Wednesday, August 10, 2011


Thinking about a tropical, tangy, refreshing summer salad to beat this infernal heat?  Head to the islands… or make this tropical shrimp salad at home. This marvelous summer salad contains chilled poached shrimp, a nice assortment of fruit and a lovely citrus dressing. This is a magnificent way to satisfy a heat ravaged appetite.
  My spouse, the education tipster, after sampling some, took a photograph of it, and declared it to be the best summer use of shrimp she had ever tasted.  She exclaimed that the taste was sensational and I could hardly disagree with her. Shrimp and fruit with a fruity dressing and no added sugar are very refreshing.

Tropical Shrimp Salad                        serves 6


12 ounces (375g) rotini pasta

Tropical fruit dressing (recipe below)

3 oranges, peeled and cut into sections
2 grapefruits, peeled and cut into sections
1 cup of canned pineapple chunks

1 pound (500g) medium sized shrimp in the shell

Tropical fruit dressing
1/3 cup light olive oil or safflower oil
Grated peel of 1 lemon
Grated peel of 1 orange
2 tablespoons of lemon juice
¼ cup (75ml) orange juice
½ teaspoon salt

Blend all ingredients well or shake in a covered jar


  • Put water on to boil for the rotini.
  • Put water on to boil for the shrimp
  • Make the tropical fruit dressing
  • Section the oranges and grapefruit by slicing into quarters and then slicing the fruit from the peel. 
  • With the water boiling, cook the rotini for 9-10 minutes, then drain and cool in ice-water.
  • With the water boiling, add the shrimp and when water returns to boil, look at shrimp.  When they turn pink, drain and cool in ice-water.
  • Shell, devein, and remove the tails of the poached shrimp.

  • Mix the cool, drained pasta, the shrimp and all the fruit in a nice bowl, preferably glass or ceramic.
  • Add the tropical fruit dressing and stir thoroughly.
  • Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour before serving


Inverse said...

Sounds and looks delicious.

Manzanita said...

You are soooo right. What a delightful summer treat for a hungry family. I like the way you organize the cooking procedure so no precious time is lost. Thanks, Anthony

anthony stemke said...

INVERSE: We loved it here. Thank You.

MANZANITA: Thank you for those kind words.

Andrea the Kitchen Witch said...

Anthony this sounds amazing!! I adore proteins with fruit, so refreshing and delicious. I've been looking for a new way to enjoy shrimp, thanks for sharing this delicious idea!

Sarah said...

lovely combination of shrimp, pasta and fresh fruits! love the dressing!

sandy axelrod said...

Now you're talking! This is right up my alley. Here in South Florida it would be perfect all year long. I love the combination of fruit and protein along with the pasta. The dressing sounds similar to one of Bobby Flay's for Meyer Lemon Vinaigrette. When Meyer Lemons aren't available you can mimic its flavor by combine lemon and orange just the way you did in your recipe. I will definitely try this, maybe tonight.

I also want to apologize for being lax about responding to all of your delightful comments on my blog posts. I have been a bit preoccupied with some very advance preparations for our big adventure. I have been learning how to take better pictures, honing my writing skills and painting "tables" to use as surfaces for my food photography. It's all good but sometimes I get lost in what I am doing and neglect what I should be doing. I always look forward to hearing what you have to say. So a great big THANK YOU. Please forgive me and keep those comments coming.

Sylvia Ney said...

I'm not a huge fan of shrimp, but this looks so good right now!

Keena said...

Looks de-lish

anthony stemke said...

ANDREA: It is amazing tastewise, enjoy.

SARAH: Thank You, it is a lovely combo.

SANDY: I've never tasted meyer lemon, but I have key lime. Glad you like this. My BW loved it so much she took the photo right out of the ice-box, which explains the haze.
No need to apoligize, I know you busy.

SYLVIA: Some people love shrimp so much they'll eat it in any format. You could eat this and disregard the shrimp you will enjoy it anyway.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

In this heat, I bet cold fruit salad is heavenly.

Pegasuslegend said...

Awesome salad refreshing side dish!

anthony stemke said...

KEENA: Thank You, is.

ALEX: One way to find out,try it. I guarantee you'll find it scrumptious.

PEGASUSLEGEND: Thank You, very popular in our home.

Susan Oloier said...

That looks soooo good! And, to think, I just ate lunch.

anthony stemke said...

SUSAN: It must be more good (gooder?) than I thought, the Queen of my heart (the education tipster) says we have to get more fruit and shrimp, that bowl went empty early.
Thank You for calling, my best to Zane.

Vardhini said...

Regarding the whey after making paneer, I have personally not used it for anything. But I have read that it can be used in place of water when kneading dough for Indian bread (chapati/paratha etc.) So I assume it might work for any bread.


anthony stemke said...

VARDHINI: Thank You for your prompt answer and the information, I really appreciate it. I make focaccia and pizza often, I'll try it on them.

Nancy said...

What a great blog! I especially love the name of it!!!

Plateful said...

The combo of shrimps with fruits sound intriguing.. need to give this a try!

anthony stemke said...

NANCY: Thank You very much.

PLATEFUL: Please try it, the sauce is wonderful.

Elizabeth Mueller said...

Mmmmm! What a cool way to enjoy a hot summer. Thank you! :)

Can Alex save Winter from the darkness that hunts her?
YA Paranormal Romance, Darkspell coming fall of 2011!

anthony stemke said...

ELIZABETH: Thank You for calling, You'll love this citrus preparation.

Uma said...

Hi Anthony,

The salad looks interesting with shirmp with fruits.

I am very happy to be here. You have very nice collection of recipes in your space. Love them absolutely.

Thank you for visiting my space and letting me about your recipes.


Lynda R Young said...

This one makes me yearn for summer...

anthony stemke said...

UMA: Thank You for those complimentary words, I appreciate that. I love the exciting stuff on your blog.

LYNDA: Normally the heat and humidity are quite debilitating, but meals like these are refreshing.

Al Penwasser said...

Looks fantastic!

Anonymous said...

Now this has potential. I never thought of such a combination. Shrimp and oranges sounds mighty tasty.

Malli said...

Incredibly good and colorful salad especially comforting for a cool lunch in this type of weather!! Cheers.

anthony stemke said...

AL PENWASSER: Thank You, hope you'll try it.

STEPHEN TREMP: Potential? It's already fantastic, the tipster loves it and has requested it tonight; and I'm happy to oblige.

MALLI: Yes indeed, perfect for this weather. Thank You.

Anonymous said...

Would never have thought to have shrimps with fruit. I love shrimps, yum yum. The salad looks gorgeous. I just had a coffee with a dollop of whipped cream on top. Feeling a bit sick now. hehe

anthony stemke said...

NIKI: This is a very refreshing salad, cool with a light tang, really wonderful. I hope that you try it.

Sarah Naveen said...

Simply delicious..

My Journey With Candida said...

It has started to cool down quite a lot here in Northern Pennsylvania, but your Tropical Fruit Salad would still be a wonderful treat. Especially if my Hubs made it for me.

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anthony stemke said...

SARAH: Thank You. we love it.

anthony stemke said...

My brother-in-law lives in Mansfield PA. Thank You for calling. Your spouse could whip this up quickly. Those microplane graters make shredding the rind easy. This is actually a simple affair and once he tries it he'll want to make it often

Leovi said...

Another good summer meal.

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