Nothing beats an easy entrée salad for dinner on busy nights, especially when it’s one exploding with bold, almost beyond extreme, flavor! My 10-minute recipe for Snappy Blackened Shrimp Salad with Blue Cheese will take your taste buds on a welcomed wild ride, bite after bite. Just imagine succulent shrimp perfectly spiced up to be cooled down by the crunch of veggies doused in creamy, comforting blue cheese dressing. It’s like riding a roller coaster with you hands in the air – exhilarating!
Chunky Blue Cheese dressing from Litehouse Foods has long been a family favorite to use with peppered up burgers, Buffalo wings and other hot things – so it made sense to pair this so-thick-it-could-be-dip dressing with blackened shrimp. Preparing the shrimp is ridiculously low stress, especially relying on pre-cooked, tail-on shrimp from the freezer department of the market. After a quick thaw in water, toss shrimp with olive oil and Jamaican jerk seasoning and sauté for just a few minutes until the spices bloom.
After setting shrimp aside to cool for a few minutes, the salad is easy to plate or layer in individual jars or glass bowls. Washing and spinning dry lettuce is a chore you can forever eliminate from life thanks to the wide variety of washed and ready to eat salad blends from Fresh Express. I’m a huge fan of the Spring Mix with it’s tender, pretty assortment of baby lettuce leaves but the Italian blend with crisp Romaine lettuce and purple cabbage would suit those who crave extra crunch. Bright little Cherubs tomatoes from NatureSweet Tomatoes add a heavenly touch to this and any salad, bursting with bite-sized sweetness – and it’s hard to resist snacking on a few every time you open the fridge.
With dinner preparations taking up just 10 minutes of your precious day, there’s more time to relax and enjoy doing the things you love. It’s a win-win!