Grilled Shrimp and Pear Salad

A salad perfect for fall - Michelle Lara

A salad perfect for fall – Michelle Lara

I’m in love with the flavors of Fall and try to incorporate them in just about every meal during the season. This salad is light and refreshing yet filling enough for dinner.

Ingredients:

1 lb. of shrimp (peeled and de-veined)

salt and pepper

1/4 teaspoon of rosemary (if you have fresh on hand you can use it)

1/2 teaspoon of ground all spice

1 – 2 Bartlett pears

1/2 a cup of crumbled blue cheese

1/4 cup of pumpkin seeds (toast them if they aren’t roasted already)

1/4 cup of dried cranberries

your favorite salad greens (I used a mix of baby romaine and Mesclun)

For the vinaigrette:

1 1/2 tablespoons of balsamic vinegar

1 tablespoon of fresh orange juice

1/2 teaspoon of fresh lemon juice

1/4 cup of olive oil

3-4 teaspoons of honey

Directions:

Season your shrimp with salt, pepper, rosemary and all spice. While that is marinating prepare your vinaigrette by whisking together all the ingredients.  Thinly slice your pears (they don’t have to be fully ripe the grill will caramelize and sweeten them), grill them on a very hot grill till you get nice grill marks. Grill your shrimp till they pink up. Toast your pumpkin seeds in a hot pan for about a minute with salt (if the seeds you purchased are unsalted)  In a large salad bowl layer your greens, cranberries, pumpkin seeds and shrimp and about 1/4 of the vinaigrette. Gently toss and add the grilled pears and crumbled blue cheese last and drizzle the remaining vinaigrette.

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5 Responses to Grilled Shrimp and Pear Salad

  1. Robyn Lindars October 21, 2013 at 12:30 pm #

    I am loving this recipe Michelle! And the photo looks great too!

  2. Michelle Lara October 22, 2013 at 10:28 am #

    Thanks Robyn! It’s so tasty (+ filling) let me know if you try to make it :)

  3. Chris October 23, 2013 at 3:56 pm #

    I never really thought of shrimp as a fall seasonal dish but you just changed my mind with this.

  4. Greg October 25, 2013 at 9:26 am #

    This looks great. I think I’ll try this out next week once I get some pumpkin seeds from the jack o lantern.

    I may sub goat cheese for the blue.

    Thanks!
    Greg

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