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Coconut Shrimp with Tamarind Vinaigrette

  • SERVINGS: 8

Caribbean tamarind syrup, the key to the sweet-tart salad dressing, is available at specialty food stores and Latin American markets.

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  1. About 1 cup all-purpose flour, for dredging
  2. 6 large eggs, lightly beaten
  3. 3 cups shredded sweetened coconut (about 9 ounces)
  4. 16 jumbo shrimp—shelled, deveined and cut almost in half lengthwise down the back
  5. 1 quart vegetable oil, for frying
  6. 2 tablespoons tamarind syrup
  7. 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  8. 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  9. 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  10. 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  11. 8 cups mixed salad greens, torn into bite-size pieces
  1. Put the flour, eggs and coconut in separate shallow bowls. Dredge the shrimp first in the flour, then in the eggs and then in the coconut; press the coconut firmly onto the shrimp. Arrange the shrimp on a baking sheet, cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour or overnight.
  2. In a medium saucepan, heat the vegetable oil over moderate heat to 350°. Working with 2 at a time, fry the shrimp until golden brown, about 4 minutes. Drain the shrimp on a rack set over a baking sheet and keep warm in a low oven.
  3. In a blender, process the tamarind syrup, vinegar, olive oil, salt and pepper. Put the greens in a bowl, add the dressing and toss to coat. Mound the salad on 8 small plates. Set 2 shrimp beside each salad and serve.
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