Spiced Shrimp Salad with Plums & Chickpeas

I had just been complaining about how slow out magazine were in getting here this month and today, they nearly all showed up! (Maybe I should complain more often…?) I was reading through the July 2011 issue of Real Simple and there are some great sounding fresh, summery sounding recipes.

I was immediately intrigued by the recipe on page 190, Spiced Chicken Salad with Plums and Chickpeas. After a few quick substitutions for ingredients I had on hand and we had a wonderfully inspired salad for dinner.


The salad was so tasty, and the dressing and marinade could easily be used on other meats/fish or veggies. I also, really loved the colors of this salad, everything was so bright and absolutely delicious. I only marinaded the shrimp for about 30 minutes, since they are a little more ‘fragile’ than the recipe’s original chicken.  And it was so fast and easy to make. I will definitely be making this again. And again.


Spiced Shrimp Salad with Plums & Chickpeas (inspired by Real Simple July 2011 p. 190)

  • 10 large shrimp, deveined, de-shelled
  • 1 medium red onion, half coarsely chopped and half sliced
  • 4 cloves of garlic
  • 2 tsp. garam masala
  • 1/2 C. greek yogurt
  • 1/4 C. + 2 Tbsp. red wine vinegar
  • Kosher salt & fresh ground pepper
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 large handfuls arugula
  • 1/2 15 oz. can chickpeas, rinsed
  • 1 plum, pitted and thinly sliced
In a food processor, puree the chopped onion, garlic, garam masala, 1/4 cup yogurt, 1/4 vinegar, 1/2 tsp. salt and 1/4 tsp. pepper. Transfer to bowl and marinade shrimp in fridge for at least 30 minutes.
Heat 1 tbsp. oil in skillet over medium heat. Shake off marinade off shrimp. Cook until shrimp are pink and cooked through.
In a bowl, whisk together remaining 1/4 cup of yogurt, 2 tbsp. of vinegar, 1 tbsp. of oil, 1 tbsp. of water, 1/2 tsp. salt and 1/4 tsp. of pepper. Add the arugula, chickpeas, and onion and toss to combine. Top with shrimp and plums. Serve and enjoy!

3 thoughts on “Spiced Shrimp Salad with Plums & Chickpeas

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