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BEE HEALTHY: COCTEL DE CAMARONES – A SHRIMPY SUMMER SALAD!

By Stacy Evensen

While searching for something to bring to a Cinco de Mayo celebration, I stumbled onto to this recipe. Unlike some of my other choices, this is low in calories, high in flavor and has broad appeal (at least among my friends). Plus,Coctel de Camarones (shrimp cocktail for those who took something other than Spanish in school) is fun to say and the recipe takes only 25 minutes to prepare. Enjoy!

Coctel de Camarones

Makes 4 servings (about 1-1/2 cups each)

  • 1 pound cooked small shrimp, tails removed (about 1-1/2 cups)
  • 1 ½ cups cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 ½ cups diced cucumber
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped red onion
  • 1 ripe avocado, diced
  • 1 ½ cups spicy or regular V8 juice
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • Lime wedges for serving

Preparation: Combine shrimp, tomatoes, cucumber, onion, avocado, V8 juice, pepper, salt and cilantro in a large bowl. Serve at room temperature or chilled up to four hours with lime wedges. Serve with warm tortillas or cheese quesadilla and your favorite hot sauce to make an after workout meal or serve as a pupu at a party. For those keeping track of Exchanges, this is worth two vegetable, four lean meat and one and a half fat exchanges and has 31 grams of protein and 260 calories per serving.

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