Classic Greek Salad with Shrimp

Classic Greek Salad with Shrimp: A hearty helping of plump, pan-seared shrimp turns a simple Greek-style salad topped with feta cheese and Kalamata olives into a deliciously satisfying dinner.

Adding plump, pan-seared shrimp to a classic Greek-style salad of romaine lettuce, red onion, tomatoes, Kalamata olives and feta cheese turns a tasty side dish into a light, yet satisfying dinner.


Classic Greek Salad with Shrimp

Prep Time: 15 minutes Cook Time: 5 minutes Yield: 4 servings

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Yield: 4 servings

  • Ingredients:
  • 1 lb jumbo (16-20/lb) shrimp, peeled and deveined (tails left on)
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 medium head romaine lettuce, washed and torn into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 cucumber, peeled and sliced
  • 4 thin slices red onion, separated into rings
  • 4 ounces crumbled Feta cheese
  • 2 ripe tomatoes, cored and cut into wedges
  • 1 cup pitted Kalamata olives, sliced
  • 4 lemon wedges (optional)
  • For the dressing:
  • 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon Dijon-style mustard
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano, crushed
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Preparation:
To prepare the dressing, whisk the olive oil, lemon juice, red wine vinegar, mustard, garlic and oregano together in a small bowl. Season to taste with salt and pepper and set aside.

Lightly season the shrimp with salt, pepper and oregano. Heat the olive oil in a frying pan over medium-high heat and add the shrimp in a single layer. Cook until firm and opaque, 1-1/2 minutes per side. Remove from the heat, drizzle with lemon juice and set aside to cool.

Divide the lettuce between 4 dinner plates and top with equal portions of cucumber, red onion, feta cheese, tomatoes and olives. Add a portion of shrimp to each plate, drizzle with dressing and serve immediately.

Recipe Variation:
This recipe can just as easily be made with chicken. Simply substitute 12 chicken tenderloins for the shrimp, season and cook according to the directions above, increasing the cooking time to 2-1/2 to 3 minutes per side.

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