Warm Shrimp Salad with Kamut, Red Chile and Tarragon

Kamut is an heirloom variety of wheat with a sweet, almost buttery flavor. F&W editor Kristin Donnelly loves using it in her warm shrimp salad.


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  • 1 cup dried kamut or spelt berries
  • 4 ounces haricots verts, cut into thirds
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 large shallot, halved and thinly sliced
  • Salt
  • 2 teaspoons minced fresh red chile
  • 1 pound medium shrimp, shelled and deveined
  • 1/4 cup dry white wine or dry vermouth
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons finely chopped tarragon
  • Lemon wedges, for serving

How to make this recipe

  1. In a heavy medium saucepan, toast the kamut over moderately high heat until fragrant, 3 to 4 minutes. Add 4 cups of water and bring to a boil. Cover and simmer over moderately low heat until the grains are tender, 1 hour 10 minutes; drain off any excess water.

  2. In a medium, deep skillet, combine the haricots verts with 1/4 cup of water. Cover and steam over moderately high heat, stirring, until crisp-tender, 3 to 4 minutes. Drain.

  3. Wipe out the skillet. Melt the butter in the oil over moderately high heat. Add the shallot, season with salt and cook, stirring, until softened, 2 minutes. Add the chile and cook, stirring, until fragrant. Add the shrimp, season with salt and cook, stirring, until just pink, 3 minutes. Add the wine and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Stir in the kamut and haricots verts and cook until hot. Stir in the tarragon, season with salt and serve with lemon wedges.


One Serving 330 cal, 6 gm fat, 2.2 gm sat fat, 40 gm carb, 6 gm fiber, 30 gm protein.

Suggested Pairing

Provençal rosé.

Contributed By Photo © Johnny Valiant Published October 2011

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