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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Scandinavian Shrimp Salad



From the kitchen of One Perfect Bite... This lovely salad is inspired by those that are served in Scandinavia during the summer months. I classify it as a summer salad because it uses fresh dill heads and they are a seasonal ingredient. The heads, seen to the left, are more strongly flavored than the feathery fronds you can always find in your grocer's produce aisle. They are used primarily for pickle making. They have a wonderful fragrance that is as easily identifiable as that of tarragon or cilantro. The salad defines simplicity, both in its use of ingredients, and the effort required to make it. Cooked shrimp, from the fish market, can be used to make it if you are running short of time. I tend to use less mustard in this dish than many others do. I like dill to be the dominant background flavor in this salad and it already has to compete with the strong flavors of the cornichons and capers. A little mustard, here, will go a long, long way. We are talking shrimp, not hot dogs. I like to serve the salad as a topper for open faced sandwiches. It can, of course, also be served on a bed of lettuce if you would prefer. I know those of you who try this salad will love it. The shrimp and cucumbers give it lovely texture and it is truly a gift from the sea. Here's the recipe.

Scandinavian Shrimp Salad...from the kitchen of One Perfect Bite inspired by Bon Appetit

Ingredients:
1/3 cup mayonnaise
1 tablespoon water or stock
1/4 cup fresh dill heads, chopped
1 to 3 teaspoons Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 pound medium-size shrimp, peeled, deveined and cooked
1 cup sliced English cucumbers, halved lengthwise and cut crosswise into thin slices
1/3 cup cornichons (gherkins), sliced
1 tablespoon capers, drained and rinsed

Directions:
Thin mayonnaise with water or stock. Add dill, Dijon mustard to taste and lemon juice; whisk to combine. Add shrimp, cucumber, cornichons and capers; toss to coat. Season generously with salt and pepper. Yield: 4 servings.









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55 comments:

Ginny said...

This pink and green salad is so pretty, wouldn't it be nice at a bridal shower? I love dill and use it often.

Dzoli said...

We call them prawn and it really looks tatsy the way you presented it here:))

mia xara said...

Very nice salad indeed,Mary!I would gladly have it in a wrap too!

cookingvarieties said...

hi mary, blog walk from angies.. wow the shrimp salad with cucumber added is perfect for my taste buds. i can eat half of what you served in the photo :) glad i came, will be back, you have a great blog.

Ah Tze said...

gorgeous shrimp salad!! It looks really yummy!

Koek! said...

Oh my gosh - that looks like the PERFECT salad with which to celebrate spring... Delicious!

Robyn x

Priya said...

Yumm, makes me drool..

Food, Fun and Life in the Charente said...

Mmmmmmm mouth watering. Take care Diane

Merisi Vienna said...

Thank you for this recipe! I was at IKEA last night and bought several bags of their frozen shrimp, caught in the North-Atlantic. Now I know how to prepare them.

Aldy @ Al Dente Gourmet said...

Beautiful Scandinavian salad- Dill sounds utterly delectable! Love that first shot, Mary :)

Hugs,

Aldy.

Maris (In Good Taste) said...

This is such a lovely salad. It would be great a s a sandwich also!

Pegasuslegend said...

This is outstanding just love it!

Sue/the view from great island said...

This salad looks so refreshing and it really has a strong Scandinavian feel. I love recipes like this because they broaden my thinking. Cornichons, dill heads and capers completely transform my idea of shrimp salad, thanks!

Inspired by eRecipeCards said...

Beautiful photos, love the cucmbers used in this

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

Oh, I'm excited about this one!! Looks like it will be a perfect comfort in this blazing heat that continues to oppress us! Yea! Thank you, Mary. blessings ~ tanna

We Are Not Martha said...

Ooh this is my ideal dinner! Shrimp with dijon is SUCH a good idea :) And the salad is so pretty, too!

Sues

Clint said...

Oh. My. God. This looks awesome!

Allie said...

Love all the fresh flavors in there! I can't wait to try this next time shrimp on on sale.

Jenn said...

I've been on quite the shrimp kick lately...can't wait to try this! Love dill and mustard together. It looks beautiful!

Kim said...

This is a lovely saldad Mary. I hope you're having a great day!

Anna A. said...

Mmmmm I just went to a Scandinavian brunch hot spot in pdx called Broder this past weekend.. so good. I am super curious about Scandinavian cuisine these days. Love that mustard and shrimps combo!

Karen S Booth said...

Stunning photos and a beautifully written post! Nothing less than I expect from you Cathy ~ just lovely!
Karen

From the Kitchen said...

