Cucumber Salad with Hearts of Palm and Seared Shrimp

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For the Salad
- 1 large cucumber, thinly sliced
- 1 can (14 oz) hearts of palm, drained and sliced into rounds
- 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
- 1/4 cup red onion, thinly sliced
- 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped

For the Seared Shrimp
- 1 pound large shrimp, peeled and deveined
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
- Salt and black pepper to taste
- Juice of 1 lemon

For the Dressing
- 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
- 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
- 1 teaspoon honey
- Salt and pepper to taste


1. Prepare the Salad:

a. In a large bowl, combine the sliced cucumber, hearts of palm rounds, halved cherry tomatoes, sliced red onion, and chopped cilantro.
b. Toss the ingredients together gently to combine.

2. Prepare the Dressing:

a. In a small bowl, whisk together the extra-virgin olive oil, red wine vinegar, Dijon mustard, honey, salt, and pepper.
b. Taste the dressing and adjust the seasoning if needed.

3. Cook the Seared Shrimp:

a. In a large skillet, heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil over medium-high heat.
b. Add minced garlic to the skillet and sauté for about 30 seconds until fragrant.
c. Season the peeled and deveined shrimp with smoked paprika, salt, and black pepper.
d. Add the seasoned shrimp to the skillet and sear for 2-3 minutes per side or until they are pink and opaque.
e. Squeeze the juice of one lemon over the seared shrimp and toss to coat.

4. Assemble the Salad:

a. Pour the prepared dressing over the cucumber, hearts of palm, tomato, and red onion mixture.
b. Toss the salad gently to coat all the ingredients with the dressing.
c. Arrange the seared shrimp on top of the salad.

5. Serve:

a. Garnish the salad with additional cilantro if desired.
b. Serve immediately and enjoy this refreshing and flavorful Cucumber Salad with Hearts of Palm and Seared Shrimp!

This salad is perfect for a light lunch or dinner, and the combination of crisp cucumber, tender hearts of palm, and savory seared shrimp creates a delightful medley of flavors and textures.

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