Fresh Salad Greens, Market Vegetables and Broiled Shrimp with Mojo Sauce

For this simple and hearty salad I used salad greens, yellow squash, potatoes, beats and shrimp. Feel free to pile the salad high with whatever is seasonal and to your taste.

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Scrub potatoes under running water, place in a pot, cover with water and sprinkle with salt. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to simmer and cook for 20 minutes till tender. Drain, fill pot with cold water and drain several times and allow to cool. Cut the potatoes into bite size pieces and set aside.

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Trim root and greens from beets (but save the greens in a large glass or vase for another meal) and scrub well under running water. Place in a pot, cover with water and sprinkle with salt. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to simmer and cook for 20 minutes till tender. Drain, fill pot with cold water and drain several times and allow to cool.Peel the beats. The easiest way to do this is by simply rubbing the skin layer off of the cooled beats. The skins should just slide off. Dice beats and set aside.

While the potatoes and beats are simmering- Rinse and pat the salad greens dry, cut them into bite size pieces and place them on a platter. Rinse and cut the summer squash into bite size pieces then arrange them on top of the greens. If you like fresh onion, mince and sprinkle on top of the salad.

While the potatoes and beats are cooling- peal and rinse the shrimp, place on a lightly oiled broiler pan then flip them (this is an easy way to coat each one with oil) and sprinkle with salt and pepper. If you are serving the shrimp cold you can broil them immediately but if you want them warm refrigerate until 10 minutes before you are ready to serve the meal. Turn on the broiler and place the shrimp under the broiler until done, about 10 minutes, depending on the size.

Prepare the Mojo Sauce- Mix together 1 cup extra virgin olive oil, 6-10 cloves garlic; crushed, 1/4 cup lemon (and/or lime) juice and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Set aside.

Mound the cut potatoes on top of the already started salad, top with the diced beats and arrange the shrimp on the top of the salad platter. The Mojo Sauce can be drizzled on top or served on the side. We serve it on the side because some of us just like a little drizzle and others really pour it on and finish the plate with a piece of bread to soak up all of the delicious sauce.

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