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Shrimp and Feta Salad with Minty Almond Pesto

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  • Servings: 4

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  • 1 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 3 large garlic cloves, 1 clove minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon finely chopped oregano
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1 pound shelled and deveined large shrimp
  • 1/4 cup roasted salted almonds
  • 1 cup flat-leaf parsley leaves
  • 1 cup mint leaves
  • 1 bunch watercress, thick stems discarded
  • 1 fennel bulb—trimmed, cored and thinly sliced
  • 1/4 pound feta cheese (preferably French), thinly sliced


  1. In a small bowl, combine 1/4 cup of the olive oil with 2 tablespoons of the lemon juice, the minced garlic and the oregano. Season with salt and pepper and add the shrimp; toss to coat.
  2. In a food processor, pulse the almonds with the 2 whole garlic cloves, the parsley and mint until finely chopped. With the machine on, add 1/2 cup of the olive oil in a thin stream, scraping down the sides of the bowl. Season with salt and pepper and transfer the pesto to a bowl.
  3. In a large bowl, combine the remaining 1/4 cup of olive oil with the remaining 2 tablespoons of lemon juice. Season with salt and pepper. Add the watercress and fennel and toss to coat. Add three-fourths of the feta and season with salt and pepper. Transfer to plates.
  4. Preheat a grill pan or cast-iron skillet. When the pan is hot, add the shrimp and cook over high heat, turning once, until pink and browned in spots, 4 to 5 minutes. Place the shrimp on the salad and top with the remaining feta. Spoon some pesto on top and serve right away, passing the remaining pesto on the side.

Suggested Pairing

A bold Tuscan white, such as a Vernaccia di San Gimignano from Italy.

Contributed By Photo © Tina Rupp Published October 2003

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