Peach Basil Shrimp Salad

Peach Basil Shrimp Salad with Sweet Chili Vinaigrette

Peach Basil Shrimp Salad

When the temperature rises, easy meal prep and (semi) cold dishes are my kind of meal! This Peach Basil Shrimp Salad tastes light and fresh! Tender crisp succulent grilled shrimp served on a bed of crispy greens with juicy Peaches and lots of Basil for a complete meal ready in minutes (with almost no clean up); this is truly the perfect summer meal!
And for that matter, our favourite Salad.
The dressing is made with ready sweet chili sauce and an ingredient that I really love, Ume Su. Maybe you have heard of it? I discovered it a couple of years ago and love it.

Ume Su is the red juice of umeboshi apricots that are put in brine with shiso leaves. Its also very salty, and most times it’s not necessary to add more salt to your recipe. Ume Su is less acidic than ordinary vinegar though, because it’s technically not a vinegar but the sour brine juice from the lactic acid fermentation.
The best way to describe the flavor is fruity, slightly acidic and salty all at the same time, that’s why I love adding it to sauces and vinaigrettes because it adds a lot of flavor and a little goes a long way.
If you can’t find it, buy it online, but if you don’t feel like buying it at all, which I totally understand (but you’re missing out on something great), sub with more vinegar and salt.

Peach Basil Shrimp Salad

Prep Time : 15 mins
Cook Time : 5 mins
Total Time : 20 mins

Servings: 4

Ingredients:

INGREDIENTS Sweet chilli vinaigrette
• 6 tbsp. sweet chilli sauce
• ½ cup natural oil or very light olive oil
• 1 tbsp. sesame seed oil
• ¼ cup lime juice
• 1 tbsp. fish sauce nam pla
• 2 tsp Ume Su
• 1 tbsp. honey
• Freshly ground black pepper
• Salt if necessary
INGREDIENTS Peach Basil Shrimp Salad:
• 1 cup loosely packed basil leafs only
• 16 oz. / 450 gr. mixed salad greens various colors if possible
• 1 cup radishes
• 2 peaches
• 2 avocados
• 5 spring onions
• 16 oz. / 450 gr. peeled big fresh shrimp
• 1 tbsp. canola oil
• Salt and pepper
• 1 large buffalo Mozzarella or 2 medium
• Handful fresh cilantro

Peach Basil Shrimp Salad

Peach Basil Shrimp Salad
Instructions:

1. For the Sweet Chilli Vinaigrette, mix all the ingredients in a jar and shake until well combined.
2. Reserve until ready to use. Leftovers are best stored in the fridge.
3. Place all the greens in a large serving dish. Sprinkle the Basil leafs on top of the greens.
4. Cut the radishes in very thin slices and fan them out, place them on the salad. Leave some of the smaller radishes whole.
5. Peel the peaches, cut in half, twist and separate the halves. Remove the stone and also cut into thinner wedges and place on the salad fanned out.
6. The same goes for the avocados, peel, cut in half, remove the stone and slice and place on salad.
7. Put a frying pan on medium high heat, when hot add the oil. Season the shrimp and cook for about two to three minutes on each side, depending on the thickness of the shrimp.
8. Cook until no longer pink and remove straight away from the heat. Arrange on the salad.
9. In the middle of the salad, place the buffalo mozzarella, slightly torn open to reveal it’s soft inside.
10. Sprinkle with the fresh cilantro and serve drizzled with the sweet chilli vinaigrette.

Enjoy!
Myra XO

Peach Basil Shrimp Salad

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Summer Fruit and Chocolate Slice

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Here is a recipe I made last weekend. I wanted to make something pretty and not loaded with calories, so I came up with these slices. They were very good. For those of you are scared off by Tofu, I promise you, you can not taste any of it. It is just a base that carries the flavors of the fruit and chocolate very well and is also loaded with protein rather than carbs. Why not give it a go. Easy and healthy rather than bad, what more could you ask for?

