Watermelon Shrimp Salad

Andrew, Mom and I decided to take a road trip to do a little shopping at a nearby outlet mall a few weeks ago.

After a full day of shopping, we decided to do what any normal people would do….find a restaurant, eat something delicious and revel (or regret) all our purchases.

Now unfortunately when I go to a restaurant, I don’t want the healthy salad… or healthy anything for that matter. I want the fries. All the fries. Sometimes only fries…loaded with gravy and cheese.

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But I’ve been trying to make healthier choices. I mean I am going to live in a summer-all-year-round country very soon…no hiding in comfy cozy sweaters. I need to get a hold of things.

So I chose (begrudgingly) the salad.

I could not have been happier with my choice.

Shrimp Watermelon Salad

 

So of course, once I got home, I just had to find a way to reproduce this deliciousness. And because Pinterest has everything right at your fingertips, I found a recipe that looked very close to what I ate a Brewsters.

All you need to make this incredible dish is

  • Oranges
  • Lemons
  • Honey
  • Arugula
  • Mint
  • Feta cheese
  • Shrimp
  • Almonds
  • Watermelon
  • Shallots
  • Salt, pepper and cayenne pepper

I started by marinating the shrimp. I waffled with how to flavor the shrimp, but finally decided to just keep it simple- I used the same dressing recipe that I was going to use to dress the salad.

Shrimp Watermelon Salad

In a Ziploc bag, I put

  • 1 bag cooked thawed shrimp
  • 1/2 cup fresh squeezed orange juice
  • 1/2 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1/2 a diced shallot
  • salt and pepper
  • Dash of cayenne pepper (depending how spicy you like things)

I let this hang out in the fridge for an hour or so.

To put the salad together I dressed a container of baby arugula (peppery greens that are complimented nicely with the sweetness of the watermelon and dressing) and some fresh chopped mint with the same dressing recipe as above (minus the cayenne)

Shrimp Watermelon Salad

On top of the arugula and mint, I crumbled some feta cheese

Shrimp Watermelon Salad

Threw some salted almonds in

Shrimp Watermelon Salad

Places some cubed watermelon on, and a shrimp on top of each of those.

Shrimp Watermelon Salad

Doesn’t it look pretty?

Shrimp Watermelon Salad

The Verdict- I could eat this salad every day! It is so amazing…and so beautiful!

 

 

 

Crab Cakes

On April 9, 2017 our whole world changed with a phone call.

It’s never good when the phone rings at 4:45 in the morning, and I remember telling Andrew to get out of bed even before I answered it…I knew it couldn’t be good.

And it wasn’t.

We raced to the hospital only to be ushered past the nurses desk into the room with couches and Kleenex…

My dad hadn’t survived the heart attack he had.

We spent the next two weeks grieving, mourning and planning his funeral.

It is crazy how quickly life can change and how it re-frames your perspective on life.

My dad was a great man. He was tough and expected a lot out of everyone, but he loved us a great deal…even if he didn’t always know how to show it.

 

My sister and I gave the eulogy at his funeral. it wasn’t even a question, I knew he would have wanted us to do it. Every time I read through it at home, I would cry…but the day of the funeral we made it through with only a few tears and wobble in our voices. Dad would have been proud.

I miss him.

I’ll miss the jokes he told (even though we had heard them a million times and rolled our eyes every time he told them), I’ll miss the stories (even though I’d heard them a million times too), I’ll miss the music he played and how he always called me “sweetie”.

And I’ll miss looking at my blog stats and knowing dad was on there, rereading about the trips we took as a family and how he used to (not so silently) edit my posts. He made sure I knew the mistakes I made…

I’m sad he never got to see this post, because crab cakes were one of his favourite foods.

He tried them wherever we went and was fiercely critical when they did not live up to his standards.

I know he would have had something to say about mine….but I’d like to think he would have secretly liked them.

Crab Cakes

In a bowl I mixed together the following ingredients:

  • 3 cans crab meat (I’m sure you could use frozen or fresh…but I didn’t)
  • 1 egg
  • 3 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp sriracha
  • 3 tbsp mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup panko bread crumbs
  • green onions chopped
  • 3 tbsp parsley

Crab Cakes

I formed it into 9 patties and baked them in the oven for 25 minutes and then broiled them a bit to get them crispy. You can also fry these in some oil in a frying pan if you prefer.

Crab Cakes

I served mine with a salad.

Crab Cakes

The Verdict- Andrew took a bite, looked at me and said “I think your dad would have been proud…”

I think dad would have found them a little too spicy and not nearly crunchy enough, but the sentiment is nice.

Next time I think I would try frying them to see if they get a little more crunchy. I topped mine with a little sriracha mayo which was delicious, but I guess you could use any of your favourite dipping sauces. I will definitely make these again, if for no other reason than they remind me of my dad.