If the words "seafood salad" conjure images of mayonnaise-laden mounds on beds of flavorless lettuce, get ready to change your thinking about the form. Our collection of 29 fresh and easy ways to prepare seafood includes standards -- tuna salad, shrimp salad, and salmon salad -- as well as new takes on revered classics, such as salade Nicoise, Greek salad, and Caesar salad.
Grapefruit adds a refreshing touch to this main-course salad, which also includes sauteed shrimp and spinach. You can substitute orange for the grapefruit.
This elegant meal makes a perfect romantic dinner for two. Whole lobster is partially boiled before the meat is poached in tangelo juice enriched with butter. Serve the tender lobster meat on Bibb lettuce leaves and drizzle over with tangelo dressing.
Avocado makes the buttermilk dressing especially rich. Toss with chopped romaine lettuce, toasted pumpkin seeds, and fresh cilantro leaves, and top with cooked shrimp. You'll have extra dressing; refrigerate it in an airtight container and use up within three days.
For a delicious update of the classic French recipe, forgo the usual raw tomatoes and boiled potatoes for roasted, and replace the standard green beans for peppery arugula. Choose tuna packed in olive oil; it has more flavor than the kind packed in water or vegetable oil.
Presentation in a butter-lettuce-leaf "cup" makes this version of the French classic of salade Nicoise is special. Look for the freshest lettuce and eggs you can find, and use imported canned Italian tuna, packed in oil, which has more flavor than the water- or vegetable-oil-packed varieties.
Buttery avocado, crisp radishes and romaine lettuce, and oil-packed tuna make a lovely chorus of textures and tastes. A light vinaigrette of olive oil, white-wine vinegar, and Dijon mustard rounds out the flavors.
This simple main course salad cuts down on prep time by boiling fresh snap peas and shrimp together in the same pot. Toss together with torn Boston lettuce, sliced bell peppers, and sliced scallion greens; serve with the ginger dressing on the side or drizzled on top.
Poached salmon replaces tuna in the classic Nicoise salad. You can steam the green beans and boil the potatoes and eggs ahead of time to put this dish together at the last minute, or cook them all while the salmon poaches. Arrange the ingredients in groups on a platter for a pretty presentation.