Saturday, June 25, 2011

Hot-Sweet Shrimp Skewers and Minted White Bean Salad

This meal, like many that happen in my apartment, began with a recipe from And, like almost all of those meals, I edited a few things.
 The bean salad recipe calls for fresh sage and oregano, which besides being difficult to locate (understatement) in our local grocery store, I didn't imagine I would have much later use for. So I made the bean salad with some fresh chopped mint leaves, left out the tomato, and added a chopped radish instead. You could use chickpeas instead of the cannellini beans, or a mix of the two. This really couldn't be easier. My recipe serves two:

1 can cannellini beans, or about 1 1/2 cups cooked beans
1 small handful of fresh mint leaves, chopped
1 green onion, thinly sliced
1 large rib of celery, finely chopped
1 radish, finely chopped
1 tsp. lemon juice
Olive oil
White wine vinegar
Salt and pepper

1. Mix everything in a large bowl and refrigerate for at least 15 minutes, or as long as overnight.

For the shrimp (I cooked about 25, 5-per skewer), I made a sweet-spicy sauce. These measurements are all approximate, so definitely tweak it as you see fit.

1 tsp dried cilantro
2 tsp sesame ginger salad dressing
1/2 tsp lemon or lime juice
Sriracha, to taste - I used about 1/2 tsp
1 tsp honey

25 shrimp, peeled and deveined

1. Combine all, and mix with shrimp. Marinate in the refrigerator for at least 10 minutes.
2. Skewer shrimp and grill until cooked through.
 I used my George Foreman Grill, which was a little awkward with the length of the skewers, but it all worked out fine. I did have to rearrange the skewers to make sure they were cooking evenly, but the whole grilling process only took about 6 minutes.

I served the bean salad and shrimp with some warm bulgur wheat. The shrimp came out nicely spicy-sweet, the bean salad was light and summery, and might even be better the day after. There were no leftovers tonight, so I can't say for sure!

Quote of the Day: Weather means more when you have a garden. There's nothing like listening to a shower and thinking how it is soaking in around your green beans. ~ Marcelene Cox

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