Shrimp Salad With Zucchini and Basil

Total Time
Prep 30 mins
Cook 5 mins

Was checking out an old Bon Appetite annual while thinning out my "Paper and Picture" cookbooks, since I most often use Zaar. The zukes are still coming and the basil is lush, green, aromatic, and beautiful. Everything here is on our go-to list, and the photo was tempting, too. It was suggested that you use packaged baby greens for a quick start.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Whisk lemon juice, capers, shallot, mustard, and dried red pepper in medium bowl.
  2. Whisk in oil, then basil.
  3. Bring large saucepan of salted water to boil, add shrimp and cook 1 minute.
  4. Add zucchini and continue cooking until shrimp are opaque in the center, and zucchini is crisp tender, about 1 minute longer.
  5. Drain well.
  6. Transfer to large bowl.
  7. Add 1/3 cup of dressing and toss to coat.
  8. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  9. Toss greens in large bowl with enough dressing to coat.
  10. Divide greens among 4 plates.
  11. Arrange shrimp and zucchini atop greens.
  12. Pass Parmesan cheese separately if desired.
Most Helpful

I also made this for the Aussie Swap. Delicious! Easy! Flavorful! Great presentation too; this makes a perfect fancy lunch for guests or a light but satisfying dinner (perfect for spring or summer meals). It is so cool to see the shrimp cook in the boiling water. I used baby spinach for the salad greens. I was concerned that, with the spinach, the dish wouldn't be colorful enough but I need not worry: the pink shrimp and yellow and light green of the zucchini and deep green of the spinach gave a great "Wow" moment when I brought the dish to the table for my guests. One note: be careful not to drown the salad with too much dressing (I made enough dressing for 4 servings but made only 2 salads). The lemon juice is a surprisingly bold flavor. Thanks NurseJaney. This is an excellent, excellent recipe and I will definitely be using it again to impress guests that I've graduated from novice to gourmet chef.

Obag September 13, 2009

This is an outstanding salad, packed full of flavor. I used basil Dijon mustard for the dressing and a combination of baby greens and arugula for the salad greens. Something I will be keeping in mind while my fresh basil is going strong. Made for Aussie Swap.

PaulaG August 08, 2009