Wednesday, December 2, 2009

avocado and grape tomato salad with shrimp

avocado and grape tomato salad with shrimp

Now that I have a working camera I can document more food adventures! This avocado and grape tomato salad is easy enough to make for a bonehead like me since there's no cooking involved. See, I can get around without BF cooking for me, alright? Anyway, after a spur of the moment Whole Foods trip to drown my sorrows with cheese (yes, cheese) I decided to make this salad.

halfed grape tomatoes
italian parsley

First I took a pint of grape tomatoes, cut them in half, and added them to the bowl. Then I chopped half a cup of Italian parsley and added it, although in retrospect cilantro may have been better. I guess it just depends on what you prefer but next time I'm trying the latter. Or maybe both, hmm.

chopped onions
mixing

Next come the diced onion. I hate chopping onions more than anything and this time I actually had to step away for a couple minutes because my eyes were so messed up. I'm also surprised I managed to not cut myself doing this. Obviously I don't belong in the kitchen.

avocado
avocado in

Next come the avocados. I actually didn't start eating avocados until recently when I stopped being so picky. I mean, come on, I live in freaking California! Whole Food's organic Hass avocados were perfect for this dish.

lemon
black truffle oil

Okay, then comes a tablespoon of lemon juice and a tablespoon of oil. I bought this black truffle oil on a whim and man, is it strong. You can easily substitute extra virgin olive oil for it of course.

tablespoon of oil
finished

Finally, season it with sea salt and we're done! Simple, easy, and delcious. No stove involved! Oh wait... actually, I ended up adding shrimp. I picked up a pound of gulf shrimp at Whole Foods at a ridiculous price and couldn't help adding it to my salad! Did you know that most of the shrimp we eat are exported? Gulf shrimp come straight from Louisiana so they're much more fresh! Anyway, I just cooked them in boiling water with the shell on and peeled them after. Aren't they cute? Oh my little shrimp!

gulf shrimp

(I'm coming to terms with the fact that I'm the only person I know who thinks of food as "cute"...)

64 comments:

Toni said...

Delicious.

Vee said...

mmm
That looks so good. I know what i'm having for lunch tomorrow!
-Vee

Wikifashion said...

This looks so good, I have everything except for the prawns. Dinner sorted :)

Aney, said...

Wish I could make something half as good as that - definitely a must-keep recipe and will do as soon as I get my lazy ass to the grocery store haha.

Dirty Hair Halo said...

Your pictures look GORGEOUS.

You're making me hungry. Shit.

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Urban Lullaby said...

This is making me hungry.

Ganymede Girl said...

Avocado and tomato is one of the greatest combinations ever, or avocado with anything haha. That looks so good, like a spin on guacamole.

Lauren @ In Her Two Shoes said...

You're definitely not the only one who thinks of food as cute! Love how this dish looks.

Annabel said...

am so hungry right now

Anonymous said...

It looks really good! I'm gonna make this tomorrow!! thanks!!

Shannyn said...

Yum!! This is like a slice of summer in December. Love the addition of truffle oil.

Christina. said...

The salad looks delicious! I forwarded this to my bf who is learning how to cook.

Also, having a lit candle nearby while cutting onions will prevent the crying. :)

Ami Schaheera said...

my fiance is definitely gonna love this, thx for the recipe! everything looks scrumptious :))

Amanda said...

Yum! I am going to try making that sometime.

Beverly said...

yummy and healthy!

le blog de leen said...

this looks sooooooo good:)
i actually kinda have the same receipe but with feta greek cheese too (delicious)

leen

Erin Ghani said...

I think you're not the only one,
I see food as cute too ! :D
haha, I hate avocados but I have to say almost every recipes have avocados in them, I think I better stop being picky :)

genaxx/ said...

This looks great. Maybe I should move myself into the kitchen. I'd minus the prawns and add some croutons..? :)

Lindsey said...

Dang, that looks delicious! I'm going to try this! And I love shrimp, but I don't find it cute haha. All those legs *_*

the guilty hyena said...

It looks yummy, I find making salad such a pain, you've done a great job!

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Georgia said...

Yum. Love shrimp.
Wasn't that truffle oil expensive?

It would be mine

theflawlet said...

I think food can be cute, and this is really making me hungry for something cute.

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netnet said...

I had a quick question about your photos... do you use a flash or is it all natural lighting?
thanks!!

kim J said...

that looks so delicious, my mouth is watering. I must try this soon.


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sophielina said...

oh yummm that made me so hungry!

Elina

Anonymous said...

hi annabel,

greetings from the land down under :) i've been reading your blog for awhile now, it's wonderful!

here's a little note for you about onion chopping:

to stop yourself from crying when chopping onions, chuck the onions in the fridge beforehand until they're cold. HTH :)

Danielle said...

This looks so yummy!


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Emilie said...

I actually flip out when you document these types of things.

1) BECAUSE YOUR CAMERA IS SICK
2) The food looks so so so good. I could eat pounds of that shrimp. With cocktail sauce. The salad works too though ha. Also, the duffle coat from your last post? Amazing.

grace said...

nom, nom, nomz! i know what i'm snacking on tomorrow ;o) great pictures!

ninja said...

This is basically all my favourite ingredients combined into one dish! I'd definitely try cilantro.

Also, if you like the black truffle oil, I'd recommend the white truffle version too. It's even more fragrant and delicious.

endimion said...

isn't that tablespoon from anthropologie? @_@ geesh you shop expensive...whole foods, acne..anthropologie? &you're going to school. are you incredibly fortunate or do you have an excellent job? ;-; /jealous

Anonymous said...

this might sound pretty cheesy but i absolutely loved your post!!!so much that i decided to make my own.i had forgotten bout the onions but it was still very delicious. thanks for the post:)

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Becca Jane said...

this looks delicious! I am inspired to make this myself!

Laura said...

I looks super delicious!

Jenny Cindy said...

Yum - even though I just about to go to bed this makes me hungry =P haha. I looove avocado - especially in salads. I love to make a salad with avocado and peach and then make a mango-ginger dressing - the best really! But I can't have that right now as it's fall here at the moment so no frech peaches available =(

I need to try this - it looks so good with the truffle oil and lemon <3

Emily said...

you seem like such an amazing cook!!! these photos are making me incredibly hungry!!!
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Wrecked Stellar said...

The colors in these photos are soo pretty!

cici said...

hahahha no i think they look cute too :) hehe
looks delicious.

Anonymous said...

made this today and it is very nice!!

Bridget said...

ah ah! now you've made me hungry for salad

Van said...

Mmmmm! Looks good!

Jules said...

I love that salad! I always make it it's such a perfect combination.
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the gorgeous said...

Delightfull! I'm going to do it myself for suree! Well done ;))

clouds of tulle said...

you succeeded again in making super hungry! UGH SO GOOD.

Kim said...

I made this last night! I LOVED it and I will definitely be making it again. I even added the shrimp :)

lamodeestpoison.blogspot.com said...

I am salivating. NO JOKE.

LuxiRare said...

This looks all very fresh and divine, and I love that you used truffle oil to flavor it instead of olive oil..Is that brand any good? Always looking out to try different brands..

A La Mode said...

Wow this looks incredible beyond words!

ZJ said...

Wow, you are an excellent photographer. Hope to see more food photos!! What a beautiful dish for someone who says she doesn't cook!

Jonesy said...

I am making this on Monday! because I can't cook

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Dalena Vintage said...

Yum! That sounds amazing with the shrimp!

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