Avocado and Shrimp Chopped Salad

The past few years, I haven’t really watched the Super Bowl.  While I am not that big of a fan of football, I will still watch it if ‘my’ team (meaning the Patriots) is playing.  I hope they win, but do I punch a hole in the wall or cry if they lose? No.  If it’s the Bruins and the Stanley Cup…. well, that’s a different story.

This year, I used the Super Bowl as an excuse to eat about a thousand calories of fried goodness.  Honestly though, I bet it was more like two thousand calories.  The next day, I was in need of vegetables and healthy foods to unclog my arteries. This salad was the perfect fit!  Homemade croutons, sauteed shrimp, and chopped avocado fit well with a homemade lemon vinaigrette.  The dressing is good enough to make and use on any salad or as a marianade. Give it a try!

For the salad:
1 head romaine lettuce, chopped
1-2 roma tomatoes
1/2 bell pepper
1/4 of a medium onion
1/2 avocado
croutons
20 or so, medium sized shrimp, peeled
Olive oil
Parsley and dill

– Split the lettuce between two bowls (this will make two large salads, adjust according to need).  Chop the remaining ingredients and split between the salads.

– Toss the shrimp with some lemon juice a generous pinch of dill and parsley.  Heat a splash of olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.  Add the shrimp and sautee for a few minutes (my shrimp were on the small side, so they took only about 2 minutes).

– Top the salad with the shrimp and croutons.

For the vinaigrette:
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons lemon juice (freshly squeezed please!)
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1/2 teaspoon coarse sea salt
1/2 teaspoon parsley
1/2 teaspoon dill
Coarsely ground pepper, to taste

– Mix everything together and whisk or use a jar and shake vigorously!  Shake again before drizzling over the salad.  Enjoy!

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