“Labor-Less” Grilled Shrimp Salad with Cilantro and Lime


Happy Labor Day Ya’ll,
You know, I have been laboring ALOT lately. Whether it’s at school, work, or in the kitchen…I feel as though I am running 100 miles/hour 24/7/365. That’s when I decide that I need a break, to say to myself, “Chelsy, stop!..and breathe a little. Naturally, I decide to create some “me time”, so to speak. This usually involves some high-maintenance pampering, where I schedule a deep tissue massage, organic facial, or some sort of spa pedicure (although, I sometimes forgo the spa pedicure to avoid the annoying woman doing my nails who will repeatedly ask me if I want my eyebrows waxed!)…this is the point where I want to scream “I think they are perfect, just because you have no eyebrows doesn’t mean you have to ruin mine!…but I usually say something along the lines of “I’ve got some Italian in me…we are generally hairy people…I have to shave everyday! Anyway, I thought I would take this Labor Day to really relax…which is why I made this dish yesterday so I could just post it today (haha…pretty sneaky of me, huh?). I feel that it’s time to focus more on what’s important in life, rather than stressing over the minor details. I’d rather spend my time sharing my “labor” of love with my family and friends, which is why I have created this time saving recipe, my “Labor-Less” Grilled Shrimp Salad with Cilantro and Lime. Not to mention, this would be a kick-but recipe to serve at a Labor Day get together…I’m thinking along the lines of finger foods, or as an appetizer…but it’s whatever you choose). I hope I “labored” enough over this dish for ya’ll…about a total of 10 minutes of preparation time! So…take this Labor Day easy and spend it relaxing with loved ones! Mangia!

Ingredients:
1 pnd. of large fresh shrimp, peeled and deveined (My shrimp were pre-cooked, but I peeled the suckers myself)
1/2 c. greek yogurt
1/2 bunch of fresh cilantro
1 stalk celery, finely chopped
2 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
juice of 1 lime
1 tsp. sugar
sea salt and pepper, to taste
Ritz crackers

Directions:
1. If your shrimp are not already peeled, go ahead and peel them.
2. Heat a large skillet over medium heat, and grill each piece of shrimp, working in batches (about 2 minutes on each side).
3. Set the grilled shrimp aside in a large mixing bowl.
4. Put the remaining ingredients into a food processor and process until fully incorporated into a smooth dressing.
5. Pour the dressing over the shrimp and mix well with a spatula until fully incorporated.
6. Cover the shrimp salad with plastic wrap and place it into the fridge to chill for at least 1 hour.
7. Take the shrimp salad out of the fridge and serve it with Ritz crackers.

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