Mango adds sweet flavor to shrimp salad

Florentine shrimp mango salad is paired with sweet corn on the cob for a refreshing summer dish. (Tribune News Service)

There are many different varieties of mango with different textures, sweetness levels and flavors. Any type works well in this recipe. They add a sweet flavor and soft texture to the plump shrimp.

I like to keep a bag of peeled, frozen shrimp on hand for quick dinners. They can be defrosted in a bowl of cold water in about five minutes and take less than that time to cook. Follow the recipe below for cooking shrimp in any other recipe.

I cut the mango into cubes for the salad. Here is a quick way to do that:

Slice off each side of the mango as close to the seed as possible. Take the mango half in your hand, skin side down. Score the fruit in a crisscross pattern through to the skin. Bend the skin backward so that the cubes pop up. Slice the cubes away from the skin. Score and slice any fruit left on the pit.

Alternatively, any ripe fruit can be used instead of mangoes, such as peaches, plums or pineapple.

FLORENTINE SHRIMP MANGO SALAD

Servings: 2

3/4 pound large shrimp, shelled

8 cups washed, ready-to-eat baby spinach leaves

2 ripe mangoes cut into cubes, (about 2 cups)

1/4 cup reduced fat oil and vinegar dressing

2 tablespoons fresh oregano leaves or 2 teaspoons dried oregano

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Place the shrimp in a saucepan, and cover with cold water. Heat the water until it starts to simmer with white bubbles just appearing around the edge of the pot and the water turning white. Remove from heat, and let sit for 1 minute. Drain.

Divide the spinach between two plates. Add the mango cubes. Place the shrimp over the mangoes. Drizzle dressing over the shrimp and mango. Sprinkle with oregano and salt and pepper to taste.

Nutrition information per serving: 296 calories (12% from fat); 3.9 g fat (0.6 g saturated, 1.1 g monounsaturated); 278 mg cholesterol; 39.2 g protein; 31.2 g carbohydrates; 5.8 g fiber; 310 mg sodium.

SWEET CORN ON THE COB

Servings: 2

2 medium ears corn, shucked

4 teaspoons butter

2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

For boiled corn: Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Husk the corn, place it in the water and boil for 5 minutes. Corn will still continue to cook in its own heat when removed from the water.

For microwaved corn: Husk the corn, and wrap in plastic. Microwave on high for 5 minutes. (Time is for 650- to 700-watt ovens.)

Spread butter over corn. Sprinkle Parmesan cheese and salt and pepper to taste over corn.

Nutrition information per serving: 166 calories (55% from fat); 10.1 g fat (5.7 g saturated, 2.9 g monounsaturated); 25 mg cholesterol; 4.4 g protein; 17.8 g carbohydrates; 2.4 g fiber; 182 mg sodium.

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