Monday, April 5, 2010

Working Mom Meals #10: California-Style Chopped Salad

I have been a bad blogger the past two weeks. I have not posted Working Mom Meals.  Well they are back again and hopefully you will enjoy this meal.  I do, in fact, we are having this tonight.

It's an easy, tasty salad perfect for a night when you are short on time or just don't feel like cooking. 
This recipe is courtesy of and GiadaDe Laurentiis



1 head romaine lettuce, trimmed and halved lengthwise
1 ear corn, husk and silk removed
2 zucchini, halved lengthwise
6 colossal or 12 extra-large shrimp, peeled and deveined
Olive oil, for drizzling
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1/2 head butter lettuce, torn
2 medium tomatoes, chopped into 1/2-inch pieces
1 avocado, halved, pitted, peeled and diced

3 tablespoons lemon juice
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 1/2 tablespoons  honey
salt and freshly ground black pepper

2 cups store-bought tortilla strips

For the salad: Heat a grill pan over medium-high heat or preheat a gas or charcoal grill. In a large bowl add the romaine lettuce, corn, zucchini, and shrimp and drizzle with olive oil. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Grill the romaine lettuce, turning occasionally, until crisp-tender and browned in spots, about 2 minutes. Coarsely chop the grilled lettuce and add it to a large salad bowl. Grill the corn and zucchini for 2 minutes on all sides until crisp-tender. Remove the kernels from the corn and add to the salad bowl. Chop the zucchini into 1/2-inch pieces and add to the bowl. Grill the shrimp until the meat is opaque and cooked through, about 2 to 3 minutes on each side. Cool slightly and cut into 1/2-inch pieces. Add the chopped shrimp, butter lettuce, tomatoes, and avocado to the bowl.

For the dressing: In a small bowl, whisk together the lemon juice, olive oil and honey until smooth. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.

Pour the dressing over the salad and toss until all the ingredients are coated. Garnish with tortilla strips and serve.


Liz said...

Looking forward to trying this one! :) Sounds yummy and easy - my kind of combo!

Liz said...

Looking forward to trying this one! :) Sounds yummy and easy - my kind of combo!

Liz said...

Tried it tonight - YUMMO! hubby loved it too :)