I'm catching up on my favorite blogs this morning. Just finished listening to the beautiful Finnish anthem. Most appropriate since I just read an article on Finland's remarkable public schools in the September Smithsonian. Now I'm off to check a little further into the delicious offerings from you before I make my grocery list.

Best,
Bonnie

claire said...

Wow! That looks amazing! It could be straight out of a magazine! :)

Merisi said...

I made the salad for lunch today. I used yogurt instead of the mayo, but added a bit of olive oil. Everybody loved it! Thank you for the inspiration!

N.B.: Careful with the salt. The shrimp I used were precooked and quite salty.

Emily Malloy said...

Delicious!

Rita said...

For me, Scandinavian food meals true comfort and mild goodness. Your recipe certainly reflexes this.
Rita

At Anna's kitchen table said...

That looks so lovely and fresh!

lena said...

great looking shrimp salad and dills heads, never come across them here. Thanks for showing us the photo.

Cooking Creation said...

My mouth started watering the moment I saw the first photo. Love the addition of cucumber. I could eat this every day and not get tired of it! Hope you're enjoying your week!

1recette1minute said...

Your "Scandinavian Shrimp Salad" looks delicious!!!
I'm a follower now, have a nice day:D

Claudia said...

I have never paired shrimp with dill - love the idea, the presentation and the summer salad. I do treasure these gifts from the sea.

yummychunklet said...

I love shrimp salad. This looks like a really unique way to prepare it!

Rhonda said...

I did not grow up getting this salad like I did the cucumber pickle, I might have to change that (I'm a sucker for anything with shrimp).

♥Sugar♥Plum♥Fairy♥ said...

HEy MAry , how are u ?
Think of ya often but dont end here as often but now i must , i can see how muc of deliciousness and love i missed around here!

The heads used in the pickle making sound very flavourful and intense and i would love those (a rare find here )!
Salad rocks babe , totally!!

Jenn @ Youknow...that Blog? said...

Looks phenomenal, Mary! Yum!

That Girl said...

I've never used dill heads but I bet they smell divine.

David said...

Mary, This is one great looking salad! My mouth is watering... Take Care, Big Daddy Dave

Choclette said...

Mary thank you, I would never have thought to use dillheads. We've had lots of dill this year, but most of it went to seed quite quickly, so I've just left it and enjoyed the wonderful flowers they produce. I will now wait for them to start turning to seed and try them green. Your salad sounds right up my street - delicious.

Joanne said...

I've seen many different types of salad before but never shrimp! This looks so delicious!

Young Adventures... said...

We love shrimp in our family! Everyone would love this recipe. I can't wait to try it! Thanks for sharing Mary.

Lizzy said...

Oh, your dilled shrimp salad looks marvelous! I could eat this 3 times a day~

Pondside said...

This is similar to another of TGD's favorites - yummy!
You know, last night I sat here sobbing after I clicked on your post about the choir singing Finlandia. I know the words in English and sang along for a bit, feeling a little foolish with my tears. It was really lovely, though.

Ryan said...

This is a beautiful salad, Mary! I have never seen this type of dill and will have to look for it as I love the flavor of dill in dishes. This salad sounds so light and delicious!

The Blonde Duck said...

Delicious!

Jeannie said...

Mary, this salad really appeals to me a lot visually:D I love shrimps and this salad looks really delicious!

Elaine said...

My dill has quite a few heads on it right now. This would be a perfect salad to use them in. Thank you, Mary!

Kelly said...

Shrimp is a favourite but I've not yet been treated to the delights of Scandinavian style shrimp... it looks flavourful and versatile - wonderful.

koralee said...

I could eat shrimp...all day every day. Looks amazing. xoxoxo

Valérie said...

I'd love to try making this with Nordic shrimp from Gaspésie...

Becki's Whole Life said...

This sounds great. I love the combo of shrimp and dill and I actually have some dill out back with the fronds on top!

Ciao Chow Linda said...

delicious summer salad yes, but I'd be glad to eat this any time of year.

The Harried Cook said...

This looks fabulous! I love shrimp and this salad looks so refreshing and tasty... I want to eat the whole plate! Thanks for sharing :)

Lucie said...

I love Scandinavian flavors--fresh yet ultra-packed with taste. You've showcased this beautifully here, Mary!

Merisi said...

Dearest Mary,
just a word of thank you, again.
Your shrimp salad will be served, again, for dinner tonight. Everybody loves it!
Hugs,
Merisi

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