Balsamic Shrimp Salad

By far the most delicious shrimp salad that I’ve ever tasted! You will love this summer salad made with Balsamic Shrimp, strawberries, Feta cheese, almonds and balsamic reduction.

Balsamic Shrimp Salad 2 from willcookforsmiles.com

Do you ever go to the store hungry?

I’ve learned that lesson, to NOT do that, several times in my life. One time, loooong time ago when I was still a poor little college student (now, I’m a poor old collage student and a little bit wiser), I actually came home with Chef Boyardee ravioli. Yeap, that was sad. I’ve never tried it before and I got curious (and hungry). I took a bite, spit it out and threw away the rest. That was the worst side effect of hungry shopping for me. Other times, I just came home with junk and dry Ramen noodles. Don’t laugh, but dry Ramen noodles are actually young college student’s best friend!  

So, you’d think that I won’t do it again. Good…keep thinking that!

Well I did  it again, but this time I know better about what to buy. I was walking by the seafood deli and suddenly got a craving for shrimp (you’re right, I was hungry). I already had some strawberries in a basket and feta cheese so I got a great idea for a salad. Grabbed some chips veggies and rushed home to make lunch.

Balsamic Reduction for Balsamic Shrimp Salad from willcookforsmiles.com

This salad may seem a little complicated since it has three parts to it but it’s very easy. You can also make Balsamic Reduction ahead of time and that way the whole thing will take you no more than 5 minutes. If you’ll be making the reduction “to order,” the salad still won’t take you more than 20 minutes to prepare.

**Little tip while making balsamic reduction: turn of your kitchen fan!! Oof, I forgot turn it on right away and you wouldn’t believe the vinegary smell in the kitchen. Luckily, it aired out pretty fast.

Balsamic Shrimp Salad 3 from willcookforsmiles.com

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Balsamic Shrimp Salad
 
Serves: Shrimp is meant for 2 salads. You'll get about 2 Tbsp of balsamic reduction.
Ingredients
  • Balsamic Reduction:
  • ½ cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tsp honey
  • Balsamic Shrimp:
  • ½ lb raw shrimp
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 clove of garlic, grated
  • ½ Tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • ½ tsp honey
  • salt
  • Salad:
  • Spring salad mix
  • Sliced toasted almonds
  • Strawberries
  • Feta Cheese
Instructions
  1. Balsamic reduction: Whisk balsamic vinegar and 1 tsp of honey in a small sauce pot, over medium-high heat, and bring mixture to simmer. Once it starts to simmer, turn the heat down to medium. Let vinegar slow simmer, stirring occasionally, until the mixture coats the spoon. It will take 7-10 minutes but please note, that it will start to thicken fast during the last couple of minutes so keep an eye on it. Set aside once it reaches the right thickness.
  2. Shrimp: Preheat a medium saute pan on medium heat. Make sure all your ingredients are ready, at hand. Add oil, balsamic vinegar, honey and garlic to the pan and quickly stir all together. Add shrimp and some salt. Saute shrimp until turns pink on one side, flip and cook until shrimp turn pink on the other side as well. Don't walk away as shrimp cooks very fast.
  3. Top lettuce with some sliced strawberries, feta cheese, sliced toasted almonds, shrimp and drizzle with balsamic reduction.
Notes
Recipe from Lyuba @ willcookforsmiles.com All images and content are copyright protected. Please do not use my images without prior permission. If you want to share this recipe, please simply link back to this post for the recipe. Thank you.

Balsamic Shrimp Salad  from willcookforsmiles.com

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Balsamic Shrimp Salad 1  from willcookforsmiles.com

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