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Giada De Laurentiis' Grilled California Salad with Shrimp

Serves 4 servings

Originally aired

INGREDIENTS
  • For the Salad:
  • Olive oil, for drizzling
  • 1 head romaine lettuce, trimmed and halved lengthwise
  • 1 ear of corn, husk and silk removed
  • 2 zucchini, halved lengthwise
  • 6 colossal or 12 extra-large shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 head butter lettuce, torn
  • 2 medium tomatoes, chopped into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1 avocado, peeled and diced
  • For the Dressing:
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons agave nectar or honey
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 cups store-bought tortilla strips, such as Mission Restaurant-Style
PREPARATION

Preheat a grill pan over medium-high heat or preheat a gas or charcoal grill. Drizzle the romaine lettuce, corn, zucchini and shrimp with olive oil. Season with salt and pepper. Grill the romaine lettuce, turning occasionally, until crisp-tender and browned in spots, about 2 minutes. Grill the corn and zucchini for 2 minutes on all sides until crisp-tender.

Grill the shrimp for about 2-3 minutes on each side until the meat is opaque and cooked through.

Coarsely chop the grilled lettuce and place in a large salad bowl. Using a sharp knife, remove the kernels from the corn and add to the salad bowl. Chop the zucchini into 1/2-inch pieces and add to the bowl. Cut the shrimp into 1/2-inch pieces and add to the bowl. Add the butter lettuce, tomatoes and avocado to the bowl.

In a small bowl, whisk together the lemon juice, olive oil and agave nectar until smooth. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.

Pour the dressing over the salad and toss until all the ingredients are coated. Garnish the salad with tortilla strips and serve.

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