
  • 3 grapefruit segments
  • 1 teaspoon organic coconut oil
  • 2 cranks of rainbow pepper grinder

Directions:

  1. Wash greens in a large mixing bowl, drain, and set aside.
  2. Peel skin and “juice” the grapefruit wedges into small saucepan and simmer at medium heat.  I used my fingers keeping the pulp in the sauce…extra fiber.
  3. Add pepper.
  4. Shell, tail, and slice shrimp into bite sized pieces.
  5. Once grapefruit juice is simmering, add coconut oil and shrimp (both will add additional fluid).
  6. Bring dressing back to a simmer and reduce to thick-ish consistency – you don’t want too much of it puddling at the bottom of your mixing bowl but you don’t want it so thick/dry that it doesn’t cover the whole 2 quarts of greens.
  7. Once dressing has been reduced to desired consistency, drain greens again (water gathers at the bottom of the bowl once you’ve let it sit for a few minutes) and pour entire reduction dressing onto greens and toss/mix thoroughly.
  8. Serve (or just enjoy from the large bowl like I did).

It started heavy on the shrimp flavor and took a little while for the sauce as Rx’d ;o) to build but by the end of the whole salad, the mix of flavors was great.  Next time I’ll probably add one or two more cranks of the pepper mill and two or three more grapefruit wedges for a thicker, more punchy dressing.

You may want to experiment with the shrimp in various stages of cooked-ness as pre-cooked shrimp may absorb more of the flavor of the reduction.

Other good candidates for additional fat content: walnuts, avocado slices, etc…

Totally enjoyable dinner, quite satisfying, well-balanced, and completely free of refined sugars, dairy, and grains.  Perfect!

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