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Boston Lettuce Salad with Shrimp

This simple recipe for a light summer shrimp salad is great as either a side or starter salad, or as a dinner entree.


Here is a simple recipe for a very tasty, light summer shrimp salad that is great either as a side or starter salad, or as a dinner entree. This recipe will make four side salads or two entree-size ones. Feel free to use other herbs, such as chervil, basil or mint, for example. You could also skip the shrimp and just make a green salad. 


1 Tbsp butter

1/2 lb. medium shrimp, shelled and deveined

1 small head of Boston lettuce, leaves torn into bite-size pieces

1/2 cup fresh shelled peas (or frozen and thawed)

1 1/2 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil

1/2 tsp. grated lemon zest

1/2 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice

2 Tbsp. chopped fresh tarragon leaves

1 Tbsp snipped fresh chives

1 heart of palm, slice into rings

1 avocado, peeled and diced

Parmigiano-Reggiano, shaved thinly into strips with a vegetable peeler

Salt & Pepper to taste


  1. First, cook the shrimp. Melt the butter in a non-stick saute pan over medium heat. Add the shrimp with a little salt and saute gently, until pink on one side. Flip the shrimp over using tongs and continue to cook until just cooked through and pink on both sides. Remove from the heat and let cool.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, lemon juice and lemon zest. Place the shelled peas in the bowl to marinate in the dressing.
  3. Place the lettuce in a large mixing bowl. Add the herbs, heart of palm, avocado and chives and toss lightly.
  4. Pour in the peas with the dressing and lightly toss again. Taste and add salt and/or pepper as needed. 
  5. Serve the salad immediately, garnished on top with the shaved Parmigiano and cooked shrimp.
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