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Shrimp Avacado, Pink Grapefruit and Cotton Candy Melon with Grapefruit, Jalapeno dressing | Single Guy Chef
Shrimp Avacado, Pink Grapefruit and Cotton Candy Melon with Grapefruit, Jalapeno dressing

Shrimp Avacado, Pink Grapefruit and Cotton Candy Melon with Grapefruit, Jalapeno dressing

Posted on 24. Jun, 2007 by singleguychef in Main, Recipes, Salad, Starters

I’ve been patiently waiting to get my hands on some blood oranges so I can play around with some recipes. You know…something like a blood orange, molasses peppercorn sauce for a nice fillet. But alas, my grocer hasn’t produced and so here I am, filling my curiosities with some other fruits. I made a fruit salad a few weeks back that had white peaches, plums and heirloom tomatoes. It was good and had an interesting mix of flavors…hmmm…where’s the post for it? It’s in draft mode, I’ll get to it soon. With no blood oranges in basket, I stocked up on a couple of grapefruits, a cotton candy melon and some enormous shrimp.

My sister and C were coming over for our usual Sunday dinner. I knew that when I told my sis what was for dinner, she’d pass on it. Her comfort zone for food is rather…”selective.” Well, after we started plating, she had changed her mind and ended up loving the salad.

Serves:
3

Ingredients

9 jumbo sized raw shrimp
2 pink grapefruits
4 TBs. of extra virgin olive oil
1 cotton candy melon, a.k.a. sweetie melon
1 avocado
1 tsp. jalapeno, deseeded and minced
1 tsp. of togarashi
black sesame seeds for garnish

Preparation

For the grapefruit dressing
1. Juice 1/2 a grapefruit into a glass bowl.
2. Add the minced jalapeno and togarashi.
3. While whisking the grapefruit juice, stream in the olive oil and continue whisking til emulsified.
4. Season with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper. Set aside to let the flavors mingle.

For the salad
1. Boil the shrimp with their shells intact, 3 minutes in salted water.
2. Remove the shrimp from the water, and toss with some of the grapefruit vinaigrette. Season with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper. Set aside.
3. Peel the grapefruits and section the slices from their skins. Making sure that all you have left are fruit slices.
4. Peel and slice the avocados into thin slices.
5. Half the cotton candy melon, deseed, cut into slices and remove the skin.

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7 Responses to “Shrimp Avacado, Pink Grapefruit and Cotton Candy Melon with Grapefruit, Jalapeno dressing”

  1. Steamy Kitchen

    25. Jun, 2007

    so refreshing!

  2. TC

    25. Jun, 2007

    This looks VERY tasty…a question though. I can understand using the citrus of the grapefruit against the shrimp for the acidity, but wasn’t it incredibly bitter making a vinaigrette with it? I’ve never been able to stomach grapefruit because of that bitterness…just wondering how you overcame this.

  3. singleguychef

    25. Jun, 2007

    steamy- that’s the recipe I was telling you about…the cotton candy melon one

    TC- the pink grapefruits I had were not bitter at all. I know what you mean though, I’d recommend adding some honey to offset any bitterness you run into. Try Trefoil? If I recall correctly, it’s a lighter honey that isn’t too overly sweet. I think Trefoil honey is produced when the bees are chilling out down in FL. from the MI winters. =)

  4. TC

    25. Jun, 2007

    Just looked at Jaden’s post over on SteamyKitchen…think how tasty this would have been using some of her Citrus finishing salt!

    http://steamykitchen.wordpress.com/2007/06/24/making-your-own-flavored-salts/

  5. wlk68

    17. Mar, 2010

    This looks delicicious but you’re going to have to help me out - what the heck is a cotton candy melon? I’ve tried Googling the term and the only thing tha pops up is this recipe. Does this melon go by another name?

  6. Single Guy Chef

    17. Mar, 2010

    Hi wlk68- that’s all I know them by. They’re available at my local boutique grocery and I’d guess it’s more of a marketing slang. I’d say the closest in color is the muskmelon but it’s so much sweeter and tasty. It’s smaller too, more like the size of a miniature watermelon. If you can’t find the cotton candy melon, I’d substitute it with cantaloupe. Let me know how it comes out! It’s a great Summertime salad.

  7. wlk68

    17. Mar, 2010

    Thanks for the speedy response. I’ll have to check with some of my local grocers and see what I can find. :-)

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