Beer Poached Vermilion Bay Sweet Shrimp Over Mixed Greens


3 lbs Vermillion Bay Sweet Shrimp
1 bottle Abita Amber beer
1 ½ c Olive oil
3 oz. Cane vinegar
2 Tbsp oregano
2 Tbsp thyme
2 Tbsp basil
1 Tbsp black pepper
2 Tbsp Steen’s Syrup
1 Tbsp garlic, minced
1 ½ lb (16 cups) spring mix, leafy lettuce
8 small tomatoes, quartered
8 oz. carrots, shredded

For the vinaigrette combine all ingredients except the olive oil in a medium bowl. Using a whisk, stir the ingredients while drizzling in the olive oil to make an emulsion. Set aside.
In a small pot pour in the Abita Amber and bring to a simmer. Once it reaches a simmer, toss in the peeled and deveined shrimp. Slowly poach the shrimp until they are fully cooked; it takes about 6-8 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, remove the shrimp and place in a bowl of ice water (this keeps the shrimp from overcooking.)
To put the salad together, mix the vinaigrette with the mixed greens and place on a small plate. Place a few shrimp on the salad and garnish with the carrot and tomatoes.

Serving size: ½ c shrimpo & 2 cups of salad. Servings: 8.
553 calories. 42g fat, (6g saturated fat, 218mg cholesterol.) 1,006mg sodium. 16g carbohydrates, (4g fiber, 7g sugar.) 25g protein.

Lower fat: Reduce olive oil to ¾ cup, and add ⅓ c water or broth to the vinaigrette mixture. 359 calories. 22g fat (3g saturated fat, 217mg cholesterol.) 1,002mg sodium. 13g carbohydrates (4g fiber, 4g sugar.) 25g protein.
Lower carbohydrate: Substituting sugar-free syrup does not significantly change nutrients. Carbohydrates in the recipe are sourced mainly from vegetables.
Lower sodium: Substitute crawfish tails for shrimp, and adjust poaching time to 3 minutes. 573 calories. 42g fat (6g saturated fat, 0mg cholesterol.) 366mg sodium. 15g carbohydrates (4g fiber, 7g sugar.) 32g protein.
Dairy-free: Recipe is dairy-free as is.
Gluten Free: Substitute 2 (5 oz) glasses of Sauvignon Blanc or other dry white wine for beer. 565 calories. 42g fat (6g saturated fat, 217mg sodium.) 1,006mg sodium. 15g carbohydrates (4g fiber, 7g sugar.)