What makes your day? Getting up early, or late? Exercising, or lazing about? Seeing friends, or indulging in you time? If you’re anything like me, then you like to feed someone something that puts a smile on their soul. Recently, my sister Julia prepared Matane Shrimp Salad for a family picnic and I was enraptured. So, naturally, I enlisted her to share the recipe so that you too could spread the joy.
You can serve Matane Shrimp Salad as an appetizer or as a main. It would be splendid plated atop a few endive leaves, surrounded by sliced avocado. If you start off with frozen shrimp – Costco sells frozen baby shrimp – defrost them overnight in the refrigerator, strain them, without rinsing, then place them on a platter lined with paper towel and cover them with additional paper towel to gently absorb excess moisture, without removing their juicy, salty, briny character.
Matane Shrimp Salad
- 1 lb (450g) Matane shrimp
- 2 sticks celery, minced (not the toughest outer ones)
- 2 T minced celery leaf, from the center of the celery
- 3 – 4 scallions, finely chopped, or 1/4 sweet onion
- 1/2 each red and yellow coloured peppers, chopped in small sticks
- 2 T mayonnaise
- 2 T finely chopped dill
- 1 t white horseradish
- sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
In a large bowl, combine all ingredients and taste to adjust seasoning. Serves 6 – 10.
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