The girls and I recently did a few long distance road trips to start checking out college campuses and get an idea what some of their choices, likes, dislikes are out there.
Hard as I try, whenever we do a road trip I pack water, fruit, almonds, granola bars and any other easy, quick, healthy, energy snack I can get my hands on. These healthy choices last about 37 miles and then my passengers (okay, me too) are completely board with them.
Fun fact about road trips though, you get to experience different stops and restaurants that you normally don't see in your hometown. Exhibit A:"Steak'n Shake"! I discovered this somewhere over the Colorado border, driving through Kansas. Big mistake!! Look at these cute little, road trip driving friendly sliders!!
After three days of surviving on gas station displays of "Krispy Kreme" donuts (don't judge...they're amazing), Mountain Dew to stay awake while driving, hotel buffet biscuits and gravy and what I think were scrambled eggs, Ding Dongs (also an amazing childhood favorite...yours too, don't try and deny it) and Peanut M&M's here and there, my gut felt like it was going to explode...and don't get me started on the Chili-Cheese Fritos. I don't know what's worse, how I felt after inhaling them, or the rancid, lingering aroma in my car after the bag was opened..I think you get the picture.
Upon our return home, I needed a clean, fresh and home cooked salad (and car detailing)...this one did the trick perfectly!
Grilled Shrimp, Corn and Avocado Salad
Inspired by The South Beach Diet
1-1/2 Tbl olive oil
2 tsp. minced garlic
1/4 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
1 to 1-1/2 pounds shrimp, peeled and deveined, tails off
4 scallions, each cut into 2" small pieces
2 Tbl. fresh lime juice
2 Tbl. olive oil
1/4 tsp. ground black pepper
4 cups Romaine lettuce
1 medium avocado, diced
4 to 6 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
1 cup cooked corn kernels (preferably grilled and cut from cob)
1 medium (red, orange or yellow) pepper, diced
1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
In a medium bowl, whisk together oil, garlic and red pepper flakes. Add shrimp and scallions and toss to coat; refrigerate for 30 minutes.
In a small bowl, whisk together lime juice, oil, black pepper and 1/8 teaspoon salt; let stand at room temperature while shrimp is marinating. In a large bowl, combine romaine lettuce, avocado, bacon, corn kernels and bell pepper.
Generously coat a grill or grill pan with cooking spray and heat to medium-high. Alternately thread shrimp and scallions onto 4 skewers. Lightly sprinkle shrimp and scallions with salt and grill, turning once and basting with any remaining marinade, until shrimp just turn pink, 2 to 3 minutes per side. Remove shrimp and scallions from skewers and add to salad mixture. Add dressing and toss gently. Arrange salad on 4 plates, top with Parmesan cheese and serve.
One Year Ago: Surf and Turf Crostinis
Two Years Ago: Smoked BBQ Chicken Nachos
Three Years Ago: Flatbread Friday
Of course, every road trip survivor deserves a little refreshment...
Bread and Butter Pinot Noir is our new favorite discovery.
It paired perfectly with our dinner salad.