Shrimp and Mussel Salad With Cabbage Slaw

"They added cook time to prep time. The full prep time is 1.5 hours -- you prep some of the veggies while cooking seafood, and I gave ample time on all ends for logistics. Full prep time is no more than 1.5 hours. <P>I just took this to a potluck (which had other salads) and at a potluck, this serves 15 people very well. If you can't find them, consider the nigella seeds optional -- they're also known as kalunji seeds, and they are a mild seasoning found in some Indian foods. Find something fun to substitute with, if you wish. Also: keep in mind that I don't tend to measure ingredients in this sort of recipe -- everything except the seafood (which came in packages with poundage labeling) is an eyeball approximation. I do try to eyeball correctly."
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  • Bring hot water, sufficient to cover the shrimp, to boil. Drop in the shrimp. Leave in the hot water for no more than 90 seconds. Drain and run cold water over. Peel. (You can peel before you cook if you prefer. I tend to peel some while waiting on the water, and the rest after. You can even skip this step by buying pre-cooked shrimp, but I find they often taste a little funky.).
  • Bring hot water, sufficient to cover the mussels, to boil. Drop in the mussels -- there were enough of these that I divided the lot and did this step twice -- and let them cook. When foam starts rising, after about 3 minutes, you can reduce the heat to a strong simmer, and fish out (using tongs) the mussels whose shells are opening, and place in a separate bowl. By seven minutes, all the mussels that will open should have done so, unless your pot was too tightly packed. Run cold water over the retrieved mussels. Best is to put the mussels in a bowl that is directly under running cold water as you retrieve them. Discard any mussels that do not open. The opening size should be over 1/8th inch for it to count for something I'd serve to others, not to mention eat myself.
  • Remove mussels from their shells, and add to shrimp, and store, covered, in fridge.
  • Slice thinly: cabbages, onion, fennel bulb. Roughly chop shreds to smaller amounts.
  • If your cucumber is waxed, or if it has a thick skin, peel it. Otherwise you may optionally leave the skin on. Slice cucumber into very fine slices. Halve or quarter these, depending on the thickness of the cucumber.
  • Put the above vegetation into a large serving bowl.
  • Add the fresh parsley (don't stint, but I didn't measure it), chopped fine. Add the capers, the ground pepper and the nigella seeds. Make the nigella seeds, if you have them, a heaping tablespoonful.
  • Add the chilled seafood.
  • Dressing: the juice of 1.5 large lemons (slice lemons into segments and squeeze, removing seeds as you go). Add the vinegar and the olive oil, mix, and pour over your salad. Toss the salad up. Try to get everything coated, lightly. Feel free to add a little bit more of the oil and the vinegar, if you think this needs.
  • Optional garnish at the end: 1 tomato (from a roadside stand, a farmer's market, or your own garden, NOT the supermarket) sliced and laid invitingly atop the salad.

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I joined this site back in 2007 when it was Recipezaar. I cook 90% of my own food from scratch, and have lost 40 pounds so doing. I buy most of my summertime/fall veggies from farmers' markets, don't eat much gluten or grains -- but if I am dining with friends, I do eat what I am served, except for tree nuts, commercial baked goods from supermarkets or chains (I react badly to these), and I tend to avoid sweets. Yes, you can train yourself to appreciate sweets far less! I grow some of my own food, but this is limited due to lack of full sun. I also enjoy seafood (brain food!), eggs, and some pastured meats. I'm getting more into fermented foods. Sensitivities: All the tree nuts I actually LIKE. Sigh. Fiddlehead ferns. Liquid egg product. Most commercially baked pastries and donuts and cakes.
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