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The Ultimate Summer Salads

SPINACH AND STRAWBERRY SALAD WITH POACHED SHRIMP AND POPPY SEED DRESSING

Ingredients
  

Salad ingredients:

  • One bag baby spinach pre-washed
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds toasted
  • 1 pint strawberries hulled and quartered
  • 1/2 medium cucumber peeled, seeded and finely diced
  • 1 pound peeled and deveined shrimp poached or sautéed
  • 1 lemon juiced
  • Kosher salt

Dressing ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 1/3 cup sugar or sugar substitute such as Splenda
  • 2 tablespoons poppy seeds

Instructions
 

  • Bring a large saucepan of water to a roiling boil. Season with a large pinch of kosher salt. Add shrimp and lemon juice, remove from heat, and cover. After about 5 minutes, the shrimp should be opaque. Remove from hot pan and set aside. (Shrimp require very little cooking — no direct boiling maintains tenderness and flavor.)
  • Whisk all dressing ingredients together in bowl, and chill in the refrigerator. In a large salad bowl, toss together all the salad ingredients except the shrimp. Arrange greens on serving plates, top with shrimp, and dress just before serving.