Lettuce Salad with Tomato, Avocado, Feta, and Shrimp
If you’re a fan of capers, you’ll love this Lettuce Salad with Tomato, Avocado, Feta, and Shrimp that’s kicked up with a delicious caper vinaigrette!
This Lettuce Salad with Tomato, Avocado, Feta, and Shrimp reminds me that one interesting thing about blogging is how it becomes a record of what foods you’re craving at different times of the year. I’ve confessed how my mid-winter craving for tomatoes led to Pinto Bean Salad with Avocado and Tomatoes. And then it happened again when I spotted the recipe for a salad with lettuce, tomatoes, avocado, Feta, and shrimp from Nick’s Fishmarket Maui in the R.S.V.P. column in Bon Appetit Magazine, and tomatoes jumped into my basket the next time I was at Costco.
I did enjoy those mid-winter tomatoes in this salad but if you’re making this in the summer with fresh garden tomatoes it will be even better! Another ingredient that really made this salad special was the caper vinaigrette. I adapted the restaurant’s recipe a bit, but I’d never leave out the capers, which were a brilliant addition here.
How to Make Lettuce Salad with Tomato, Avocado, Feta, and Shrimp:
(Scroll down for complete recipe with nutritional information.)
- I pulsed the capers, chopped roasted red pepper, and minced parsley in the food processor a few times, which I think helped spread those flavors throughout the vinaigrette.
- Then put those things in a bowl and whisk in some Dijon, red wine vinegar, and olive oil. The restaurant makes the dressing a day ahead to let the flavors combine, which is probably a good idea if you can stand to wait.
- This salad only needs about 1/2 cup of cooked shrimp for two serings, so it’s not too hard on the budget.
- Give the romaine a good wash in the salad spinner so it’s nice and crisp.
- I used a mix of red and yellow cherry tomatoes, which made the salad even more colorful, but use any tomatoes you have. I cut the tomatoes in half, but if you’re rushed for time it wouldn’t hurt to keep them whole.
- Dice up an avocado.
- Measure out 1/2 cup of crumbled Feta.
- Toss the romaine with about 4 tablespoons of the Caper Vinaigrette. Then add the avocado, tomatoes, and shrimp and a little more dressing and toss again.
- Divide the salad into two serving bowls and sprinkle each with crumbled Feta.
More Interesting Recipes with Capers:
- 1/4 cup capers with liquid
- 1 T minced roasted red pepper (from a jar)
- 1 T minced fresh parsley
- 1 tsp. Dijon mustard
- 3 T red wine vinegar
- 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
- 4 cups chopped romaine lettuce
- 1 avocado, diced
- 4 small tomatoes, chopped
- 1/2 cup crumbled Feta (or less)
- 1/2 cup cooked salad shrimp
- fresh-ground black pepper to taste
- Put capers with liquid, minced roasted red pepper, and minced parsley in food processor with steel blade and pulse 20-30 seconds, until ingredients are coarsely chopped, then place ingredients in small plastic bowl.
- Stir in Dijon and red wine vinegar, then whisk in olive oil a little at a time, until vinaigrette is emulsified.
- Make dressing a day ahead if desired. Bring to room temperature before using.
- Put chopped romaine lettuce into medium-sized salad bowl, add 4 T dressing and toss until lettuce is well-coated with dressing. (It will seem like too much dressing until you add the other ingredients.)
- Add chopped avocado, tomatoes, and shrimp, along with 1-2 T more dressing and toss gently.
- Season to taste with fresh-ground black pepper.
- Divide salad into two bowls and top each salad with crumbled feta.
The recipe makes enough dressing for 4 salads but make it all because this dressing is good on so many things! Nutritional information is calculated based on 1/2 the dressing.
Recipe adapted from Greek Salad with Avocado, Shrimp, and Caper Vinaigrette from Nick’s Fishmarket Maui featured in Bon Appetit Magazine, March 2009.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 597Total Fat: 51gSaturated Fat: 12gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 37.4gCholesterol: 110mgSodium: 949mgCarbohydrates: 22gFiber: 11gSugar: 8.3gProtein: 19g
Nutrition information is automatically calculated by the Recipe Plug-In I am using. I am not a nutritionist and cannot guarantee 100% accuracy, since many variables affect those calculations.
Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
Lettuce Salad with Tomato, Avocado, Feta, and Shrimp would make a great main-dish salad for any phase of the original South Beach Diet or any other low-carb eating plan.
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