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If there’s one thing I’ve learned in my culinary adventures, it’s that sometimes the most delightful dishes are born from simplicity. Today, I’m excited to share a recipe that embodies this philosophy: an Easy Shrimp Salad with Remoulade Sauce. This delectable dish strikes the perfect balance between convenience and gourmet flavor, making it a must-try for any seafood enthusiast.
Shrimp salads have a timeless appeal, and for good reason. Their tender, succulent texture pairs beautifully with a medley of crisp, fresh vegetables. What sets this recipe apart, though, is the creamy and tangy Remoulade sauce that elevates it to a whole new level of deliciousness.
Video: Watch Me Make An Easy Shrimp Salad with Remoulade
What Is Remoulade Sauce?
So, what exactly is Remoulade sauce? Hailing from the culinary heart of Louisiana, Remoulade is an amalgamation of mayonnaise, chili sauce, horseradish, herbs, and spices. This sauce boasts a rich history, with variations found in French, Creole, and Cajun cuisines. In our shrimp salad, it plays the role of the flavorful bridge that connects all the elements together.
What makes Remoulade sauce particularly enticing on this salad is its ability to cut through the natural sweetness of the shrimp while adding layers of complexity to each bite. The creaminess of the mayonnaise harmonizes with the sharpness of the horseradish creating a symphony of flavors. I often add a tablespoon of chopped capers to give it even more of a brine-y bite.
Use Precooked Shrimp To Save Time
Now, the best part about this recipe is its ease. We’re all about keeping things simple and convenient here. By using precooked shrimp, you’ll cut down on prep time without compromising on taste. This means that in no time at all, you can serve up a restaurant-quality shrimp salad that looks as good as it tastes.
If you want to start with raw shrimp, you certainly can. You’ll just need to boil them for a few minutes in water, stock or (my favorite) beer with some Old Bay seafood seasoning. But if your grocery store has pre-cooked and peeled shrimp, I’m all for using the shortcut.
As for the salad ingredients, you can use whatever you have on hand, but I love the contrast of the crisp greens with creamy avocado and the tangy remoulade sauce. It’s one of my favorite flavor combinations.
Whether you’re looking for a quick weekday dinner or a delightful appetizer for a gathering with friends, this Easy Shrimp Salad with Remoulade Sauce is the answer. It’s a testament to the fact that sometimes, the most extraordinary culinary experiences can be created (almost) effortlessly.
Shrimp salad with remoulade strikes the perfect balance between convenience and flavor. Succulent shrimp pairs beautifully with a medley of crisp, fresh vegetables and the creamy and tangy Remoulade sauce elevates it to a whole new level of deliciousness.
FOR THE SALAD
salad greens (romaine, bibb lettuce, or mixed greens)
carrots (chopped or shredded)
green onion (finely chopped)
Feel free to add any other vegetables that you like
cooked and peeled shrimp (leave whole or chop)
1/2cup Chili Sauce
2 – 3 tablespoons horseradish
(optional) 1 tablespoon chopped capers
juice of half a lemon
salt and pepper
(optional) fresh chopped chives
Prepare your salad in a large bowl or on individual plates.
Mix all remoulade sauce ingredients together.
Top salad with the remoulade sauce.
Store any unused remoulade sauce in the refrigerator for up to a week.