Shrimp and Mussel Salad With Cabbage Slaw

READY IN: 2hrs




  • 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.