Shrimp Salad with Green Onion and Goat Cheese Dressing

A delicious shrimp salad topped with creamy goat cheese dressing and lemon zest.

By Chip Brantley

Photography by Peter Frank Edwards

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Serves: 6

This creamy dressing would also be delicious on poached chicken breasts or salmon. Make sure to zest the lemon before juicing it.

Ingredients

For dressing:

  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup crumbled soft mild goat cheese
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons lemon zest
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh chives
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh green onions
  • Salt and pepper to taste
     

For salad:

  • 1 pound large shrimp (18-24 count)
  • 8 ounces fresh arugula
  • Lemon slices to garnish (optional)
     

Directions
To make dressing:

1. In a medium bowl, whisk together all of the dressing ingredients until well
combined. Set aside.

To make salad:

1. Fill a large bowl halfway with cold water and add several ice cubes; set aside.

2. Fill a large stockpot three-quarters full of salted water and bring to a boil.

3. Add the shrimp and boil for 3 minutes, or until bright pink.

4. Drain and immediately plunge shrimp into the ice water for a few minutes, to stop the cooking process.

5. Drain and cut shrimp into 1/2-inch pieces.

6. Add shrimp to dressing and stir to coat.

7. Line a large, shallow salad bowl or serving plate with arugula and top with shrimp.

8. Garnish with lemon slices if desired.

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