July 14, 2010

Caesar Salad with Grilled Lemon Pepper Shrimp

One thing I love about the heat?  We eat light.  Dinner is usually simple, quick and doesn't heat my kitchen up.  Ever since I had a Caesar Salad at 1844 House - with the delicious homemade Caesar Salad Dressing, I had had the urge to try making my own. Great places with great food/menus do that to me.  Mainly because you can't out every day!

One of our favorite seafoods to cook at home is shrimp.  It is easy, fast and yummy!  I used Ellie Krieger's recipe for Grilled Shrimp - very basic and very delicious!  The Caesar Dressing is from Gourmet and what I love about it is I don't have to worry about coddling an egg (and getting queasy).      
Mayonnaise Caesar Salad Dressing
adapted from Gourmet

2 small cloves garlic, minced
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon anchovy paste
1 teaspoon dijon mustard
Juice of 1 lemon
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1 cup reduced fat mayonnaise
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan Cheese (I use the microplane zester for a fine shred)
Pepper to taste

Using the back of a spoon, mash the garlic and salt together to make a paste.  Add the anchovy paste, dijon mustard, lemon juice and Worcestershire sauce.  Whisk in mayonnaise until blended then stir in Parmesan Cheese.  Add pepper to your own taste.

Now for the shrimp :)

Grilled Lemon Pepper Shrimp
from Ellie Krieger @ The Food Network
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 teaspoon olive oil
1 lb shrimp, peeled and deveined
Juice of 1 lemon

Toss shrimp with salt, pepper and olive oil.  Grill 2-3 minutes on each side until shrimp is pink.  Remove from grill and toss with lemon juice. 


pegasuslegend said...

ok this is awesome looking and its 6am can you send me this plate for breakfast please?

Mags said...

I adore Caesar salad and have since the first time I ate it too. I'd have to sub in chicken for the shrimp here though or you'd have to do CPR on me. Great looking salad Shelby!

Diana's Cocina said...

This is a perfect salad, loving the dressing.

Jeanette said...

This sounds wonderful.

Cristine said...

I love a great salad!

Maria said...

Great salad for summer!

bellini valli said...

Looks like we are in sync today Shelby with shrimp. Love your Caesar dressing:D

Pam said...

What a perfect summer meal... it looks great.

Cheryl said...

I have been afraid of shrimp, but I think I can manage to make this!Thanks for sharing!

Cajun Chef Ryan said...

Shrimp Caesar and you have made it healthy and wonderful!

Ate lunch already, but would like to have a plate of this too!

Bon appetit!

Donna-FFW said...

What a great change up from the traditional Caesar salad. Love the grilled shrimp substitution. I'll have to try the Gourmet dressing version. I don't have a Caesar dressing go-to.

baking.serendipity said...

Lemon pepper sounds fantastic on shrimp :) I love it!

Ingrid said...

Yum, looks terrific! Shrimp is a fave here as well as Caesar salad.

I've wanted to make my own dressing for a while but haven't found anchovy paste. I've gotta track some down. I need to ask the grocery mgr at my Publix.

Kathleen said...

Shelby, this looks really wonderful! Yum!!!!!

Jessie said...

I hear you on the heat, I tend to eat light when it's very hot outside. This salad is definitely the perfect choice on a hot day. The Lemon Pepper shrimp has me craving for shrimp now too

Framed said...

Looks PERFECT for these meltingly hot days. I love anything with shrimp in it! Yum. :)

Steve said...

This looks great. I wonder how it will taste with a fresh made Aïoli instead of the mayo....I'll have to let you know.

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