Sassy Spinach and Shrimp Salad

Sassy Spinach and Shrimp Salad

The Tease

I had her at the salad. This was course one of a special two-course dinner I made for Valentine's day. It's unique, tasty and healthy. What makes this salad unique are the zucchini chips. I got the idea to fry up thinly sliced seasoned chips while working out on the treadmill an hour before cooking. Damn yummy. Serve with a glass of Champagne and let the games begin.

Time To Cook:
• Novice cook: 35 minutes
• Experienced cook: 20 minutes


Shrimp pack a powerful protein punch - a four ounce serving of shrimp supplies 23.7 grams of protein (that's 47.4% of the daily value for protein.) At 112 calories and less than a gram of fat, this makes them a super-efficient protein provider. Shrimp are also a very good source of vitamin D, selenium and vitamin B12. While they are found throughout almost the entire world (and many countries farm-raise shrimp,) much of the world's supply comes from the United States, South and Central America, Japan, Thailand and Taiwan." Source


• 3/4 pound of small, cleaned and shelled shrimp

• 1 small bag of organic baby spinach

• 3 medium green squash or zucchini, thinly sliced

• 1-2 tablespoons of steak seasoning, such as Lawry's

• 1/4 cup of canola or vegetable oil (used for frying the zucchini)

• 3-4 teeth of garlic, minced

• Zest of one lemon

• Juice of half a lemon

• 2 tablespoons of balsamic vinegar

• 3-4 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil

• 1 tablespoon of sea salt

• Pepper to taste


• Frying pan

• Large bowl

• Citrus zester (hint you can use the fine teeth of a cheese grater if you don't have a zester)

• Food processer

• Mandolin (it's a French cutting contraption that makes perfect sized and cuts every time)

Don't forget your measuring cups and spoons and cutting board!

Preparation (Do it!)

1) Wash your spinach thoroughly and pat dry with a paper towel. You can also use pre-packaged, pre-washed, organic spinach and put that in a bowl after washing and drying.

2) Shell and clean the shrimp (de-vein) or (my suggestion) get shrimp that are already cleaned. Set aside.

3) Use a mandolin (a great chef's tool), food processor, or a knife to thinly slice the zucchini and season with steak/meat seasoning.

4) Fry the chips in the canola oil until brown. Set aside and pat dry with paper towel.

5) Heat up the olive oil in a saute pan. Add the shrimp and cook for approximately one minute on each side. Add the zest, lemon juice and garlic and cook for another minute.

5) Add the balsamic vinegar, toss the mixture with the spinach and season the salad with sea salt and pepper to taste.


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