Sunday, July 15, 2012

Beat the Heat #SundaySupper...Featuring Refreshing Chunky Shrimp Salsa


This week’s #SundaySupper theme is Beat the Heat. Trust me, heat is something we know a LOT about here in central Texas! During this time of year, I try to avoid using my oven as much as possible. That means I mainly use my stove, grill pan, and even my crockpot to prepare most of our dinners. On particularly hot days, we’ll sometimes have main dish salads or other cold items for dinner. Today’s versatile recipe can be used as an appetizer, side dish, or as a component of a healthy main dish salad. My Refreshing Chunky Shrimp Salsa only requires boiling the shrimp; the rest of the ingredients are chopped and added before the finished dish goes into the fridge to chill for a couple of hours before serving. 

This salsa has a lot of different flavors and textures: spicy boiled shrimp, crunchy veggies, fiery serrano pepper, creamy avocado, and sweet mango. Before giving it a quick toss, it’s seasoned with tangy lime juice and a bit of cilantro. I like to think of this concoction as the love child of pico de gallo and ceviche! This colorful salsa is fantastic served with sturdy tortilla chips for a company-worthy appetizer...or as a side dish for a simple dinner of cheese quesadillas. You could also leave out the avocado and serve this shrimp salsa inside avocado halves for a refreshing Summer lunch or light dinner. See? It’s really versatile...and really yummy! Let me show you how easy it is to whip up!!

Refreshing Chunky Shrimp Salsa
adapted from 750 Best Appetizers

Step 1: Boil 1/2 lb. shrimp with Cajun shrimp boil in salted water -- this infuses the shrimp with LOTS of flavor! Cool, peel, and chop the shrimp into bite-sized pieces. You should have just over 1 cup of diced shrimp when you're done. Add the shrimp to a large mixing bowl, along with the following ingredients: 1 small finely diced seeded serrano pepper, 1 seeded chopped roma tomato, 1 small diced mango, 1 thinly sliced green onion, 1/3 cup chopped shallot, and one small diced avocado. 


Step 2: Add the juice of one lime, 1 tsp. sea salt, and chopped cilantro to taste. Cilantro can be overpowering to my tastebuds, so I used about 1 tbs. Feel free to add more if you're a cilantro lover! Stir to evenly coat the salsa with the seasoning ingredients...but be gentle so you don't break up the avocado. 


Step 3: Place the salsa in the fridge to chill for an hour or so before serving. When you're ready to eat, spoon the salsa into a festive serving bowl. Serve with sturdy corn chips for dipping...or spoon it on top of a cheese quesadilla...or heck, just eat it with a spoon if you want!


Man, is this salsa addictive! A little spicy, a little sweet, and a little tangy...the avocado cools the heat with creamy goodness. Every bite is subtly different, depending on what ingredients end up on your chip. This salsa has great eye appeal too thanks to the colorful combination of ingredients. I hope you'll whip up a batch of this salsa for your next party...or just because. It's literally ready for the fridge in less than 30 minutes...including boiling time for the shrimp!

Make sure you join us on Twitter at 3:00 p.m. EST this afternoon for our weekly #SundaySupper Twitter chat!  All you have to do is follow the #SundaySupper hashtag...or you can follow us through TweetChat!  While you're at it, check out all the fantastic heat-busting recipes that my fellow #SundaySupper food bloggers are sharing this week:
#BeatTheHeat Appetizers:
#BeatTheHeat Salads, Soups & Sides:
#BeatTheHeat Main Dishes:
#BeatTheHeat Desserts:
#BeatTheHeat Drinks & Cocktails:
Wine Pairings Provided By:  ENOFYLZ

56 comments:

  1. This tasty and really different! Perfect to cool down in this summer heat.

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    1. I LOVED this salsa...I'm thinking it has all sort of potential for fun uses in summer!

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  2. This looks amazing! Thank you for participating in this week's #SundaySupper!

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    1. ...and thank YOU for being such a wonderful hostess, Jen!

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  3. What a beautiful salsa! The addition of shrimp just pushes it to stardom. Nicely written post as well. I enjoyed reading it.

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    1. Thanks...so glad to be in #SS with you! I had never seen shrimp in salsa, and I really enjoyed it!

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  4. I want to move in with you, Wendy! You make the BEST food!!!! No exception here :) Happy #SundaySupper!

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    1. No, I want to move in with YOU so I can get my daily fix of amazing sweets!!

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  5. Wendy~ this looks soooo good! I can't wait to serve this at my next get-together! Thank you for sharing during #SundaySupper. I am honored to have you be part of our Group!

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    1. Thanks, Isabel...I LOVE being in #SS. It's one of the highlights of my week!!

