Elevate Caesar salad with grilled shrimp and walnuts

Grilled Shrimp Caesar Salad

Caesar salad is one of America’s most popular comfort foods. Adding grilled shrimp and walnuts turns it into a complete dinner. The crisp lettuce and smooth, tangy dressing provide an enjoyable, mouth-watering combination.

The walnuts are grilled for a couple of minutes. This intensifies their flavor.

Hints:

Pecans or almonds can be used instead of walnuts.

The shrimp and nuts can be sautéed in a skillet instead of a stove-top grill.

Countdown:

Grill shrimp and walnuts.

Assemble salad.

Shopping list:

To buy: 1 small package walnut halves, ¾ pound shelled shrimp, 1 head romaine lettuce, 1 bottle Caesar dressing, 1 small piece Parmesan cheese and 1 package whole wheat pita bread.

Staples: vegetable oil spray, black peppercorns.

GRILLED SHRIMP CAESAR SALAD

Vegetable oil spray

¼ cup walnut halves

¾ pound shelled large shrimp

6 cups washed, ready-to-eat Romaine lettuce

2 tablespoons Caesar dressing

¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese

Freshly ground black pepper

2 whole wheat pita breads

Heat a stovetop grill and spray with vegetable oil spray. Add walnuts and grill 1 minute, turn and grill 1 minute. Watch to make sure they do not burn. Remove and set aside.

Add the shrimp and grill 2 minutes turn over and grill 2 minutes. They should be pink. Grill a little longer if needed. Break the lettuce into bite-size pieces and place in a large bowl. Add the walnuts, shrimp and dressing to the bowl. Toss well.

Divide between 2 dinner plates and sprinkle Parmesan on top. Add pepper to taste. Warm pita breads in a toaster oven and serve with salad.

Makes 2 servings.

Per serving: 575 calories (41 percent from fat), 26 g fat (4.2 g saturated, 4.9 g monounsaturated), 302 mg cholesterol, 49.3 g protein, 43.8 g carbohydrates, 8.8 g fiber, 800 mg sodium.

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