Friday, September 21, 2012

Koban's Shrimp and Avocado Salad

When you think rustic, when you think the mountains of Tennessee, a brisque fall breeze and the turning leaves of autumn...what instantly comes to mind?

Well if it isn't a shrimp and avocado salad than something is just wrong with you.

I kid!

On our recent girls trip to East Tennessee a friend of mine brought this delicious salad for us to have for lunch and it struck me how often I get caught up in what meal I think "fits" with my surroundings.  

Just because I am in a cabin draped in more plaid and floral prints then the law should allow for doesn't mean that I have to eat barbecue!  Just because I am not at the beach with the summer wind blowing through my sun-kissed hair doesn't mean I cannot enjoy some tasty seafood!

I sat around a wooden dinner table overlooking a puzzle that was from the 1970's (and was missing over 40 pieces once completed) and realized that this shrimp and avocado salad was just as delicious here as it would have been on the white beaches of Florida!

I hope, no matter where you find yourself, you too are able to enjoy this delicious dish!

Koban's Shrimp and Avocado Salad

1 lb jumbo cooked shrimp, peeled and deveined, chopped*
1 tablespoon olive oil
Dash of lemon juice
1/4 cup white wine
1 medium tomato, diced
1 hass avocado, diced
1 jalapeno, seeds removed, diced fine
1/4 cup chopped red onion
2 limes, juice of
1 tsp olive oil
1 tbsp chopped cilantro
salt and fresh pepper to taste

Saute the shrimp in a tablespoon of olive oil, lemon juice, white wine and a little salt and pepper.  Once the shrimp is pink remove from heat.  Chop the shrimp but retain the sauce in the pan for later.

In a small bowl combine red onion, lime juice, olive oil, pinch of salt and pepper. 
Let them marinate at
least 5 minutes to mellow the flavor of the onion.
In a large bowl combine chopped shrimp (along with the sauce from the pan), avocado, tomato, jalapeƱo. 
Combine all the ingredients
together, add cilantro and gently toss. 
Adjust salt and pepper to taste.
Makes 3 1/2 cups.
Here are some of the photos from our trip!

Evidently we city-girls we not familiar with the severity of the bear situation when it pertains to the garbage!  Sheesh!!
Koban felt the need to go check out the old out house in which Michael Myers is clearly going to pop and kill someone!
Don't worry, she will karate chop him into the next century!
Or just freak out that a spider jumped out at her and run back to her friends!
There were so many beautiful wildflowers to take photos of that I got left behind on our nature walk because I kept stopping!
It was worth it!
Even missing 43 pieces we were not deterred and the puzzle was completed before we left Sunday!

Then it was clearly time to play dress up in anything and EVERYTHING we could find around the house!
Here is our "serious" pose....just go with me on this one
Very dramatic....can't you tell?
Needless to say it was the perfect weekend getaway!
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