Caribbean Seafood Salad

James Carrier

Notes: This is a simplified version of a recipe from Bob Hurley, chef-owner of a soon-to-open restaurant in Yountville, California. Taro and other root vegetable chips are available in gourmet markets and specialty food stores. You can prepare the salad through step 2 up to 1 day ahead; cover and chill seafood, mango, and dressing separately.

Yield: Makes 4 servings
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Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 504
  • Calories from fat: 64%
  • Protein: 24g
  • Fat: 36g
  • Saturated fat: 4.8g
  • Carbohydrate: 26g
  • Fiber: 2.8g
  • Sodium: 498mg
  • Cholesterol: 105mg


  • 8 ounces shelled, deveined shrimp (31 to 40 per lb.), rinsed
  • 8 ounces bay scallops, rinsed
  • 1 firm-ripe mango (1 1/4 lb.)
  • 1/2 cup salad oil
  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 clove garlic, peeled
  • About 1/2 teaspoon hot sauce
  • About 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 firm-ripe avocado (8 oz.)
  • 3 1/2 quarts baby lettuce salad mix (12 oz.), rinsed and crisped
  • 1 to 2 dozen taro or sweet potato chips (optional)


  1. 1. In a 5- to 6-quart pan over high heat, bring 2 1/2 to 3 quarts water to a boil. Add shrimp and cook for 1 minute. Add scallops, cover tightly, and remove pan from heat. Let stand until shrimp and scallops are barely opaque but still moist-looking in center of thickest part (cut to test), 2 to 3 minutes. Drain and rinse in cold water until cool.
  2. 2. Meanwhile, peel and pit mango. Slice fruit lengthwise about 1/2 inch thick. Coarsely chop enough of the scraps to make 1/2 cup. In a blender or food processor, whirl chopped mango, oil, lime juice, cumin, ginger, cinnamon, and garlic until smooth. Add 1/2 teaspoon hot sauce and 1/2 teaspoon salt; taste, and add more hot sauce and salt if desired.
  3. 3. Peel and pit avocado. Slice lengthwise about 1/2 inch thick.
  4. 4. In a large bowl, gently mix shrimp and scallops, mango dressing, salad mix, and mango slices. Mound equal portions on four dinner plates. Garnish with avocado slices and taro chips. Add salt to taste.
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