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the big salad 3 one-dish summer salad meals
by Yee-Fan Sun | 
1 2 3 4
continued from page 2

shrimp, avocado and spinach salad
Buying precooked shrimp saves you some time and sweat, but if you like, of course, you can also cook up raw shrimp yourself (which is often cheaper). Just boil up some water, and throw in the shrimp to cook for 3 minutes or so, until just cooked through (the shrimp will turn opaque). Test a shrimp; if you're happy with the doneness, drain the pot and rinse the shrimp under cool water. Peel and use in your salad.

1/2 lb. medium-large shrimp, cooked
1 cob of fresh corn
small red onion (or of a big one)
1 colored bell pepper
large ripe avocado, or one small one
4 packed cups baby spinach leaves
brown-sugar-lime vinaigrette (below)

serves 4-5 as a side dish, 2 as a filling meal

1 Wash the baby spinach leaves and dry well. (A salad spinner is the easiest way to do this; alternatively, you can drain in a colander, cover the colander with a clean dishtowel and shake the colander to help rid the leaves of excess water. Keep the towel snug to the colander to avoid tossing your spinach all over the kitchen floor.) Slide the dried leaves into a big mixing bowl.

2 Slice the corn kernels from the cob (just stand the cob tip-end up then run your knife close to where the kernels are attached). Cut the red onion into very thin slices. Halve the bell pepper lengthwise, then cut away the stem, seeds and white ribs. Slice the remainder into 1" long, thin slices. Slide the prepped veggies into the bowl with the spinach.

3 Halve the avocado lengthwise by cutting all around the pit. Twist the two halves and one side should come loose from the pit. Halve again, then pull off the peel (it should come off easily if the avocado is ripe.) Cut up the avocado into chunks. Add to the mixing bowl.

4 Add dressing to taste, and toss to coat all the ingredients. To serve, divide up into bowls and top with the cooked shrimp.

brown sugar- lime vinaigrette
juice and zest from one lime
1 tsp. dark brown sugar
1 tsp. cider vinegar
2 Tbsp. olive oil
tsp. salt, approximately
fresh ground pepper to taste

Mix up all the ingredients in a bowl or a jar with a tightly-fitted cap. Shake or whisk to combine, then taste, adjusting seasonings as necessary.

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