Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Seafood Salad

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It's finally HOT and HUMID here in New Jersey.

I'm not really in the mood to eat hot food and stand over a hot grill preparing it.

Here is a way to beat the heat, and I promise you'll love it.

I bought a bag of frozen mixed seafood, consisting of scallops, calamari rings, & scungilli (conch) and cooked them for a minute or two in boiling water. Along with the bag of mixed seafood, I threw in a bag of frozen jumbo shrimp with the tails left on.

After the seafood looks done, place seafood in a bowl in the fridge and set aside while you make the dressing.

1/2 red bell pepper, seeded and chopped fine
2 celery stalks, halved and diced into small pieces
a few cherry tomatoes, quartered
1 clove garlic, minced
baby arugula for the bottom of the glasses
chopped black olives (optional)

1 tbsp of Dijon mustard
juice of 2 lemons
olive oil, about 1/8 cup
6 tbsp of white wine or champagne vinegar
fresh herbs, chopped (I used a handful of parsley, oregano & basil)
black pepper to taste

Mix dressing and add to the seafood in the bowl to coat. This is best made a few hours ahead, so the seafood has time to marinate a bit in the dressing.

Lay arugula on the bottom of the glasses and pile seafood on top of greens.

Serve chilled in martini glasses w/ wedges of lime for garnish.

I love summer!


Anonymous said...

Another work of art!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Lisa said...

This looks great! Did you get the seafood at Trader Joe's? I think they have bags of frozen mixed seafood.

Ciao Chow Linda said...

Stacey - Oh joy - I love this salad, especially for summer (or Christmas eve actually).
I was thinking of making seafood salad for a boating outing Friday night - Yours is so similar to mine but I use orange juice too in the dressing and omit the olives. I've never seen frozen mixed seafood. Where do you buy it?

The Japanese Redneck said...

I've never seen frozen mixed seafood either. I guess it's not a southern item.

It looks beautiful. I bet it was amazing tasting too.


kat said...

This makes me think of being at Fisherman's Wharf in SF though this looks like a better salad

christina said...

Oooh, thanks for this - my husband LOVES seafood salad and we do make it often but have yet to find the perfect dressing. Must try this ASAP.

doggybloggy said...

I can see why you never invite us over - I could eat six of these!

Michele said...

My mom and grandmother used to make this for Christmas Eve. I don't eat fish but it certainly looks pretty in that martini glass.

The Food Hunter said...

This looks like the perfect meal for this heat. Thanks

Bob said...

Finally hot and humid? You've wanted this? Heh.

I'm not a huge seafood fan, but I love that shot with the tentacle sticking out the top. ;)

lisa said...

I want to sit by a pool where someone can bring this to me for lunch!

Karen said...

Sounds cool and delicious!

Elra said...

I'll be making this dahling!!!!!!!!! Looks scrumptious!

Denise said...

I found your blog thru doggybloggy and I am glad I did. This salad is phenomenal and I am going to follow along.

~~louise~~ said...

Looks like the tri-state area has finally found the sun! What a perfect dish to celebrate! How clever to serve it in a martini glass. Simply elegant. Thanks for sharing Stacy:)

Kendra said...

This looks fabulous! Can't wait to give it a try!

Proud Italian Cook said...

Your photos look so inviting Stace! So summery. A great light dish to go with the heat. I like your touch of dijon too. I've seen a frozen seafood mix at Sam's Club before. Anywhere else? TJ's?

LaDue & Crew said...

Gorgeous! I love the curl of purple- so elegant! Sounds so delicious.

Jamie said...

Wow this looks so wonderful. I never think to buy frozen seafood and I don't know why. This is one terrific salad and the dressing is perfect.

CaptnRachel aka Tha Pizza Cutta said...

superb for summer!

Paulie Gee said...

Next time you come to my house for a pizza tasting, that seaford salad is the price of admission. Winter, Spring, Summer or Fall.

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