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Spice up your summer shrimp salad with these add-ons

Try thee add-ons to spice up your shrimp salad.
Try thee add-ons to spice up your shrimp salad. Special to the Sun Herald

This week I’m blogging about shrimp.

What could be more natural during the middle of Mississippi shrimp season?

There is a plethora of good things you can do with shrimp, but we all too often stick with the most common recipes: fried shrimp, boiled shrimp, shrimp and grits, even old-school shrimp boat spaghetti. See what I mean?

Why not branch out a bit and try something different?

What about a healthy and oh-so-cool shrimp salad for a hot summer day? Shrimp and lettuce? That doesn’t sound very interesting at all, but wait a minute, isn’t there something else you could add to jazz this up just a bit?

Sure there is.

Here are just a few ideas that will make that shrimp salad just sing:

Smoked bacon, slow cook the bacon until it is crispy, crumble it and add a big handful.

What about homemade garlicky croutons? Just cube crusty, locally made French bread, toss in garlic butter, and maybe a pinch or two of oregano and bake until crispy.

Avocado, garden fresh local tomatoes, pistachio nuts, boiled locally sourced, farm fresh eggs, capers and not to forget a delicious homemade garlic mayonnaise.

See what I mean? A shrimp salad just might be what you are looking for to spice up your summer menu,