Inland Northwest, High Desert
Nasturtium Shrimp Salad
2 teaspoons lemon juice
1/4 cup olive oil
salt and pepper
1 cup cooked, shelled shrimp, coarsely chopped
2 tablespoons finely chopped green onion
1 small tomato, cubed
1/2 avocado, peeled and cubed
2 tablespoons chopped nasturtium leaves
Whisk lemon juice and oil together, season with salt and pepper to taste. Add the shrimp and onion and toss lightly. Let stand 15 minutes to let flavors blend.
Add tomato, avocado, and chopped nasturtium leaves. Mound on lettuce leaves, surround with fresh whole nasturtium flowers.
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