Shrimp Salad with Avocado & Orange

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Modified version of a recipe published July 1, 2007 in Cooks Illustrated http://www.cooksillustrated.com/recipes/detail.asp?docid=8537

Serves 4

This recipe can also be prepared with large shrimp (26/30); the cooking time will be 1 to 2 minutes less. The shrimp can be cooked up to 24 hours in advance.  Dress the salad 1-2 hours before serving. The recipe can be easily doubled; cook the shrimp in a 7-quart Dutch oven and increase the cooking time to 12 to 14 minutes. Serve the salad on a bed of greens or on a buttered and grilled bun.

greens or buns for serving

1 pound extra-large shrimp (21-25), peeled, deveined, and tails removed
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice plus 1 additional tablespoon, spent halves reserved
5 sprigs fresh parsley leaves
1 teaspoon whole black peppercorns plus ground black pepper
1 tablespoon sugar
Table salt

1/4 cup mayonnaise
1 small shallot, minced fine (about 2 tablespoons)
4 radishes, halved and thinly sliced
1 large orange, peeled, segmented, and cut into 1/2-inch pieces
1 ripe avocado, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
2 teaspoons minced fresh mint leaves

1. Combine shrimp, 1/4 cup lemon juice, reserved lemon halves, parsley sprigs, whole peppercorns, sugar, and 1 teaspoon salt with 2 cups cold water in medium saucepan. Place saucepan over medium heat and cook shrimp, stirring several times, until pink, firm to touch, and centers are no longer translucent, 8 to 10 minutes (water should be just bubbling around edge of pan and register 165 degrees on instant-read thermometer). Remove pan from heat, cover, and let shrimp sit in broth for 2 minutes.

2. Meanwhile, fill medium bowl with ice water. Drain shrimp into colander, discard lemon halves, herbs, and spices. Immediately transfer shrimp to ice water to stop cooking and chill thoroughly, about 3 minutes. Remove shrimp from ice water and pat dry with paper towels.

3. Whisk together mayonnaise, remaining tablespoon lemon juice, shallot, and minced mint in medium bowl. Cut shrimp in half lengthwise and then each half into thirds; add shrimp to mayonnaise mixture and toss to combine. Add radishes, orange, avocado, and stir gently. Adjust seasoning with salt and pepper and serve over a bed of greens or on toasted buttered buns.

 

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