This healthy shrimp salad from Canyon Ranch looks elegant and tastes great, with assorted delicacies arranged on a thin layer of hummus. It's a light and delicious dish that's perfect for brunch or lunch.
I just returned from a rejuvenating get-away, four days at Canyon Ranch in the Berkshires. That's where this delicious Mediterranean shrimp salad recipe comes from. Canyon Ranch, if you don't know it, is a health resort and spa in Lenox Massachusetts - a two hour drive from Boston. I went there because I was feeling frazzled and craving time away from work, chores and responsibility.
Work-life-balance - I assume that's a goal for all of us. I know it is for me, and I'm really bad at it. I always try to get all my work done before I relax, and lately I never seem to get to the relaxing part. So off I went in search of some R&R, very grateful to my family for supporting my little private vacation.
I arrived at noon on a crisp sunny day. The first thing I did was to sit in an Adirondack chair for a half hour, staring at the view. I could feel my stress melting away instantly as I inhaled the expansive view of trees and distant mountains, and felt the heat of the sun on my face.
One of the many things I was looking forward to on my get-away was the food. Just having food cooked and served to me was big, plus the food at Canyon Ranch is in line with how I like to eat - heavy on the veggies, low in unhealthy or unnecessary fats, and delicious. Although I wanted a vacation, I couldn't resist doing a little work so I could bring back a recipe for Panning The Globe. So after I booked my stay, I made some inquiries to see about meeting the chef. The folks in the PR department were very accommodating and set up a meeting for me with Kyle Nottingham, chef de cuisine of their new Mediterranean Café.
Chef Kyle had just developed a new recipe, yet to be launched on the café menu: healthy shrimp salad with white beans and kale. He did a demo for me and then served me the dish. It was so good! And pretty simple to make. You may even have some of the ingredients on hand, like canned artichoke hearts, canned white beans, and hummus.
This would be a great light entree for brunch or dinner. It would also work well as a dinner party appetizer. The plating is so fun and festive, with all the colorful ingredients separated by crisp kale leaves, standing proudly between them.
HOW TO MAKE CANYON RANCH HEALTHY SHRIMP SALAD
First roast the tomatoes and crisp the kale in the oven. Sauté the shrimp.
To plate the salad, Chef Kyle started by spooning a heaping tablespoon of hummus onto one corner of the plate. He then used a small metal spatula to spread out the hummus across the plate.
This became the glue for the shrimp and all the rest of the ingredients: artichoke hearts, roasted tomatoes, cannellini beans, and kale.
He arranged three shrimps on a plate....
Then he tucked the rest of the ingredients around the shrimps. The finishing touch was a drizzle of olive oil and a squeeze of fresh lemon juice.
This healthy shrimp salad is Mediterranean cuisine at its best - simple, wholesome, heart-healthy with olive oil, lean protein and vegetables.
In addition to great food and R&R, I did as many of the Canyon Ranch activities as I could squeeze into three days - walking, running, yoga, latin & hip hop dance classes, and the Zen•ga Flow, which combines dance, stretch and pilates. I also attended lectures, cooking classes, and I even played bingo one night with some wonderful new friends I met at the spa. Bingo was extra fun because I won the grand prize!
One more thing I have to mention is the Thai massage that I had on my last night, paid for with my bingo winnings. Incredibly relaxing and gets out all aches and pains. Thai massage is so different from Swedish or deep tissue massage. You wear loose fitting clothes. You and the masseuse lie on a large futon and he moves you and stretches you. I asked him to explain the philosophy behind it. He described it as 'the masseuse does yoga to you.'
Here's the recipe for Canyon Ranch's Healthy Shrimp Salad with White Beans and Kale. If you try this recipe I hope you'll come back to leave a comment and a rating. I'd love to know what you think.Print
Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post. Canyon Ranch generously provided me with one complimentary spa service, which I greatly appreciate, but all views expressed in this post are my own.