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Poached Shrimp Salad with Cider Dressing

Cider's bright, fresh-pressed flavor comes through in both the shrimp and dressing for this dish. For more tartness, you can substitute Granny Smith apples for Fujis.

Cooking Light OCTOBER 2006

  • Yield: 4 servings (serving size: about 2 cups)


  • Shrimp:
  • 4 cups apple cider
  • 1/4 cup thinly sliced peeled fresh ginger
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice (about 1 lemon)
  • 4 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 10 black peppercorns
  • 2 (3-inch) cinnamon sticks
  • 2 star anise
  • 1 1/2 pounds large shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • Dressing:
  • 1/2 cup apple cider
  • 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon plain low-fat yogurt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons extravirgin olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon prepared horseradish
  • Salad:
  • 5 cups torn Boston lettuce (about 2 small heads)
  • 4 cups trimmed watercress (about 2 bunches)
  • 2 Fuji apples, cored and cut into 1/4-inch-thick wedges
  • 1/2 thinly sliced peeled avocado


To prepare shrimp, combine the first 7 ingredients in a large saucepan; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer 10 minutes. Strain cider mixture through a sieve into a large bowl; discard solids. Return cider mixture to pan; bring to a boil. Stir in shrimp; reduce heat, and simmer 5 minutes. Remove pan from heat. Let stand 30 minutes. Remove shrimp from cider mixture, and discard cider mixture. Chop shrimp; chill.

To prepare dressing, combine 1/2 cup cider and the next 4 ingredients (through horseradish) in a medium bowl, stirring with a whisk.

To prepare salad, place lettuce and remaining ingredients in a large bowl. Drizzle 1/2 cup dressing over lettuce mixture; toss gently to coat. Add shrimp to remaining dressing; toss to coat. Arrange shrimp on top of salad.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 308
  • Calories from fat: 26%
  • Fat: 8.7g
  • Saturated fat: 1.2g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 1.8g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 1.4g
  • Protein: 37.6g
  • Carbohydrate: 22g
  • Fiber: 3g
  • Cholesterol: 259mg
  • Iron: 5.4mg
  • Sodium: 279mg
  • Calcium: 163mg

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Poached Shrimp Salad with Cider Dressing Recipe