Are you ready for a salad packed with a medley of crisp, fresh vegetables and succulent shrimp? I bring you this Mediterranean Shrimp Salad - loaded with juicy shrimp, olives, fresh veggies, and is topped with feta cheese and a beautiful lemony dressing to bring you tons of Mediterranean flavors in a bowl!
This delicious salad is one that you'll want to bookmark and save forever. It's easy, quick, and SO. SO. good.
My take on Mediterranean salad is an homage to the aromatic herbs and fresh veggies that define the region's cuisine. It's a mix of cucumbers, tomatoes, bell peppers, avocado, artichokes, and radishes (to name a few) - and of course - pan seared juicy shrimp! The salad is then crowned with crumbled feta cheese, sun dried tomatoes, and an easy lemon vinaigrette that unifies the flavors and textures into a masterpiece!
This dish is ideal for meal prep, a light lunch, or easy dinners on hot summer days! It's also great to make for a last minute dish when you're in a hurry because it only takes about 20 minutes to make!
First, cook the shrimp. Pat the shrimp dry and season shrimp with garlic powder, onion powder, garlic salt, oregano, and parsley. (Note: If using frozen shrimp, allow it to thaw in cold water or about 20-30 minutes prior to cooking.)
Add a little olive oil to a skillet over medium heat and warm. Add shrimp and saute on both sides or about 3-4 minutes. When the shrimp is slightly curled and pink, remove from the pan and set aside to cool.
Make the lemony vinaigrette. Combine extra virgin olive oil, lemon juice, fresh herbs, diced garlic, honey, and salt and pepper to taste.
In a large bowl, combine drained chickpeas, sliced red onions, cucumbers, marinated artichoke hearts, radishes, green olives, black olives, roasted red bell pepper, avocado, cherry tomatoes, and shrimp. Top with eta, sun-dried tomatoes, and fresh chopped parsley.
Drizzle vinaigrette on top and enjoy! Serve with crusty bread for light dinners or an incredible side dish!
While the exact ingredients can vary, here are some common components you might find in a Mediterranean salad are olives, tomatoes, cucumbers, bell peppers, red onions, and radishes. Many salads also contain a protein and a grain or pasta like orzo or couscous.
Yes, shrimp can be a good choice when following a Mediterranean diet. The Mediterranean diet emphasizes whole foods, lean proteins, and healthy fats, which align well with the nutritional profile of shrimp.
Shrimp is a delicate seafood that cooks relatively quickly. The cooking method you choose depends on the dish you're preparing and the texture you're aiming for. Both fast and slow cooking methods can be effective, but they yield different results. fast cooking methods like sauteing and grilling give the shrimp a nice sear and a crunchy exterior and soft interior. Slow cooking method like baking and poaching result in a soft and tender shrimp.
It's generally not necessary to rinse shrimp after thawing, especially if you've thawed them properly in the refrigerator. Rinsing shrimp after thawing can actually increase the risk of cross-contamination and may not provide any significant benefits. Simply pat the shrimp dry prior to seasoning and that will suffice.
This blog post and recipe was made in partnership with California Grown and CA Ripe Olives. I received compensation in exchange for this work. My opinions on their products are genuine. Thanks for your continued support!
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