This continues my search for different ways to include common salad ingredients on a salad.
I have really come to enjoy shrimp boil, a super casual meal especially common where shrimp are caught. I follow a recipe from Old Bay Seasoning that includes shrimp, smoked sausage, corn on the cob, potatoes, onions, and, of course, their seasoning. Now to adapt this for a salad without dumping all of this on a plate of lettuce.
It seemed to me that the shrimp and smoked sausage were the key ingredients and would work on a salad. And the onions were a major contributor to the flavor and would also be a good addition. These will be served hot on the salad, so crisp romaine is the best choice for the lettuce.
The dressing was obvious: A vinaigrette seasoned with…Old Bay Seasoning.
Shrimp boil salad
4 cups water
1/2 cup beer
2 tablespoons Old Bay Seasoning
1/2 medium onion, cut in half crossways, and then cut into eight wedges
1/2 cup smoked sausage, 3/8-inch slices cut in half
3/4 cup shrimp
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1/2 teaspoon Old Bay seasoning
Bring the water, beer, and Old Bay seasoning to the boil. Add the onion and sausage and simmer for 15 minutes. Add the shrimp and cook for 2 or 3 more minutes until the shrimp are pink and opaque. Strain the onions, sausage, and shrimp.
While cooking the shrimp boil, put the romaine on the plate. Whisk or shake in a small jar the oil, vinegar, mustard, and Old Bay seasoning. Spoon over the romaine.
Place the shrimp and sausage in the center of the salad and the onions on the rest of the romaine.