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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

Cold avocado soup

January 28, 2011 Leave a comment
Kylmä avocadokeitto

Cold avocado soup

We made this fresh soup from last weekend’s leftovers. It turned out just perfect!

Soup for two:

  • 4 avocados
  • 50 g natural fresh cheese
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • ½ l veggie broth
  • 1 lime (juice)
  • tabasco
  • white pepper
  • salt

Salsa:

  • 1 tomato
  • ½ onion (or shallot)
  • chervil / chives
  • black pepper
  • ½ (mild) chili
  • salt

This soup is so easy to make it’s almost embarrassing. Puré the avocado, fresh cheese, garlic cloves veggie broth and lime juice. Season with tabasco, white pepper and salt. Let it cool in the fridge before serving.

Salsa: Chop the tomato, onion and chili. Mix ans season with chervil (or chives), black pepper and salt.

Serve the soup with some salsa. You can make the soup a day before, the taste just gets better :)