Shrimp Pasta Salad, Roasted Onion Vinaigrette

The shrimp are grilled and spicy, the pasta is chilled, and the cucumbers and romaine provide crunch. But what will really grab you is this vinaigrette. You can also make a version of this with roasted garlic.

Pasta salad with shrimp.

Pasta salad with shrimp.

  • 2 lb. shrimp, peeled & deveined
  • 2 Tbs. Creole seasoning
  • 3 Tbs. olive oil
  • 1 head romaine lettuce
  • 1 lb. cooked and chilled rotini pasta
  • 2 tomatoes cut into wedges
  • 1 small cucumber, cut into round slices
  • Roasted Onion Vinaigrette:
  • 1/2 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 3/4 cup olive oil
  • 3 Tbs. red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp. Creole seasoning
  • Salt
  • Pepper

1. Dust the shrimp with the Creole seasoning. Heat the olive oil in the skillet over medium heat and cook the shrimp until completely pink and firm–about three minutes. Remove and allow to cool.

2. Tear the romaine into bite-size pieces. Place in a large bowl. Add pasta, shrimp, and roasted onion vinaigrette, and toss until combine. Arrange on serving plates, garnished with tomato wedges and cucumber slices.

3. For the roasted onion vinaigrette, in an ovenproof container with a lid, combine the onion with 2 Tbs. olive oil and the Creole seasoning. Cover and bake in a preheated 225 degree oven for two hours. Cool to room temperature.

4. Add remaining olive oil, vinegar, salt, and pepper to taste. Stir well. This dressing can be stored, refrigerated and covered, for two weeks.

Serves four.

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