Sunday, October 21, 2012

Warm Arugula, Shrimp and Tomato Salad

Guess what?

I have officially started applying to jobs. I have hopes that by the time I graduate I will have secured a job and therefore decide where to live for the next few years. As of now I have no make-it-or-break-it preference regarding a city or country.

My work-related thoughts are all jumbled up at the moment and I'm experiencing the true senior anxiety of what to do once classes are over. Sure, it's only October people tell me, but in my calendar, October and May are not too far apart--especially considering how quickly time is passing by.

But here's to hoping that I will soon find my way in the realm of one of my many passions. For now, I will keep cooking my anxiety away. Cue corny music in the background.

Today I was feeling for something flavorful and fresh. I didn't want to make another salad though, so I decided to go with a warm arugula, tomato and shrimp recipe that grabbed my attention a few months ago. The recipe is simple and quick but the combination of lime and tomato juice is delicious. Cooking the tomatoes before the shrimp ensures they become tender and juicy; when you add the shrimp, there is enough moisture to allow them to cook without drying out. Finally, the addition of arugula adds yet another layer to the dish.

Warm Arugula, Shrimp and Cherry Tomato Salad (adapted from FOOD by Martha Stewart)
Active time: 10 minutes. Total time 15 minutes.
Makes 3-4 servings

  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil, 
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon shallots, finely chopped
  • 1 lb. large shrimp
  • 6 oz. baby arugula
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  1. In a large skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add tomatoes and cook, stirring often until they become very soft and blister, about 2 minutes. Add shallot and cook for about 1 more minute. 
  2. Add shrimp and cook, stirring, until opaque, about 5 minutes. 
  3. Lower heat and add arugula. Toss for 1 minute or until just wilted. Remove from heat and add lemon juice; toss to combine. Serve warm.

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