Dragonfruit Shrimp Salad Boats

By • May 7, 2011 • 5 Comments

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Author Notes: Now that we are 'empty nesters" my husband recently took a job that requires him to travel and I get to tag along occasionally. While Cincinnati, Ohio, may not be on other's top travel lists, I was excited for the chance to go back to Jungle Jim's grocery store. There I spotted a beautiful dragonfruit display. I have had dragonfruit in a sorbet before, so I thought I would pick some up. The seafood station was next and I also picked up some beautiful pink shrimp.

I posted a question on foodpickle looking for ideas and did an internet search. There were a lot of fruit salad and smoothie recipes but not exactly what I wanted. I did find a recipe with an interesting combination of flavors at www.greenkitchenstories.com from the a la alkaline sisters. Here is my adaption of their fruit salad. I cut down the amount of lime juice by more than half and substituted a little flavored vinegar as well as doubled the amount of mint that they called for. Then I added the beautiful pink shrimp and avocado, and tossed it together carefully and spooned it into the fruit shells.
lorigoldsby

Serves 4

  • 2 dragonfruits
  • 24 large shrimp, boiled, chilled & large diced
  • 1 ripe avocado
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1 lime, zested and juice of 1/2
  • 1 teaspoon lavender honey
  • 1 tablespoon pomegranate vinegar
  • kosher salt and fresh cracked pepper
  • 10 fresh mint leaves, chiffonade
  1. Find "flat spot" of the dragonfruit, rotate 90 degrees and slice in half. Scoop out the flesh of the fruit and cut into small cubes.
  2. In non-reactive bowl, mix dressing ingredients and whisk to emulsify.
  3. Cube avocado, and toss gently into dressing to coat, gently add shrimp and dragonfruit to mix.
  4. Spoon into hallowed out fruit "bowls". you may add an extra shrimp or mint leaf to the spiky part of the fruit as a garnish.
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Linda_cooking

over 2 years ago Beautiful, Memorable Food

beautiful and creative!

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over 2 years ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Oh I remember this beautiful recipe. Delicious combination of flavors!!

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over 3 years ago SallyCan

Looks like a lovely and refreshing start to a nice late spring lunch.

Dscn2212

over 3 years ago boulangere

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Bravo for perseverance! Your salads colors are beautiful, and the flavors look fantastic.

Lorigoldsby

over 3 years ago lorigoldsby

thanks, it was yummy but unfortunately dragonfruit isn't a common item in our groceries...but thanks again for watching out for the foodpickle posts.