Sunday, March 17, 2013

Shrimp, Avocado and Bacon Salad

A great movie buff that I am, I don't know how come I missed to watch 'The Notebook' all these years. It is one of the best romantic movies I have seen in recent times, Ryan Gosling with his cherubic youthful smile just mesmerizes. After Tom Cruise, he has become my recent heartthrob, my heart being literally in flutter every time he was appearing on screen especially in the first half of the movie when he playing the role of a small town boy of a humbled origin garbed in a newsboy style cap of 1940s looked so stunningly angelic. I am not supremely romantic of sort to buy into soppy mushy kind of love, but I believe there once existed people like Noah who could love another with 'heart and soul' , a rarity in today's high speed world where people change partners with the frequency of clothes. Another of my favourite romantic movie is 'Cold Mountain'. There are plenty of others like 'Sleepless in Seattle', 'You have got mail', 'War & Love', 'It happened one night' and 'Roman Holiday'. Anyone fond of romantic flicks might consider watching them if not already viewed.
Concerning the recipe at hand, I got this one from Gimme Some Oven, an exciting blog featuring lots of healthy salad recipes. I just modified some salad ingredients, but I hewed to the buttermilk dressing described there. It is one of the best salads I have consumed so far, each dainty morsel exploding with delight in your mouth.


Ingredients:                                                               Cooking time: 15-20 minutes
ü  300 gm medium size shrimps
ü  4 bacon strips
ü  1/2 cup corn kernels
ü  1 cucumber (peeled and chopped)
ü  3 cups of Romaine lettuce (blanched and chopped)
ü  1 ripe avocado (chopped)
ü  1 carrot (peeled and chopped)
ü  1 shallot (chopped)
ü  Salt to taste
ü  Black pepper, taste wise
For buttermilk pesto dressing:
ü  1/2 cup buttermilk
ü  1/2 cup yogurt
ü  1/4 cup pesto
ü  1 tbsp lemon juice
ü  A pinch of salt
ü  Black pepper, taste wise
1) Firstly, heat a skillet over high heat and roast the bacon. When bacons are crispy, take them off the flame and dice them. Let the grease left by bacon remain in the skillet.
2) Fry the shrimp in the grease left over by bacon. When shrimps are fried on all sides, nice and crispy, slide them on to a plate.
3) Mix all the ingredients mentioned under salad in a large mixing bowl. For the dressing, mix in the ingredients as mentioned for dressing and add spoonful of it into the salad. Season with salt and black pepper.
4) Enjoy !!

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