Shrimp and Carrot Salad, Ají-Soy-Limón Dressing

Peruvian Shrimp and Carrot Salad, Aji Amarillo Soy Limon Dressing

Shrimp and Carrot Salad
Okra, Cherry Tomato, Red Onion, Caperberry, Feta, Nasturtium
Ají Amarillo Soy Limón Dressing

Colorful baby carrots and my tree bursting with key limes became the source of inspiration for this sprightly salad. Carrots and limes have a curious affinity for one another. Key limes, called limones in Peru are used extensively in Peruvian cuisine. I mix the lime juice with ají amarillo paste and soy sauce to make the refreshing dressing. Ají amarillo, a yellow-orange Peruvian chile pepper is simultaneously spicy and fruity. Just a couple teaspoons of the paste gives the dressing its zing and along with the shrimp and carrots paired with feta, okra, onion, and tomatoes – the result is a really zesty salad with piquant Peruvian flair.

Peruvian Shrimp and Carrot Salad Recipe

pink, yellow, white baby carrots

Roasted Baby Carrots

Trim the baby carrots, toss with rosemary, garlic, olive oil, salt and pepper. Then roast in a 350°F convection oven for 15 minutes or until the carrots are soft. Let cool to room temperature.

Key Lime and Nasturtium

An owl sits among the nasturtiums to scare the critters away (not sure if it works, though). The key lime tree is bursting with limes. Time to make pisco sours!

Peruvian Shrimp, Aji Amarillo Soy Marinade

Ají Amarillo Soy Limón Dressing

  • 2 t. aji amarillo paste
  • 1/3 c. limon (key lime) juice
  • 2 T. low sodium soy sauce
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 2 T. olive oil
  • black pepper to taste

Combine all ingredients.

Peruvian Shrimp Salad, Aji Amarillo Soy Limon Dressing

Marinate large cooked shrimp, sliced pickled okra, cubes of feta, and caperberries in the dressing.

Peruvian Shrimp and Carrot Salad, Aji Amarillo Soy Limon Dressing

To compose the salad – place thinly sliced red onion, roasted baby carrots, carrot ribbons, and sliced cherry tomatoes on a platter. Top with the shrimp mixture. Spoon more dressing over the salad.

Peruvian Shrimp and Carrot Salad, Aji Amarillo Soy Limon Dressing

Garnish with nasturtium.

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2 thoughts on “Shrimp and Carrot Salad, Ají-Soy-Limón Dressing”

  1. Wow Lori you surely know how to plate a salad!! This looks fantastic! Shall copy soonest with our weather yesterday reaching 41C but may have to play around with that special dressing just a tad. Somehow hoping to find the aji amarillo paste in rural Australia is a bit of an ask 🙂 !

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