Prep 20 mins
Cook 5 mins
This shrimp salad reminds me of one of the great lunches of my life, sitting on the front porch of the wonderful grocery in Seaside, Florida...plump, pink shrimp in a fresh tarragon dressing spooned onto saltine crackers, with an ice cold beer, and great friends. From the Pat Conroy Cookbook.
- 1 lb shrimp, peeled and deveined (21-25 shrimp or lb.)
- 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
- 2 tablespoons sour cream
- 1 tablespoon finely minced fresh tarragon
- 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon tarragon vinegar
- 1⁄4 cup finely diced celery
- 1⁄4 cup finely minced scallion
- 1 teaspoon coarse salt
- 1⁄2 teaspoon fresh ground white pepper
- In a medium stockpot over high heat, bring 4 qts. of abundantly salted water to a rolling boil. Add the shrimp and cook until just pink, about 3 minutes. Immediately transfer to a colander and run under cool water to stop the shrimp from cooking any further (only takes several seconds; shrimp should still be slightly warm when dressed). Shake colander to drain any excess water.
- In a small bowl, mix together mayo, sour cream, and tarragon. Set aside.
- In a medium mixing bowl, toss the warm shrimp with the lemon juice and vinegar. Stir in the celery and scallions. Add the mayo mixture, salt and pepper and toss to coat. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve. Taste to correct seasoning.
I've had something similar to this when visiting Rhode Island, so I've dubbed it: "Ritas, Rhode Island Treat." I've made it a few times, and it just gets better...probably good with a nice Belgian Ale.
thank you, I made this it was wonderful i brought it to church for mothers day everyone loved it!
I've always loved tarragon with seafood, so I knew that I'd love this salad. It was just perfect. Easy to make, too. It gets better the longer it chills. I served this over a bed of lettuce. Thanx!