Saturday, February 28

Mexican Shrimp Cocktail and Linky Party #217

It's been awhile since I've shared a recipe. At our house, we love Mexican food! This Mexican inspired recipe can be used as and appetizer for guests or in a larger portion as a light meal. 

It's really simple to prepare. I keep a bag of frozen, cooked, shelled, tail-on shrimp in my freezer.
I heat 1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil in a non-stick pan and add 1 teaspoon of chili powder. I cook the frozen shrimp, whatever amount I happen to want, stirring occasionally, until pink, I refrigerate the shrimp while I make the rest of the recipe.
The fun part is, that there's really no set measuring with the ingredients and you can use whatever you like or happen to have on hand. I diced up cucumber, radish, tomato, green onion and cilantro.
I minced up fresh garlic to taste and added capers. For the dressing I used the caper brine from the jar, extra virgin olive oil and freshly squeezed lime. I don't add salt, but you can if you want to.
I toss it all together in a bowl and chill.

Just prior to serving, I dice up and add an avocado, toss and top with shrimp.

Some of you are pros when it comes to avocado's and some of you may be new to them. They seem unusual at first, but if you give them a try, you'll quickly fall in love with them!

First, slice the avocado long ways around the outside and twist open with your hands.
Now open it up and chop down with a knife into the pit, twist and lift out. Discard pit.
I know I'm holding the avocado half in my hand, but it's safer to set it on your cutting board. Using the tip of your knife. slice one direction then another to make squares. Try not to slice through the skin.

Scoop out the flesh with a spoon. Easy peasy.
Toss with a little lemon juice, about 1/2 tablespoon per avocado, to prevent from turning brown.
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  1. Your shrimp cocktail looks yummy! Thanks for hosting!

  2. This looks soooo yum! Nom. Nom. :)
    Thank you for hosting!

  3. Your shrimp cocktail looks soooooo good. Thanks for the tip on removing the pit. Thanks Mary for Linky Party 217.

  4. Thank you for the feature! Looking forward to seeing what everyone has to share this week!

  5. I love the recipe. Thanks for sharing. Lots of inspirational features.
    Have a great week ahead.

  6. The shrimp cocktail is a must try and also some great features this week! Thanks for much for hosting. Jane

  7. Wow, that Mexican shrimp cocktail looks phenomenal! My new favorite foods are avocado and cilantro. Win, win!

  8. That looks really yummy! Thanks for the recipe and for hosting....Christine

  9. Hi, Mary. Your Mexican shrimp reminded me about that recipe, and I happen to have avocados and shrimp! Guess what's on the menu for tomorrow? :) The features are great this week too. Thanks for hosting! ~Zuni

  10. Thanks for the party. Your recipe looks amazing! Hope you have a nice week.

  11. Hello Cute Lady! It is always a pleasure to be a part of your party. Thank you. I would love it if you would stop by our party that starts tonight at 7 pm. We pin and tweet everything.
    Happy Monday! Lou Lou Girls

  12. Oh my, that cocktail looks divine! One of my favorite appetizers. My sil taught me that avocado trick a few years ago. So easy, but I had not thought of doing it that way before. Thanks for the party!

  13. Wow, Mary, that is a gorgeous shrimp cocktail and I know I will be making this! I'll be sure to share pics when I do. Your shots are beautiful! You should be sharing recipes more often. Shrimp is definitely one of my favourites and I've often joked about changing the name of my blog to Simply Shrimp, lol. Thanks for a great dish :)

  14. PS. Thanks a million for the feature! So much appreciated, friend.

  15. Hi Mary, Thanks so much for the feature. Your shrimp cocktail looks divine! Blessings, Cecilia

  16. Thank you so much for the Feature, Mary! That is so awesome to be included with this group of talented ladies!