Blackened Shrimp Cesar Salad


Preparation20 minutes
Cook time10 minutes
ServingsServes 4 to 6


    For the Blackened Seasoning:
  • 1 Tbsp of Smoked Paprika
  • 1 Tbsp of Chili Powder
  • 1 Tbsp of Granulated Onion
  • 1 Tbsp of Granulated Garlic
  • 1 Tbsp of Dried Basil
  • 2 tsp of Black Pepper
  • 1 tbsp of Kosher Salt or 2 tsp of fine table salt
  • For the Cesar Dressing:
  • 1 Tbsp of Dijon Mustard
  • 2 tsp of Anchovy Paste
  • 1 Clove of Garlic, grated
  • 2 tsp of Worcestershire Sauce
  • Juice of 1 Lemon
  • 1/4 cup of Olive Oil (or a bit more)
  • 1/2 cup of Freshly Grated Parm, divided
  • Salt to taste
  • Additional Ingredients:
  • 2 Heads of Romaine, washed, dried and chopped
  • 1.5 lbs of Shrimp
  • Charred Ciabatta or Croutons, to taste


    1) In a small bowl, mix together all the ingredients for the spice blend, then toss the shrimp with about a Tbsp of olive oil and about 2 Tbsp of the seasoning. Cook the shrimp in a screaming hot skillet for just a minute on both sides (add a touch of oil to the skillet) and set the shrimp aside to cool.

    2) In a small bowl, whisk together the mustard, anchovy paste, garlic, lemon and a pinch of salt, slowly start adding the olive oil (you might need a touch more if the dressing is too thick) and whisk constantly to emulsify the dressing, at the end, whisk in 1/2 of the cheese and set the rest aside (taste for seasoning).

    3) Toss the romaine with 1/2 of the dressing (serve the rest on the side) top with the cooked shrimp, charred bread or croutons and rest of cheese and dressing.

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