Strawberry-Almond Shrimp Salad with Blood Orange Vinaigrette

Let’s take a trip.

Strawberry-Almond Shrimp Salad with Blood Orange Vinaigrette | The Housewife in Training FIles

Pack your bags. We are outta here.

I am craving warm weather, especially with Mother Nature finally showing her pleasant side. She has finally graced us with a pretty good stint of warm weather.

Only to have snow and a lovely high on 47 degrees today. Mother Nature you are a piece.

Strawberry-Almond Shrimp Salad with Blood Orange Vinaigrette | The Housewife in Training FIles

This past weekend was absolutely gor-ge-ous here in KC. I mean like flip flops, shorts, sun dress wearing weather.  I think every single human being was beaming with giddiness as the sun kissed their cheeks. I know I was.

Friday evening we hit up one of our favorite restaurants in KC with my best friend and her husband. Luckily, we snagged a patio table. It was the only way to go on such a beautiful day. While at dinner, we got to talking. Another of our best friends lives in Hawaii. While my best friend has been out to see her a few times, I have yet to visit. (I know, hard to believe right?) Well, that is all about to change.  That night we made it official and we are headed to land of Mai Tai’s and lei’s next spring to visit our best friend. Surprise Kelly and Patrick!

Strawberry-Almond Shrimp Salad with Blood Orange Vinaigrette | The Housewife in Training FIles

This chick can hardly contain herself!  Traveling is something I honestly love to do, yet do not do it near enough. That needs to change.

And oh boy is it going to!  Tropical destinations just make my heart sing.

Swim suits.

Flip Flops.

Cute cover ups.

Cabana boys delivering my next margarita.

Who can say no?

Strawberry-Almond Shrimp Salad with Blood Orange Vinaigrette | The Housewife in Training FIles

Luckily the future hubs and I don’t have to stay put much over the next year. Traveling is definitely in our future.

From our honeymoon in Riviera Maya in July (3 months!!), to an adults only vacation with my family in January, then off to Hawaii with our best friends in February. I am going to forget what snow is.

And I am okkkkkaaaaayyyy with that!

Strawberry-Almond Shrimp Salad with Blood Orange Vinaigrette | The Housewife in Training FIles

So what does all that have to do with a salad? Uhhh…..

Shrimp is so fresh (so clean, clean…) and reminds me of eating dinner while looking over the ocean. All the vibrant fruit just scream spring and warm weather since they are all coming in season again and I just cannot stay away. I try to find any way to incorporate more fruits and vegetables in our meals as I can. And adding them to salads is my favorite way to jazz them up; rather than just chowing down on a big bowl of strawberries. Which is delicious by all means, but throwing them in salads, if you haven’t picked up on that by now, rates pretty darn high on my list.

Crunch and salty, smoked almonds add some major crunch and the creamy goat cheese adds a slight tang to the whole dish. And the dressing is amazing. It is tangy and citrusy due to the fresh blood orange juice (another favorite of the season!). Then the rest of the dressing is rather simple – olive oil, champagne vinegar, shallot, salt, pepper, and honey to tie it all together.

This salad is vibrant, fresh and so refreshing you will just think you are sitting ocean side, all while waiting for your cabana boy to bring your next cocktail!

Strawberry-Almond Shrimp Salad with Blood Orange Vinaigrette | The Housewife in Training FIles

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Strawberry-Almond Shrimp Salad with Blood Orange Vinaigrette
 
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A vibrant salad with roasted shrimp, packed with fresh fruit, creamy goat cheese and roasted almonds and topped with a sweet citrus dressing made from blood oranges and sweetened with honey. This salad is colorful, healthy, and delicious!
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Recipe type: Salad
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 1 lb raw shrimp (21-25 count), deveined and tails off
  • ½ Tbsp olive oil
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp pepper
  • 8 cups fresh baby spinach
  • ½ cup red grapes, halved
  • ½ cup strawberries, sliced thin
  • 1 green apple, chopped
  • ¼ cup golden raisins
  • 4 oz crumbled goat cheese
  • ¼ cup smoked almonds
  • Dressing:
  • Juice of 3 blood oranges, about ¼ cup
  • Zest of 1 blood orange
  • 1 Tbsp champagne vinegar
  • ½ Tbsp minced shallots
  • 1 tsp dijon mustard
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • ⅛ tsp salt
  • ⅛ tsp pepper
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Place shrimp on a sheet pan, pat dry with paper towel then drizzle with the olive oil, then sprinkle salt and pepper on top. Toss together.
  3. Spread the shrimp into one layer and roast for 8 - 10 minutes, just until pink, firm and cooked through. Allow to cool for 3 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, make the dressing. Combine juice, zest, vinegar, shallots and dijon mustard. Whisk in olive oil slowly until fully incorporated. Season with salt and pepper.
  5. In large bowl, assemble the salad. Lay spinach on bottom. Then add fruit, cheese and almonds. Add dressing and toss together gently. Divide among 4 plates and top with shrimp. Serve immediately.
Notes
*You can you other size shrimp, but make sure to adjust the cooking time to account for larger or smaller shrimp*

Strawberry-Almond Shrimp Salad with Blood Orange Vinaigrette | The Housewife in Training FIles

Comments

  1. says

    I saw your pic on Instagram! Looks so healthy and sooo good with sooo many of my favorite things! Will have to try it! I will be pinning it.

  2. says

    Gah, I’m so jealous!! haha I need a vacation so bad right now : ) But it’s not gonna happen so I’ll just live through you, okay?? This salad looks great – I mean with strawberries and goat cheese …. delicious!

    • says

      We haven’t traveled much besides to the lake during the summer which is nice, but I want a real vacay!! And sounds good…I can share :)
      And thanks lady! Isn’t strawberries and goat cheese the best?

  3. says

    This salad is beautiful!! and nowww I’m ready to pack my bags and join you on all of these vacations! oh you have no idea how badly I need one! Enjoy your honeymoon!! I can’t even wait to hear more about your wedding! eek! so exciting!! xo

    • says

      Thanks lady!! Well you can tag along – and we can sip margaritas together! And thanks love! I am sure you will be hearing about the wedding more and more as it draws closer :) xoxo

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