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  6. This sounds great Wendy! I like that you cooked the shrimp in the spices!

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    1. Yes...that gives the salsa that little something extra in the flavor layers!

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  7. Seriously yum! The flavors in your salsa are some of my favorites and I can't wait to try it. Also love, love, love that bowl :)

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    1. Thanks...I got that bowl for $3 at my local HEB grocery store last week! I am always on the lookout for cheap props for my food pics!!

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  8. absolutely gorgeous! i love that you added shrimp :)

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    1. The colors are so pretty...I love my food to be pretty AND taste good.

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  9. Ohhh, easy and quick! Love the colors and the flavor and texture combo sounds divine - heat from the peppers, sweetness from the fruit and creaminess from the avocado. yum!

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    1. I love it when foods have a lot of different textures/flavors...it makes it more interesting!

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  10. This salsa looks soooo awesome! I would never think to add shrimp to a salsa, so chunky and so colorful! As an active cilantro protester, however, I will have to substitute parsley. :D THANKS!

    xoxo
    Cheri

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    1. I totally get the cilantro thing...I use very little of it, because it is very STRONG to me. You can leave out...or sub in parsley for green color for sure!

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  11. Oooh! so pretty! Perfect way to beat the heat and the colors are so eye catching. I'm completely sold!

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    1. Thanks...I kept smiling when I saw the pics, because I love all the colors. Sort of like confetti!

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  12. I've never thrown shrimp in a salsa but now I'm beginning to think it's a wonderful idea! Can't wait to give this a try!

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    1. I hope you like it, Chung-Ah...have a great week!

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  13. Fantastic salsa for any grilled meats! I don´t like shrimp, but I bet it´s still great without it!

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    1. Sure...you could leave out the shrimp and still have a great salsa for putting on chicken fajita tacos or lots of other stuff!

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  14. Yum. Yum. Yum. YUM!! I don't miss the heat of Texas, but I do miss Gulf Shrimp! : )

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    1. These shrimp are wild-caught Gulf shrimp, but you can use any shrimp that you can get your hands on!

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  15. Oh this salsa is terrific. I'm makiing this right now for our #SundaySupper ~ thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thanks...give it a try and let me know how you like it!

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  17. I am loving this salsa!! I love alll the components in it...soo summery!

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    1. Thanks...I almost used fresh pineapple instead of mango, but I'm glad I went with the mango in the end!

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  18. Beautiful salsa and very colorful too. Nice addition with the shrimp.

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  19. Lovely colorful salsa!Love all the ingredients in this!YUMM..

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    1. I think it's pretty adaptable too...use pineapple instead of mango, lemon juice instead of lime, etc.

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  20. Yummy! I love everything in this and could probably eat it until I made myself sick... LOL I'm totally pinning this!

    Thanks for sharing!

    Jamie @ www.mamamommymom.com

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    1. I only made a small batch for that reason...hubby wouldn't eat it b/c of the mango, so I had it all to myself!

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  21. Beautiful photos! I like everything about this salsa. And my Hubby would go crazy for this, he loves loves loves shrimp!

    Have a wonderful Sunday!

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    1. I really enjoyed it...just a bit different from the standard salsa and chips!

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  22. Wow, this looks interesting, and the colors are so pretty!

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    1. I'm really big on food looking pretty too...I love lots of colors in my foods!

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  23. Hi Wendy,
    Based on your delicious chunky shrimp salsa photos, we'd like to invite you to submit your food photos on a Food Photography site so our readers can enjoy your creations.
    It is absolutely free and fun to make others hungry!

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    1. My sister asked me to make some this weekend for our family reunion, so I'm thinking it's a popular flavor combo going on here!

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  25. Yum I love shrimp!! Pass the spoon (fork?) please.

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    1. I started out with chips, then moved on to eating it with a fork the next day for lunch!

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  26. This is absolutely gorgeous. The color just pops. Perfect choice for Sunday Supper. I loved the theme this week. So nice to not have to turn on the stove.

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    1. Yes...if you want to go totally no-cook, you can buy frozen shrimp and just thaw. They won't have the spice that boiling in crab boil gives, but it truly is no-cook that way!

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  27. Sign me up for a big-ol bowl! Oh wait. I have 2 pounds of shrimp in the freezer. Looks like I have the perfect use for it now.

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    1. Yes...it's pretty addictive! I'm making a big batch for a family reunion in New Braunfels this weekend!!!

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  28. What a refreshing and flavorful salsa! Thank you for sharing with me, my friend!

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    1. This may be my favorite recipe I've featured in the past couple of months, Monet. So good!

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