Spicy shrimp sushi inspired this recipe for shrimp pasta salad with a kick!
When sushi started rising in popularity finding its way into corner grocery stores and local sushi bars, I was determined to like the stuff. Though the flavor of seaweed and raw fish wasn’t immediately my favorite flavor combination, I was on a mission and pressed forward with steadfast palate.
Try as I might to like raw eel and octopus, I simply couldn’t palate the flavors. It was too much, too fast. That is, until I stopped one afternoon in our local grocery store and found a plate of Spicy Shrimp Sushi. Cooked shrimp slathered with a spicy mayonnaise? Yes, please. Turns out this was the very sort of sushi I could tolerate, and it set the stage for a new zeal for all things sushi.
So, what happens when you take the flavors of spicy shrimp sushi and combine them with a summer pasta salad? Perfection, that’s what. This Spicy Shrimp Salad recipe is simple enough to appeal to the picky eating crowd, but haute enough for discerning foodies. Flavorful salt and pepper shrimp is cooked until buttery and golden, then tossed with cucumber and avocado, and served up with a hearty drizzle of spicy pink mayonnaise.
To make this recipe, the ingredient list is surprisingly simple. We begin with a Suddenly Salad mix, which makes flavoring your pasta salad as simple as can be. You’ll need a bit of peeled, tail-on shrimp, and mayonnaise mixed with a Chinese hot sauce like Srichacha.
With ingredients gathered, you’re just minutes away from a pasta salad that is sure to compliment any party, potluck, or picnic table. Go ahead -- impress all your pals with this sushi-inspired salad. They are certain to love it.
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