Friday, July 24, 2009

Spicy Citrus Caesar Salad

This fresh take on the classic Caesar salad. Spicy Citrus Caesar Salad with homemade croutons is a zesty way to highlight summer’s freshest flavors, and best of all, it’s composed of ingredients that you probably already have in the kitchen. For additional savings, top the salad with grilled chicken in place of shrimp.

Spicy Citrus Caesar Salad

1 pound large shrimp, peeled and deveined*
1/2 teaspoon original Tabasco® brand pepper sauce
1/2 teaspoon salt

2 tablespoons butter
1 garlic clove, minced
1/2 teaspoon original Tabasco® brand pepper sauce
3 cups French bread cubes

3 tablespoons fresh-squeezed lemon juice
1 teaspoon original Tabasco® brand pepper sauce
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil

6 cups cut-up Romaine lettuce
1/2 cup shredded or flaked Parmesan cheese

For the shrimp:
Combine shrimp with Tabasco sauce and salt in a large bowl; toss to mix well. Cook shrimp mixture in a 10-inch hot skillet over medium-high heat, until lightly browned on all sides and tender, stirring occasionally.

For the croutons:
Melt butter in a 12-inch skillet over medium heat; add garlic and Tabasco sauce. Cook 3 minutes; remove garlic. Add bread cubes to a skillet; toss to mix well. Cook 5 minutes, stirring frequently or until bread is golden and crisp.

For the dressing:
Combine lemon juice, Tabasco sauce, Dijon, sugar and salt in a small bowl. Gradually whisk in olive oil until well blended.

For the salad:
Toss romaine, Parmesan cheese, croutons and dressing in a large bowl; toss to mix well.

Makes 6 servings.

*If desired, substitute 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts for shrimp.

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