Ingredients Crust:

1/2 C. dates, pitted and soaked for 30 min.

1/2 C. oats, (gluten free)

1/2 C. nuts of choice

1 tbsp. cocoa

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Method:

Drain the dates and pat them dry, put in a food processor together with the remaining ingredients. Pulse for a few time until the mixture is crumbly.

Press into a square baking tin that has been lined with baking parchment.

Bake for approximately 15-20 minutes in a pre-heated oven at 400° F.

Remove when done and transfer to a rack to cool completely before filling.

Ingredients Pink Filling:

1 C. silk tofu

1 C. Summer fruit mix

2 tsp. Agar Agar

3 to 4 tbsp Stevia, Xylitol or sweetener of choice

1/2 C. raw Cashew Nuts, that have been soaked for 6 hours

Heat berries in a small saucepan, add the Agar Agar. Cook for 1 – 2 minutes. Set aside and let cool. Add the Stevia/Xylitol granules. Blend the Cashews in a food processor until silky smooth add a little of the tofu to get it going. Now mix with all the remaining ingredients.

Ingredients Chocolate  Filling:

1 C. silk tofu

4 oz. dark chocolate 70%, sweetened with coconut sugar

1 – 2  tbsp. raw cocoa powder

3  tbsp Stevia, Xylitol or sweetener of choice

1/2 C. raw Cashew Nuts, that have been soaked for 6 hours. Drained.

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 pinch of salt

Melt the chocolate au bain marie until melted. Remove from heat and let cool. Add the Stevia/Xylitol granules. Blend the Cashews in a food processor until silky smooth add a little of the tofu to get it going. Now mix with all the remaining ingredients.

To assemble:

Take spoonfuls of each mixture and place on crust alternating until you have used it all up. Make sure there are no air holes left. Shake the tin if necessary. Gently flatten to top with a spatula. Now with a knife draw a few “S”shapes in the filling for a rippled effect.

Put in the refrigerator for a few hours until completely set.

Nut rosettes for decorating the top:

1 C. Cashew Nuts, soaked for 6 hours, drained

1/3 C. Coconut cream, maybe a tablespoon more

2 tbsp maple syrup

Mix all the ingredients in a high-speed blender or magic Bullet, blend until smooth. Put the mixture into a pastry bag fitted with a rose tip, make little roses on top of the slices.

NOTE: Cut the slices before decorating.

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Watermelon Salad

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Serves 4

At home we try to eat what’s in Season,  it feels like the right thing to do. So it’s really exciting when I see a Watermelon for the first time in season. Not only are they delicious but very healthy too. They are full of Lycopene which is a carotenoid  good for heart health and bone health. They also contain Citrulline.

Citrulline is an amino acid that is converted by our kidneys into arginine.

Watermelon contains about 250 milligrams of citrulline per cup.  Arginine improves blood flow and there’s also some preliminary evidence arginine may help prevent excess accumulation of fat in fat cells. Hello?

Ingredients;

  • 2 bags of Arugula
  • 1 small watermelon, peeled and diced
  • 4 oz. Feta cheese
  • 1  onion, peeled and sliced as thin as you can

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  • a bunch of fresh Mint. Pick of the leafs, thow the stems away.
  • 1/2 C. Pomegranate Seeds
  • 1/4 C. toasted Pine nuts
  • 1 tbsp. Chia seeds
  • 1/4 C. extra virgin olive oil
  • juice of one lemon

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Instructions;

Star of by putting the onion in a bowl with the juice of half a lemon and leave for about 15 minutes. This will take away the sharpness of the onion.

Arrange the Arugula on a platter. Scatter over the Watermelon. Then the drained onions.

Crumble over the Feta. Then tear the Mint leafs up a bit and sprinkle over the salad tucking the leafs in between the pieces of Watermelon.

Then scatter over the Pomegranate seeds, the Chia seeds and the Pine nuts. Serve drizzled with the olive oil and the remaining juice of the lemon.

Enjoy!

Myra XO

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