Grilled Spice-Rubbed Shrimp "Nicoise" Salad

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 50 min
  • Prep: 30 min
  • Cook: 20 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
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Ingredients

For the salad:

Kosher salt

4 ounces yellow wax beans, trimmed

4 ounces green beans, trimmed

1 pound fingerling potatoes

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

Freshly ground pepper

1/2 pound multicolored cherry tomatoes, halved

1 medium red onion, thinly sliced

2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil

2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley

For the vinaigrette:

1/4 cup red wine vinegar

2 teaspoons dijon mustard

1 teaspoon honey

1 clove garlic, finely chopped

1 tablespoon anchovy paste

Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper

1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil

For the shrimp:

4 teaspoons ground fennel seeds

1 1/2 teaspoons mustard powder

1 1/2 teaspoons ground coriander

1 pound jumbo shrimp, peeled and deveined (tails intact)

1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil

Directions

  1. Fill a large bowl halfway with ice water and set aside. Bring a medium pot of salted water to a boil. Add the wax beans and green beans and cook until just crisp-tender, 3 to 4 minutes. Drain and immediately plunge into the ice water to stop the cooking. Let sit in the ice water a few minutes, then drain well.
  2. Meanwhile, put the potatoes in a medium saucepan, cover with salted cold water and bring to a boil. Lower the heat and simmer until the potatoes are almost cooked through (a knife inserted into the center should meet just a little resistance), 8 to 10 minutes. Drain well; let cool slightly.
  3. Make the vinaigrette: Whisk the vinegar, mustard, honey, garlic and anchovy paste in a bowl and season with salt and pepper. Slowly whisk in 1/2 cup olive oil until emulsified.
  4. Preheat a grill to high. Slice the potatoes lengthwise, brush with 2 tablespoons olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Place on the grill cut-side down and grill until browned, 2 to 3 minutes. Flip and grill until tender, 1 to 2 more minutes. Keep the grill on.
  5. Combine the wax and green beans, grilled potatoes, tomatoes, onion, basil and parsley in a large bowl. Add the vinaigrette and toss gently. Season with salt and pepper. Cover and set aside at room temperature.
  6. Prepare the shrimp: Combine the fennel seeds, mustard powder, coriander and 1/2 teaspoon each salt and pepper in a bowl. Add the shrimp and toss to evenly coat. Add 1/4 cup olive oil and toss to coat. Place the shrimp on the grill and cook until golden brown and slightly charred, 1 1/2 to 2 minutes. Flip the shrimp and continue grilling until just cooked through, 45 seconds to 1 minute. Divide the salad among 4 plates and top with the shrimp.