Tuesday, July 21, 2009

A Real Simple Summer Meal

Doesn't last night's supper look like perfect summer fare?

Shrimp Tacos with Citrus Cabbage Slaw

I found this recipe in the August 2009 issue of Real Simple and love its combination of sweet, spicy and creamy flavors. Although my children gave it mixed reviews, I'm sure my girlfriends would love it!

1/4 cup fresh orange juice
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
2 tablespoons sour cream
Kosher salt and black pepper
1/4 small cabbage (8 ounces), shredded
1 cup corn kernels (from 1 to 2 ears, or frozen and thawed)
1 jalapeno, seeded and chopped
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 pound peeled and deveined medium shrimp
8 small flour tortillas, warmed

In a large bowl, whisk the orange and lime juices, sour cream, 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Add the cabbage, corn and jalapeno and toss to combine. Let sit, tossing occasionally, for 10 minutes. Meanwhile, heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Season the shrimp with 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Cook until opaque throughout, 2 to 3 minutes. Serve the shrimp with the tortillas and the slaw.


Workin' MAMA! said...

although my household is allergic to shellfish - this recipe would be great for my friends I church with - A great evening snack at dusk - with freshly squeezed lemonade. And a huge tower of homeade brownies that we will not be so prim about... LOL!

Thanks for passing this one on!

Anonymous said...

This summerfeeling you offer us...I love it...I am grazy for fish, as you can see in a recent post on my blog...and it is even better for my health this age. Have you seen the older post on my Xanga site: the Dutch eating haring ? I bet you don't eat that !
Have many nice summernights and I will make your recepie for sure.
Godeliva van Ariadone

Sandy Toes said...

Looks yummy!

Don't you just love Real Simple???

sandy toe

Katy said...

Fabulous recipe, beautiful presentation and photos! Thanks for sharing. I'm definately going to put the cabbage twist on my next seafood tacos! ~Katy

Mary Beth said...

Who knew tacos could be so pretty! They look great!

Renee said...

Oh yum! It's always such a pleasure to share your meals with you Melissa...grin. A day without a visit to your blog is a day without a special bit of sunny sunshine. With regards to your birthday party ideas and food in general, have you ever thought to create a cookbook or your own "Gracious Southern Lady" coffee table book. I'd buy the first copy but please, sign it first. (Hugs!)

Practically Precious said...

This is totally off today's subject - but I need your help, please. I am looking for a little something to give to my teacher friends as they start the new year. I thought about making a bookmark with a teacher prayer or blessing on it. I want to send these to about 20 folks, so it can't be anything too elaborate or costly. Just a little something to encourage them and let them know that I'll be praying for them and their students. Also, I want to do something special for my daughter's kindergarten teacher. You always have the most creative and thoughtful ideas. Do you have any advice? I'd love to see a post on this or feel free to just email me if you have a moment. practicallyprecious@yahoo.com. Thanks a million!

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Melissa, this is SO pretty! At first, I thought that it was rose petals in the tacos. I need to either change my glasses or enlarge the collages.


Sheila :-)

Judy said...

This recipe looks devine...we love anything with shrimp! Where in Fla. are ya'll going to be? We are in Panama City and the girl I work with and her family will be there too!

I wish I had bought Taylor one of those outfits like Mary Ashley's, guess I'll have to go back to the shop and see if I can order her one.

We're gearing up for school! I can't believe I typed that....seems like only yesterday the twins were little babies. I know Shannon and I will cry the first day.

Take care sweet friend,

Live.Love.Eat said...

I LOVE all things shrimp and shrimp tacos. I must make this.

Lynné said...

We HAVE to try this.....do you think it would be too plain if I omit the jalapenos? I'm a wimp when it comes to spicy things!

Melissa Lester said...

Lynne, this is actually the first recipe I have used fresh jalepenos in. I can't handle things too spicy myself, but the jalepenos were nice in this. The juices and sour cream helped neutralize the spiciness, so it had some heat but wasn't bad. I think the jalepenos give the dish a nice balance of flavors, but you could certainly try it with less than a whole pepper.

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