Seriously.  I wanted this hot weather and I got it.  Ok, well maybe I didn’t wish for such high humidity and 90+ degree weather, but I’ll take that over cold any day.  I know.  I’m weird.  Grumpy tells me that all the time.  I could live in Florida myself.  That is what the weather feels like today.  Thick, heavy, warm.  I can complain about Grumpy though. I didn’t have time to fold the towels this morning and I left them next to Grumpy’s chair hoping he would fold them for me.  Somehow, I think he is blind when it comes to things like that. Basically because they were still there when I got home.  Hrumph. 

Well just for that, if Grumpy wasn’t wanting to eat my Summer Shrimp Salad I made tonight, I was going to let him use the microwave to heat up some left over BBQ Burgers.  I admit.  I was a little scared to make this recipe.  Why?  Because it was raw.  Well, the shrimp wasn’t raw, but everything else was!  I was willing to take a chance though because I did not want to turn the stove or oven or even light the grill tonight!  Turned out to be very good!  I’m definitely going to enjoy this for lunch tomorrow too!  It was sweet with that smoky cumin hint and the lime with cilantro just made it perfect.  The sweetness definitely came from the fresh corn – oh my that was really good corn!

Summer Shrimp Salad
adapted from Cooking Light

1/2  cup  vegetable broth
1 1/2  teaspoons  cornstarch
3  tablespoons  fresh lime juice
2  teaspoons  extra virgin olive oil
3/4  teaspoon  sugar
1/2  teaspoon  ground cumin
1/2  teaspoon  salt
1/4  teaspoon  freshly ground black peppercorns
1-1/2  pound  medium shrimp, I bought the pre-cooked from the market and just rinsed it good and removed the tails
1 1/2  cups  julienne-cut yellow squash
1 1/2  cups  julienne-cut zucchini
1 1/2  cups  cherry tomatoes, halved
1  cup  fresh corn kernels
2  tablespoons  minced fresh cilantro

To make the dressing mix all the ingredients in a sauce pan.  Heat until it just begins to thicken.  Turn off heat and set aside to cool.

To assemble the salad, combine all salad ingredients into large bowl, pour dressing over top and stir to coat.  YUMMY!