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American shrimp salad

April 24, 2011 Leave a comment
Amerikkalainen salaatti avocadosta, katkaravuista ja greipistä

American shrimp salad

My mother has been making this salad for years. She’s found the original recipe in a Finnish cook book by Aura Liimatainen and the book’s called Parasta kotiruokaa (the best home made dishes). The recipe’s called American shrimp salad but I don’t think the name does this salad justice. It’s a fresh salad with some unexpected taste combinations and one day I’ll come up with a decent name for it :)

We made this salad again a couple of weeks ago when we were on a family holiday in the Finnish Lapland. This is such an easy salad to make and great as a starter, great looking dish for a party and also low carb with some good fats from the avocado. The salad is served with a strawberry sauce with no added sugar. This sauce really brings the salad to life and is a nice, colorful splash on the salad.

Salad

  • 150 g frozen shrimp
  • 1 grapefruit
  • 2 avocados
  • 1 ball of iceberg lettuce
Strawberry sauce
  • 3 dl strawberries
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • a touch of salt and black pepper
Preparation
  1. Melt and drain the shrimp in a sieve. Peel the grapefruit and remove the film of the fruit flesh. This way the grapefruit will taste better and it’s a lot easier to eat and looks nicer.
  2. Cut the avocados in half and remove the stones. Use a teaspoon to remove the fruit flesh from the shells. Slice the avocados or cut them in cubes.
  3. Slice the salad and spread evenly on a shallow serving dish.  Add the shrimp, grapefruit and avocado on top of the salad in separate sections.
  4. Mix the sauce ingredients and use a blender to create an even sauce. Serve the sauce from a separate serving dish.
Valmis salaattiannos

Ready salad

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Strawberry, Mozzarella & Basil

February 20, 2011 10 comments
Mansikka-mozzarella-basilika

Strawberry, Mozzarella & Basil

I can’t wait for it to be summer again! This wonderful starter is so fresh and delicious and yet so easy to make. Also, even though it’s easy to make and has few ingredients, it really looks festive and like proper gourmet. Tastes like it too! So here’s a beautiful, healthy starter for the sunny days:

Ingredients (for 4):

  • 20 Fresh strawberries (ca. 5 per person)
  • 1 bundle of Fresh basil (let’s say ca. 10 leaves per person.. one bundle will do for 2-4 people)
  • 2 balls of Mozzarella (approximately half a mozzarella ball per person)
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Black pepper
  • Salt
  • Chili

Preparation

  1. Begin by setting a couple of basil leaves on the plates. Add a slice of mozzarella on top of the leaves – it’s good to use the largest slices at the bottom.Then add a few slices of strawberry on top of the mozzarella slice. Now sprinkle a few drops of extra virgin olive oil or chili oil, grind a little bit of black pepper and a touch of chili powder and salt. You’re done with the first layer.
  2. Now start repeating the layers. Add a few basil leaves, then a mozzarella slice, then a couple of slices of strawberry. Season as on the first layer. Continue adding more layers until you’ve used half a ball of mozzarella for each portion. For the top layer, use strawberries and a couple of pretty basil leaves. You can also garnish the portion with chopped basil leaves and sprinkle them on the sides of the plate.

You can serve this dish with some good quality balsamic vinegar – it goes well with the strawberries and basil and gives a bit of an edge to the taste combo.

Enjoy!

Photo © Kalle Laine

Crayfish salad

February 16, 2011 Leave a comment
Jokirapusalaatti

Crayfish salad

This crayfish salad is easy to make even though it contains quite a long list of ingredients. It’s a nice, healthy and beautiful dish to serve any time!

Ingredients (serves 4):

  • 250g Romanesco cauliflower (I just love how this veggie looks!)
  • 250 g Broccoli
  • 100 g Kidney beans (you can use more if you like)
  • salt
  • 4 mini pineapples (I bought regular sized pineapples. It all depends on how big portions you’d like to make. Mine was a lunch size)
  • 2 Oranges
  • 4 Mandarins
  • 150 g Celery
  • ½ bundle of fresh dragon
  • ½ bundle of dill
  • 1,25 dl olive oil
  • Juice of 0,5-1 lemon
  • 400 g crayfish
  • Black pepper
  • Worchestershire sauce

Preparation

  1. Clean and wash the broccoli and romanesco. Separate inflorescences. Clean and was the kidney beans and cut them in short pieces. Boil the vegetables in salted water for approximately 3 minutes. Rinse with cold water and strain.
  2. Slice off the “hats” of the pineapples and scrape the contents out. Peel the oranges and the mandarins. If you have time and energy – the salad is even better if you only use the pulp from the oranges and mandarins as fruit files of a sort. If you don’t feel like going through all the trouble, don’t worry – the salad will still taste gerat if you just dice the fruit.
  3. Clean and wash the celery, then cut it into small pieces. Mix the fruit, celery, romanesco and broccoli.
  4. Wash and dry the herbs, finely chop them and mix with lemon juice and olive oil. Add the crayfish into the salad. Season with salt, pepper and Worchestershire sauce. You can also add the lemon-oil-herb dressing or serve it separately.
  5. You can use the pineapple “hats” for decoration.

Photo @ Hanna Stolt

Original recipe from a book (a Finnish translation) called “Salaatteja” (Salads)