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Gia-Gina Across the Pond

So I've decided to follow my husband to his native Italy. Follow our adventures as we eat, drink, travel, adapt to and explore this remarkable country. Part food blog, part photo blog but mostly my rants and raves. After our two years in Italy, we relocated across the Atlantic "pond" and are back in the States.

Monday, September 18, 2006

Shrimp, Grapefruit and Pomegranate Salad

We had some dinner guests over last night and I was craving shrimp. This super simple salad hit the spot.

Shrimp, Grapefruit and Pomegranate Salad
-Serves 4 as a starter

1 large red grapefruit, cut into sections, and the juiced (save the juice)
1/2 pomegranate, (pick out seeds and set aside)
1/2 an avocado (thinly sliced)
About 5 med.-large shrimps per person
juice and rind of 1 lime
slivers of mint
honey to taste
bit of grated ginger

1. Clean and prepare shrimp, season with salt, pepper, a few drops of chili oil, a 1/2 t. grated ginger, a bit of lime juice and set aside.

2. To make the sauce for the shrimp, combine lime and grapefruit juice in a small saucepan and reduce by half. Add honey to taste, when the sauce has a nice balance of sour and sweet, add a bit of grated ginger, 1/2 of the pomegranate seeds and the lime rind. Reduce to a thick syrup, like honey and then set aside.

3. Now prepare the plates with slivers of avocado and grapefruit. Sear the shrimp on high heat in a grill pan for just 30-60 seconds per side and place on plate. Gently spoon the sauce in a thin line over the shrimp and the avocado/grapefruit.

4. Serve with garnishes of poppy seeds, slivered mint/cilantro, the rest of the pomegranate seeds and lime wedges. I think I am going to make this again next week.

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At 6:43 AM, Blogger Shirley said...

What a fabulous starter, the flavour must be divine with the combination of those ingredients.I will definately have to try it.

At 2:45 AM, Blogger american girl in italy said...

that looks tasty!

At 4:22 PM, Blogger Stelle In Italia said...

the picture is great, gina, and the dish is so inventive and summery! how do your pomegranates turn out? ours here in le marche are too pink for me--i keep looking for bright red ones, but the pink ones are all they've got, and they aren't very flavorful. oh well!


At 12:11 AM, Anonymous Peter in Turin said...

This sounds fantastic ... `i have been waiting for pomgranades to be in season again, but have not seen them yet. Guess I have to hit Porto Palazzo next week and look around there :)


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