Monday, May 25, 2009

Something Yummy



I had to share the recipe for this main dish salad I made for dinner. Always appreciative of good recipes - especially those low in fat and calories, I thought you might feel the same way. Guys, if you want to wow your wife, or girlfriend, this is easy, and goes great with some crusty french bread and "J" pinot grigio, my current fav, or wine of your choice. Eating this outside makes it taste better. The basis for the recipe came from here:

Mediterranean Potato Salad with Shrimp and Feta

Dressing:
3 Tbl chopped fresh basil
2 Tbl fresh lemon juice
4 tsp extra virgin olive oil
1.5 tsp sugar
1/2 tsp kosher salt
1/2 tsp fresh ground pepper
1/2 tsp Dijon mustard

Salad:
1.5 lbs small red potatoes, quartered
1/2 tsp kosher salt
1/2 tsp fresh ground pepper
1 lb medium shrimp (grilled with olive oil, salt & pepper to taste)
3 Cups thinly sliced romaine lettuce
1 Cup thinly sliced red pepper
1 Cup thinly sliced yellow pepper
1 Cup thinly sliced red onion
1/2 Cup (2 oz) crumbled feta cheese
2 Tbl chopped , pitted kalamata olives
1 Tbl capers (optional)

To prepare dressing, combine first 6 ingredients, stirring well with a whisk.

To prepare salad, place potatoes in a cast iron pot if you have one, mix with some olive oil and salt and pepper, turn on the heat, cover,  and when you hear it start to sizzle add a couple of Tbl of water, replace lid, lower heat, and let steam for about 30 minutes. 

Grill shrimp and let cool.

When potatoes are done, remove lid and let cool. Add shrimp and 1 Tbl of the dressing , mix well. When ready, add all the other ingredients, the rest of the dressing, and serve. Serves four very generously.

Enjoy!!




29 comments:

Hilary said...

We were doing so well until we got to the olives... and honestly, I'm not sure I've ever had capers.

It does otherwise sound and look delicious. :)

Beatriz Kim said...

Looks absolutely delicious! I've lost my appetite recently...I seriously eat peanut butter sandwiches all the time! But this looks scrumptious and I just want to eat!

CrazyCris said...

this does look yummy... but pity it has raw onion and peppers... ugh! they leave a lot of flavour in whatever dish they're included... I'd caramelise the onions my stir-frying them with the potatoes and find something to replace the peppers with... perhaps zuccini?

and I have to ask... what is kosher salt?! Salt is salt, right? :p

that salad dressing recipe is a lot like the basic recipe a friend (who's a french chef) gave me for vinaigrette (minus the vinager of which you would put 1/3 the amount of olive oil used). Thyme mixes in well with that also.

Hmmm... maybe I'll experiment with that this week! I was planning on making a rice or pasta salad one of these days... why not potato?

Natalie said...

Yummeee! Sounds fabby, thanks for sharing. I love a good recipe between friends. xx♥

The Redhead Riter said...

Looks yummy. We have the same dishes and cookbook...LOL...no wonder I follow your blog! We apparently are very much alike when it comes to things in the kitchen which is my favorite place to be :o)

Rain said...

Thanks for the recipe! It looks delicious, nice photo too. I'm not a big white wine drinker, but I do love a grigio.

Joanne said...

This looks heavenly! Isn't it wonderful how food tastes even better eaten outdoors? I also think it tastes better when someone else prepares it! ;)

luksky said...

I love Cooking Light....I have also been craving a good salad lately. Thanks for the recipe. :-)

nurturingwisdom said...

Looks delicious!

It has protein and all the healthy carbs.

The salad also looks quick and easy for a summer meal.

Thanks for the recipe.

pranksygang said...

i always love these kinda dishes.. you don need much oil and you also need not to strain a lot to prepare this.. i'm really gonna try this.. thanks a lot for sharing this!

Jeninacide said...

Yum! Maybe I will make this tonight! I have all the ingredients!

The Good Cook said...

Yum! Thanks for sharing.

Carlos said...

looks awesome...

MzzLily said...

now I'm hungry...

Bogey said...

This is definitely going to find it's way to my table...once I find my table of course. I love the Greek aspect in this recipe. will make a great accompaniement to some Kebabs!

mkreider said...

I'm presenting you with the Friends and Favorites blogging award. Stop by and pick it up!
Mark

linda said...

don't you love Cooking Light? I think they make the best in the "low cal/fat" meals out there! I have this book but have not tried this wonderful looking salad...after seeing this, I most certainly will and maybe I can get my hubby to prepare it! lololololol...

Verily I go. said...

This will look dalish in about 2 hours. Right now I'm full of a late lunch from Chili's. Do you suppose the potatoes could just be skipped altogether? Fix it without the potatoes and let me know how you like it. I'm kidding, *v* will try this soon. Thanks.

Elizabeth Bradley said...

My husband is a potato salad freak. He'd love this! Olives and capers and raw onions and pepper and all. I'll make this.

Marguerite said...

Any recipe that has grilled shrimp included is one that I would enjoy. And I love the combination of the capers, olives, and feta. Thanks for sharing, it looks divinely delicious!

Brian Miller said...

mmmm....sounds yummy. may have to try the wowwing my wife part with this...

Kay said...

Looks delicious! and would be great for outdoor seating! I make a very simular one for myself with a champagne vinagrette more often than anything!

Thanks for sharing...I guess I had forgotten "J" was doing multiple wines, thanks for the reminder of a great Sparkling I have forgotten.

Lindz said...

I made this last night. I love when you share recipes, Nick thinks I am domestic. Ha! Fooled him.

Turned out pretty well. I burnt the potatoes because I am that talented but they were still use-able.

Keep bringing the recipes! I love cooking lite.

asweetcakes said...

Ooh! looks delicious... its just that i have no idea what a Dijon mustard is?!?!?!?!...or a romaine lettuce for that matter (i thought there was only one lettuce). But i'll improvise. I'm hungry!

Phoebe Miriah Kirby said...

I could definitely "veganize" it and replace the shrimp with tofu, and the feta cheese with shredded veggie feta. It looks so delicious.
I think it's early and I need to eat breakfast, because my mouth is watering. :D

critterlover said...

Looks great! I would leave off the shrimp being a vegetarian, but the rest looks YUMMY! I may just try this. I just used capers in my dish last night and it was GOOD! I'll have to use some for this.

Thanks for the recipe!

Erika C. said...

Looks great! I haven't written in a while but today finally I posted something. THanks for always visiting my blog. Your recipe is making me hungry. Now I have to go get my kids. Don't have time to try it today but would like to try your recipe soon!

love,
ERika

easytravel said...

great food and it sound delicious. thanks for share.

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