Spicy Shrimp with Hearts of Romaine and Creamy Avocado Dressing

TaurusRecipeIt’s Taurus season and the warm weather is upon us. I don’t know about you, but I’m starting to daydream about swimsuits, barbecues, summer vacation, as well as what I need to do to prepare. I’m hitting the gym, eating light, and browsing Airbnb.com for a great getaway.

When I want to lose a few pounds the first thing I do is stop eating after 6:00 p.m. and having a salad with protein for dinner. This is one of my favorite go-to salad recipes for a lighter spring supper, for the sign of Taurus from my book, Lobster for Leos, Cookies for Capricorn: An Astrological Cookbook. But you don’t have to be Taurus to enjoy! Bon Appetit!


Certain foods have been selected for Taurus as this sign rules the thyroid and throat and will support that system. Taurus individuals only need three things to feel truly at home in their own skin: abundance, harmony, and security. And while they don’t require loads of material possessions, they must feel comfortable in their surroundings. Luxuriating under an ultra-soft cashmere throw with a couple of down pillows on their cozy bed while sipping hot cocoa is just what they need.

Taurus is the second sign of the zodiac and is determined to achieve all goals they set. They can be stubborn and will charge full steam ahead like the bull at the matador’s cape, only to be surprised sometimes that they should have listened to the guidance of someone with more experience. The thyroid works in conjunction with other organs and body systems, so it is of no surprise that these natives want to have a connection with another person, especially another earth sign, to do almost everything with, walk, talk, eat, laugh, anyway you get the picture. Enjoy this recipe while the Taurus Sun rules.

Shrimp: Shrimp contains trace amounts of iodine and is very high in vitamin D as well as selenium, iron and protein. Many people with poor thyroid functioning are deficient in vitamin D, so shrimp can be a double whammy for Taurus with both D and iodine. Not to mention they are delighted by the Venusian pink color of perfectly cooked shrimp.


Spicy Shrimp with Hearts of Romaine and Creamy Avocado Dressing

This delicious salad combines the five tastes: bitter (romaine), sour (lemon, lime juices), sweet (brown sugar, shrimp), salty (salt, Worcestershire Sauce) and Unami/savory (cheese) making this a dish to tantalize all the taste buds with each bite.

Serves 4


  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 large block of cornbread, cubed
  • salt to taste
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese

Spicy Shrimp:

  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • pinch cayenne
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 limes, juiced
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 20 large shrimp, peeled and deveined

Hearts of Romaine:

  • 2 hearts of romaine, washed and dried (leave in whole leaves)
  • ½ cup shaved Parmigiano Reggiano

Creamy Avocado Dressing:

  • 1 egg coddled
  • ½ lemon, juiced
  • 1 teaspoon garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire Sauce
  • ½ teaspoon Tabasco
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 cup olive oil
  • 1 avocado, chopped
  • warm water if needed
  • salt and pepper to taste
  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
  1. Heat oil and butter together in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add cubes of corn bread to the pan and brown evenly. Remove from heat and toss with salt and Parmesan cheese.
  1. Spread out evenly on a sheet pan and bake in the oven until crispy, approximately 10 to 15 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool. Store in an airtight container until ready to use.
  1. Combine all ingredients together except for the shrimp and mix thoroughly in a mixing bowl. Toss with shrimp and refrigerate for 2 hours maximum.
  1. In the bowl of a food processor add coddled egg, lemon juice, garlic, Worcestershire, Tabasco and Dijon, and blend together until smooth. Slowly add olive oil in a steady stream until emulsified. Add avocado and blend until smooth. Use small amount of warm water to thin out to get right consistency, if needed.
  1. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  1. Heat grill to medium-high heat. Grill shrimp 2 minutes on each side or until firm. Remove from the heat and cover with foil.
  1. Toss romaine leaves with dressing and croutons. Assemble on a plate, top with croutons and the shaved Parmesan. Arrange 5 shrimp around the outside of the plate. Serve.

Celtic Sea Salt: This natural salt contains 84 trace minerals including iodine, zinc and iron, all necessary for vital thyroid health. It is said to dissipate mucus, which, although it originates in the nose and sinuses, is an irritant to the throat, making this form of salt doubly beneficial and crucial for Taureans who love to express themselves through singing. Many are such melodious songbirds they become singers by profession.

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1 Response

  1. Elizabeth says:

    This salad is so delicious. My mouth is watering just thinking about it!!

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