Spinach Salad with Shrimp and Blue Cheese

This week my easy recipe is Spinach Salad with Shrimp and Blue Cheese. This recipe has a little kick to it,  is super easy to make, and should be very low in fat, calories and other nasty things. Follow the step by step directions and it will lead you to a very fresh and tasty summer meal.



For Marinade:

1/4 Cup White Wine

1/4 cup Virgin Olive Oil

2 Garlic cloves – minced

1/8 tsp Dried red pepper flakes

1/8 tsp Cumin – powder

For Salad Dressing:

1 and 1/2 tsp Wasabi powder mixed with a little water to form a paste

1/2 Cup Greek Plain Yogurt

1/8 Cup white wine

2 Tbsp fresh Lemon juice

1/2 tsp Srirachi Sauce

1 Tbsp Canola Oil

dash Lemon pepper

For Salad:

20 large shrimp (15 per pound)

Baby Spinach

1/2 Red Onion – sliced thin

Dried Cranberries

4 Fire Roasted Red Peppers – sliced  (one for each plate)

Blue Cheese- crumbled (as much as you like)

1 loaf Kalamata Olive Bread


Shell and clean shrimp.

Mix all ingredients for marinade.

Place shrimp in plastic baggy, add marinade, seal and place in refrigerator for half hour.

For Salad Dressing:

Mix all salad dressing ingredients together in bowl, stir to until creamy, cover and  place in refrigerator.

Barbecue shrimp over medium high  heat for 2 minutes each side. Plate and cover.

Cut Olive Bread.

Wash and plate Spinach.  Add cranberries, red onion, fire roasted red peppers, shrimp and blue cheese.

Add dressing, garnish with lemon, and serve with Kalamata bread.

That’s all there is to it.  Super easy and fresh!


We are so blessed to live in our neighborhood. I have lived in a number of states and cities over the years and in my experience it is the exception to have neighbors who enjoy the company of each other as much as we do in this little bubble in LA.

Take last weekend.  Saturday my little family went to the beach and had a little quiet time.  When we got home there was a text saying, ” Wine and pot luck tonight?”  Our immediate responsive text yes and where.  Wasn’t long until all the neighbors were gathering with various dishes and drinks. Kids were playing and the adults were talking up  a storm well into the perfect SoCal night.

Sunday She Who Must Be Obeyed and I we went down to the beach again.  After awhile the neighbors began filing in one couple, and kids, at a time until the sand around us filled with kids playing while the ever watchful parents soaked up sun for hours. The gathering slowly eroded as some decided to go for ice cream,  and others to finish up last of the weekend chores.

I am certain many of you experienced similar activities whether at the park, lake, river, or your neighborhood wherever that may be. Turns out it doesn’t matter where you are, just matters who you are with.  Here’s to great friends and neighbors!

Good Eating and Table Talk,


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