Sunday, July 31, 2011

Fiesta Grilled Shrimp and Corn Salad

The first week in August is always a big deal here in Santa Barbara. It's the week we celebrate Old Spanish Days Fiesta, which means confetti eggs cracked over heads, mariachi music, churros, and flamenco all week long.
Fiesta flamenco dancers at the Santa Barbara Mission via
We are spoiled by our Mexican food here. In fact, one of Julia Child's favorite restaurants was our very own La Super Rica Taqueria, a street corner shack with perfectly authentic homemade tortillas and all the accouterments.

Fiesta can be a beautiful and fun (not to mention tasty!)  theme for any party.
So in the spirit of our Santa Barbara Fiesta, I wanted to share with you one of my favorite salads. Have I told you I love salad for lunch or dinner? Here is one that is healthy and satisfying and perfect for your Fiesta. Don't forget the margarita!

Fiesta Salad with Grilled Shrimp and Corn
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serves 4

1 pound large peeled and deveined shrimp
2 shots tequila
Juice of 2 limes
3 corn cobs
2 heads Romain lettuce, chopped
1/2 cup black beans
1/2 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
1 avocado, sliced
favorite salad dressing 
chopped cilantro for garnish
sliced lime for garnish

Thread shrimp on skewers and place in a baking dish. Coat with tequila and lime juice and marinate 15 minutes. Oil and preheat grill over medium high heat. Brush corn with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Place shrimp and corn on grill and cook about 3 minutes per side until cooked through. Cool slightly. Remove shrimp from skewers and slice corn off cob. Toss lettuce with beans, tomatoes, avocado and dressing. Arrange grilled shrimp on top and garnish with cilantro and lime. Serve with tortilla chips.


  1. This looks so fresh and delicious. Perfect summer meal. Thanks for sharing

  2. Mmmmmmm. How delicious. Maybe I should have a Santa Barbara Fiesta in Massachusetts! Your photography is so lovely.

  3. Mmmmm...this looks awesome and delish!

  4. Beautiful summer salad. The colors explode on the plate. Awesome.


  5. Breathtaking! I love your photography (and your food inspirations) . . . Stunning! You make me miss my native CA soo much! xo

  6. I'm dreaming of each ingredient on my fork and having an ice cold Corona and lime to go along with it. Heaven.

  7. OH this all looks pretty much amazing!! What a stunning wedding!! Love all your photos as usual!

  8. this look so amazing the recipe looks
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    Have a fabulous week,

  9. So vibrant and beautiful!!! Just beautiful! I would love to eat this, I bet the prepping too some time, but so worth it.

  10. The colors of this salad are gorgeous. It's got all my favorite flavors in one. And the tequila doesn't hurt, either!
    La Super Rica is heaven on earth!

  11. I love your blog and your recipes!!!
    I follow you now :D

    Baci Baci from Babysan^^

  12. This sounds sooo good! Not to mention, I just watched HBO's remake of "Cinema Verite" and learned about this festival. Anyhow, I have a long-standing weakness for tequila and Mexican food. So, this recipe speaks to both my heart, and belly, too!

    Gillian from Baby Talk without the Babble

  13. Oooooooooh I might make this tonight

  14. Great looking salad, and fiesta photos too!

  15. That salad looks so refreshing and yummy! I love all of the photos:-)

  16. Shrimps are always the best, the salad is colorful and very attractive. Besides that, it's so yummy, the shrimp added an extra ordinary taste. Everyone should try this. You will not regret I promise!awesome recipe!

  17. This post makes me miss living in CA!

  18. Greetings from the Amish community of Lebanon,Pa. Richard from Amish Stories.

  19. Gorgeous gorgeous salad!

  20. the colors in this dish are just beautiful - so festive and summery!


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