Garlic Lover’s Shrimp & Green Bean Salad

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Garlic, garlic salt, and then more garlic — this recipe is designed for the garlic-lovers in your life. I have to admit that the preparation for this recipe is a bit more involved than some of my recent posts. It has four basic stages: 1) Puree garlic, rosemary leaves, olive oil, garlic salt and key lime juice and marinade the shrimp for 30 minutes in the refrigerator; 2) Blanch cut green beans in salted water followed by an ice bath to brighten color and improve flavor by stopping enzyme action; 3) Saute sliced onion and minced garlic in olive oil until translucent before adding to the drained green beans; and 4) Broil shrimp and marinade mixture for a few minutes on each side until shrimp become opaque. Add the shrimp mixture to the green beans and mix thoroughly before chilling in refrigerator for an hour. Finally, garnish with crumbled feta just prior to serving. It may sound like a long process, but believe me when I say that the final product is a beautiful thing. Perfect for a brunch, a small-plate treat for lunch, or even as a side at dinner or a pot-luck/cook-out with friends. I prepared this for RJ when he arrived home after a late flight — just the right thing to soothe his tired old soul.


GARLIC LOVER’S SHRIMP & GREEN BEAN SALAD (Serves 4)

Ingredients

  • 4 large cloves garlic, peeled
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons key lime juice
  • 2 sprigs fresh rosemary leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 20 large shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1 pound fresh green beans, trimmed
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/2 onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cracked black pepper
  • 1/2 cup crumbled garlic and herb feta cheese

Directions

  1. Place garlic cloves, 1/4 cup olive oil, key lime juice, rosemary, and 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt into a blender; puree until smooth. Combine shrimp and marinade in a resealable plastic bag. Marinate at least 30 minutes in the refrigerator.
  2. Place an oven rack in the topmost position and pre-heat oven on the broil setting. Pour the shrimp and their marinade onto a baking sheet lined with aluminum foil. Broil in preheated oven 3 to 4 minutes per side until the shrimp are opaque. Once cooked, pour everything into a bowl and place into refrigerator.
  3. Meanwhile, bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add green beans and cook for 2 to 3 minutes, until tender; drain and rinse with cold water. Drain excess water from the chilled beans and place into a large bowl.
  4. Heat remaining 1/4 cup olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Stir in minced garlic and onion, cook until the onion has softened and turned translucent. Pour the oil over the beans, add shrimp mixture, and toss. Season with garlic salt, and pepper; mix well. Cover and refrigerate at least 1 hour. Mix in crumbled feta before serving.

~from Allrecipes

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About Worth Stopping By . . .

I am a blogger who would rather talk than write. I enjoy traveling, family time, friends and food/fine dining. I have made some real efforts in the kitchen lately, and I blog in order to document and motivate myself to: 1.) fully use all of the fresh ingredients in my kitchen and 2.) cook healthy, creative meals.

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