I love eating shrimp prepared just about any way imaginable. I love them poached and grilled and in ceviche and everything in between. When I was at the fish market they had some great looking shrimp so I decided to grab some with no plan in mind. Once I got home I checked to see what we had on hand and I came up with this salad using sous vide shrimp.
For the salad I came up with a mishmash of things we had around the house. I grabbed some fresh red and green lettuce from the garden for the base of the sous vide shrimp salad. There were also some red and orange cherry tomatoes that were just ripening I added for sweetness and tartness.
I also love the flavor of mango with shrimp and we had one so I diced it up. I remembered we had some homemade habanero pepper and mango hot sauce (ours was extra sweet since we doubled the mangos in it) in the fridge so I grabbed that.
I wanted to add some crunch and texture to the sous vide shrimp so I diced a red bell pepper and got some sweet corn we had . Some white wine vinegar and olive oil would provide background flavors along with some lemon zest. Then I chopped up some of our fresh basil for the final topping.
I sprinkled the shrimp with a little paprika for flavor and used sous vide to cook them at 122°F (50°C) for about 25 minutes. Then I quickly pan fried them on one side to give them some added texture. You could always skip the pan frying, especially in a salad like this that is already full of textures. If you like your shrimp cooked a little more well done, particularly if you are going to skip the quick fry, then a temperature of 132°F (55.6°C) would be an option.
All the flavors went together really well and the sous vide shrimp turned out great. I love when unplanned meals come together so well. Feel free to experiment and tweak this recipe for anything you have on hand, especially if it's fresh from the garden.
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