Bean and Shrimp Summer Salad
  • 25 mint leaves (or basil leaves)
  • ¼ cup chopped chives leaves
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 5 tablespoon olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 15 ounce can cannelloni beans, rinsed and drained well
  • 1 lb green beans, cut into 2 inch pieces
  • 1 to 1+1/2 lb extra large raw shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • mixed salad greens - optional
  1. Bring a small pot of water to a boil. Add mint leaves and blanch for about 20 seconds. Drain and add to a food processor or blender. If using basil leaves you can skip the blanching step. Add chives to mint in food processor and process until a smooth puree. With food processor on, slowly add olive oil and lemon juice, scrape down the sides and continue to process until smooth. Taste and season with salt and pepper. Set aside.
  2. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add green beans and cook for about 5 to 7 minutes. They should be cooked but have a bit of crunch left in them. Drain well and place in a large serving bowl.
  3. Meanwhile, heat broiler and place oven rack in top third of oven - about 5 inches from heat.
  4. Place shrimp on a baking sheet and toss with 2 tablespoons of olive oil, minced garlic, salt, and pepper. Toss to coat well and spread shrimp out in an even layer. Broil shrimp for about 1 to 1+1/2 minutes per side until they are pink and just firm to the touch. Remove from oven and add to the bowl with the green beans.
  5. Add drained cannelloni beans to bowl with green beans and shrimp. Pour dressing over and toss to coat. Season with salt, pepper, and a squeeze of lemon juice if necessary.
  6. If serving with mixed salad greens, toss salad greens with a tablespoon of olive oil and a squeeze of lemon juice. Place salad greens on plate and top with a heaping mound of beans and shrimp. Serve warm or chilled. With or without salad greens. I honestly have forgone the salad greens and enjoy chilled. You have options.
  7. Store covered in fridge.
Recipe by Fork Vs Spoon at