No. 1 : Quick Recipe
Flavors of Sicily Shrimp Salad
- 2 LBs Shrimp, Peeled and Deveined
- ½ Cup Thinly Sliced *Red Onion
- ½ Cup Celery, Chopped Finely
- Sicilian Herb Sauce
- Butter Lettuce Leaves and Sliced Summer Ripe Tomatoes
- ½ Cup Sliced Green Onions
Toss the shrimp, onion and celery together in a large bowl. Drizzle on the herb sauce, adding as much as needed. Place on butter lettuce leaves with tomatoes, sprinkle on the green onions
*After slicing the onion, place in a colander and run cold water over the onion for a minute. Pat dry and use in the recipe – no sting but great onion flavor!
Sicilian Herb Sauce
- 2 Garlic Cloves, peeled
- 1 Tsp Sea Salt
- 1 Cup Greek Yogurt
- ¼ Cup Tahini
- 3 TB Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- 1 ½ Cups *Packed Leafy Herbs, like Basil, Tarragon, Parsley, Cilantro
- ½ Cup Coarsely Chopped Green Onions
- 2 TB Freshly Squeezed Lemon Juice, plus more if needed
- 2 TB Capers
- 3 Anchovy Fillets
- ¼ Tsp Cayenne Pepper
Put all the ingredients in to a blender. Taste and add more lemon juice as desired.
No. 2 : Kitchen SCOOP
When a recipe calls for *Packed Leafy Herbs it literally means what it says. Take the herbs and pack them into a cup measure. I used the soft stems of the tarragon, parsley and cilantro as well as the leaves, so depending on how woody your stems are, will depend on how much of them you can use in your recipe.
No. 3 : Clever Idea
It’s not surprising that a recipe inspired by Sicily would have tahini included in it. Tahini is sesame seed paste. Sesame seeds were brought to Sicily by the Arabs, and are still grown in the southern part of the island, and tahini is used in recipes for its nutty smooth flavor. Try using tahini in your sauce recipes to amp up the taste and texture!
No. 4 : CHEERS
Cortese Nostru Catarratto
Light and bright with peach and lemon flavors, this white wine definitely deserves a place at your table this summer. Catarratto is an indigenous Sicilian grape grown all over the island. Once only thought of a blending grape for Marsala, careful vinification from dedicated producers have created more complex and interesting wines like this one. Made with organic grapes.