Hey friends and Happy Wednesday!
I am gearing up for my mom visiting next week to go WEDDING DRESS SHOPPING and I’m really excited!
Ok so I have to share with you my new favorite summer meal!
This is one of my favorite “salad mixes!” Juicy fruit, crunchy veggies and bright cilantro make this gluten free and Specific Carb Diet friendly meal truly crave-worthy!
Here’s What You Need:
6 jumbo shrimp, halved
1 cup baby gem lettuce
1/4 red pepper, matchsticks
1/2 carrot, matchsticks
1/4 cucumber, matchsticks
1/2 mango, sliced
1 wedge pineapple, sliced
1/2 avocado, sliced
2 Tbsp cashews, chopped
1 Tbsp fresh cilantro
3 Tbsp EVOO (a good one!)
1 Tbsp Champagne vinegar
salt and pepper
Good chef’s knife
*Protip* The beauty in this salad comes from uniform knife cuts, and being able to see the different color blocks of the fruit and veggies, so if its ~aesthetic~ is something important to you, be try to cut everything the same size!
Place a bed of baby gem lettuce in a bowl. Top with your fruits and veggies. Garnish with cilantro and cashews.
Mix the olive oil, vinegar, salt and pepper separately, and then pour over the salad.
Take your photos, and then MIX MIX MIX! (Salads are always best when actually tossed with the dressing so every bite is evenly dressed, and the avocado coats everything!
Ok this salad hits the spot EVERY TIME!
This is no “wimpy salad!” It’s got protein in the shrimp, which is crucial if you want to make a salad a meal. It’s got healthy fat from the avocado and the cashews – ALSO vitally important if you don’t want to be hungry again 5 minutes later.
The fruit offer that beautiful juicy sweetness, the veggies are crunchy and the perfect vessel for that champagne vinaigrette.
Not to mention, it’s just gosh darn beautiful! You put this salad down in front of anyone and they will be stunned by its gorgeously colorful aesthetic!
It’s *almost* too pretty to eat!
So give this a try, I promise, it’ll become a favorite, just as it has become mine!
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20 responses to “Healthy Rainbow Gem Salad”
this dish looks so delicious, Caralyn, but I would omit the shrimp and avocado. Enjoy yor time with your mom next week, such a very special time for you both! ☺️❤️🙏🏻
Thank you John! You could definitely substitute chicken or steak, and goat cheese or hummus for the avocado! Aw thank you – we’re both very excited! Hugs and love xox
Steak, please! You are always so kind, my friend. Hugs and love back at you guys!
Now that looks good
Looks like a work of art!
Aw thank you so much Jenny! That’s too kind!! Hugs and love xox
You’re very welcome. Have a great weekend!
Beautiful! Though I’m not a fan of avocados, I love this dish. Excellent presentation❣👍
Thank you John! You could definitely substitute goat cheese or even hummus!! Hugs and love xox
Sounds and looks spectacular. Thanks for sharing.
Thank you Jan!! I appreciate it! It tasted delicious too!! Hehe Hugs and love xox
As usual, it looks and sounds great. Art.
Haha thank you Derek! I guess you could say I like to play with my food! Haha Hugs and love xox
You’re welcome Caralyn!!!
yum, yum, yum, so colorful and seemingly tasty… thanks for sharing
This looks so delicious and I’ve been eating a lot of salads recently and I think that this would be worth trying.
Very colourful with lots of different tastes and textures.
I hope that you enjoy your time with your mother next week and have a wonderful and memorable time.
My kinda salad! Happy hunting next week with your Mum.
I love it and will def try it sometime for sure when I get the time to do so! 🙂 God bless and may the best dress win! Haha! <3 xxoo
Once again you have created a masterpiece! You are so artistic with your food! What a beautiful salad, the colors and textures are fabulous. I love romaine hearts, but I had never heard of “baby gem lettuce” before and it looks and sounds absolutely delicious from what I learned on my google search! I hope to be able to find it in my area.
Please tell me, what are the white spaghetti-like shreds in the the white bowl at the top of the page? I do not find a mention of it in the ingredients or see it in the finished salad.
Have a wonderful time with your mother!
I love salads. Yum.