Southern Pickled Shrimp Cocktail Salad

 In Salads, Seafood
Southern Pickled Shrimp Cocktail Salad
This delightfully light and tasty twist on shrimp cocktail salad is sure to become a summertime favorite. It’s a fresh, healthy alternative to the typical “sub and chips” picnic that is often hauled to the beach.
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Ingredients
  1. PICKLING MIX
  2. 1 Vidalia onion, thinly sliced
  3. 1 lemon thinly sliced
  4. 1 cup vinegar
  5. ¾ cup canola oil
  6. 1/3 cup capers
  7. 1 tsp celery seeds
  8. 2 bay leaves
  9. 1 tsp whole black peppercorns
  10. 1 tsp mustard seeds
  11. 1 tsp sugar
  12. 2 tsp salt
  13. Red chili pepper flakes to taste
  14. 2 Ibs shrimp steamed, peeled, and deveined
  15. FRESH INGREDIENTS FOR SALAD
  16. 4 cups shredded lettuce
  17. 4 cups small shredded carrots
  18. 4 cups chopped celery
  19. 1 lemon
  20. (You can substitute with any vegetable that you prefer or have on hand)
Instructions
  1. STEP 1. Combine all ingredients. Cook the marinade just enough to warm and dissolve. Once taken off the stove, add 1/4 cup fresh parsley.
  2. STEP 2. Steam the shrimp just until the shells turn pink. Be careful not to overcook. Drain and place in a large ice bath (do not skip this step as it will help keep the shrimp firm). Peel, devein and take off the tails. Add to the pickling
  3. marinade. Cover and refrigerate a minimum of 4 hours.
  4. STEP 3. Take shrimp out of marinade and cut into smaller pieces.
  5. STEP 4. Layer and fill the mason jars starting with the lettuce, shrimp, carrots and celery. There should be enough room to layer each ingredient twice. Slice lemon in the round and place on top of the salad.
  6. STEP 5. Mix 1/4 cup catsup, a couple shakes of Worcestershire sauce, 1 tbs. horseradish, 2 tbs. fresh lemon juice. Add to the mixture ¼ cup vinegar, ¾ cup oil, ¼ tsp. salt, ¼ tsp. pepper and a pinch of sugar. Put into a dressing container and if desired, place it in the Mason jar. When ready to eat, just pour onto the salad, close the lid, shake and enjoy.
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