Summer Seafood Salad

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Summer Seafood Salad-light and healthy

Summer temperatures can reach a three-digit mark in many areas of the United States, as well as in other countries of the world. Certainly, the thought of standing over a hot stove preparing dinner, or worse, heating up the entire kitchen while a meal is cooking in the oven, is unappealing. Therefore, when the temperatures climb we want a refreshing meal that is both healthy and light.

One of my favorite recipes for any time of the year is the seafood salad recipe my youngest daughter, Christa, introduced to me a couple of years ago. It was presented, not during the hot summer, but in the middle of winter on a cold December evening. It was a real treat because it held my favorite foods: shrimp, mussels, and scallops, a cornucopia of treasures from the sea.

She surprised me with this wonderful dish on New Year’s Eve and it quickly became a very special meal. It is elegant enough to stand as a main course for a celebratory event, hearty enough to fix for a hungry group, and healthy enough for the most die-hard vegetarian in the crowd.

When I recently visited Christa and her family on their Florida vacation, she made it a point to save one of the family meals for this ‘summer’ seafood salad. She knows how much I enjoy it and was excited that we were in an area where fresh seafood was in abundance. One afternoon, she and I went shopping at the local fish market and later stopped to pick up the fresh parsley and other ingredients to make the vinaigrette. I’m not sure which brought more joy-the uninterrupted time spent together, or the meal shared.

If you like seafood, this recipe is sure to please. If cooking is your strong point, the steps will not challenge you. However, if you are a novice in the kitchen you may feel a bit intimidated in trying your culinary skills with this recipe. I urge you to relax, be patient with yourself and stick with the process. In the end, I guarantee you will be proud of your results. No matter how it turns out, it is sure to be a cooking adventure!

Summer Seafood Salad

Seafood Salad- a treasure-trove of ocean delights
Seafood Salad- a treasure-trove of ocean delights | Source

Cook Time

Prep time: 45 min
Cook time: 10 min
Ready in: 55 min
Yields: 6-8

Ingredients to Summer Seafood Salad

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Fresh ingredients and kosher salt are recommended for this dish.Fresh lemons enhance the Seafood SaladThere are many types of shrimp.  In this making we used two kinds. The Red Tail shrimp was sweeter.Bay scallops are smaller in size than Sea scallops but are just as tasty.
Fresh ingredients and kosher salt are recommended for this dish.
Fresh ingredients and kosher salt are recommended for this dish. | Source
Fresh lemons enhance the Seafood Salad
Fresh lemons enhance the Seafood Salad | Source
There are many types of shrimp.  In this making we used two kinds. The Red Tail shrimp was sweeter.
There are many types of shrimp. In this making we used two kinds. The Red Tail shrimp was sweeter. | Source
Bay scallops are smaller in size than Sea scallops but are just as tasty.
Bay scallops are smaller in size than Sea scallops but are just as tasty. | Source

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ lbs. (about 25-30) large shrimp
  • 1-2 lbs bay scallops
  • 3 lbs mussels
  • 3 lemons, 2 for zest & juice; 1 for garnish
  • 2 tsp. salt, kosher
  • 1/2 tsp. pepper, fresh ground
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp. thyme, fresh, removed from stems
  • 3 T. parsley, fresh, chopped
  • 1-2 T. lemon zest, approximately 2 lemons
  • 1-2 T. capers
  • 3/4 C. celery, approximately 2 stalks
  • 1/2 C white wine vinegar
  • 2 T champagne or white wine vinegar, in addition to 1/2 C.
  • 1/4 C. lemon juice, freshly squeezed
  • 2 T. Cook's champagne

How to make a Seafood Salad

  1. Seafood: Prepare all seafood by peeling and deveining shrimp, rinsing the scallops under cold water, and washing the outside of the mussels, removing the beards.
  2. Heat 8 C of cold water to a boil.
  3. Add 1/2 C white wine vinegar to the pot of boiling water.
  4. Cook shrimp for about 2 minutes or until pink and firm.
  5. Remove from water and place in a large bowl, but keep the pot boiling.
  6. Add scallops and cook about 3-4 minutes until firm. Remove from water and add to the shrimp bowl.
  7. Drain all but 1/2 C. of the seafood water. Bring to a boil. Add mussels and steam for 3-5 minutes until shells have opened. Discard any mussels who are still closed after 5 minutes of cooking.
  8. Drain and remove mussels from shells adding them to the seafood bowl.
  9. Sauce: Remove thyme from stems and add to a large pan with ½ C. olive oil.
  10. Mince garlic and add to the pan.
  11. Zest 2 lemons and add the zest to the pan.
  12. Add capers to the pan and heat on low for one minute stirring constantly and taking care not to burn the garlic.
  13. Remove from heat and add the lemon juice, salt, pepper, and white wine vinegar mixing thoroughly. Pour over the seafood.
  14. Celery and parsley finish: Chop celery and add to the seafood bowl
  15. Chop parsley and add to the seafood bowl. Mix gently with other ingredients.
  16. Chill in refrigerator for 1 – 2 hours. Just before serving add a sprinkle of kosher salt and toss lightly.
  17. Add thinly sliced lemons to garnish.
  18. Serve on rice with the sauce from the vinaigrette, or on a large lettuce leaf.
  19. Add Italian or French bread to complete the meal.
  20. Serve with white wine.

Boiled shrimp & scallops with steamed mussels

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Peel and devein the shrimp yourself, or save time and buy the shrimp prepared.Wash the mussels and remove any beards.Use a large pot to hold the quantity of seafood.Boil each type of seafood separately.Add the mussels (or clams) last with a small quantity of water to steam.Discard any mussels that do not open during the cooking process.Place all cooked seafood together in a large bowl.
Peel and devein the shrimp yourself, or save time and buy the shrimp prepared.
Peel and devein the shrimp yourself, or save time and buy the shrimp prepared. | Source
Wash the mussels and remove any beards.
Wash the mussels and remove any beards. | Source
Use a large pot to hold the quantity of seafood.
Use a large pot to hold the quantity of seafood. | Source
Boil each type of seafood separately.
Boil each type of seafood separately. | Source
Add the mussels (or clams) last with a small quantity of water to steam.
Add the mussels (or clams) last with a small quantity of water to steam. | Source
Discard any mussels that do not open during the cooking process.
Discard any mussels that do not open during the cooking process. | Source
Place all cooked seafood together in a large bowl.
Place all cooked seafood together in a large bowl. | Source

Preparing the sauce for the Seafood Salad

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Remove the thyme from the stemsMince the garlicZesting the lemon is easy with the right kitchen tool.Cook the thyme, garlic, lemon zest and (optional), capers together in the EVOO Chopped celery and parsley add color, flavor, and crunch.Measure all liquid ingredients ahead of time.Mix liquid ingredients and set aside.Add the champagne-vinegar mixture to the cooked seasonings.Poor the vinaigrette sauce over the seafood.Toss in the celery and parsley and mix gently.A tasty meal of Seafood Salad on rice.
Remove the thyme from the stems
Remove the thyme from the stems | Source
Mince the garlic
Mince the garlic | Source
Zesting the lemon is easy with the right kitchen tool.
Zesting the lemon is easy with the right kitchen tool. | Source
Cook the thyme, garlic, lemon zest and (optional), capers together in the EVOO
Cook the thyme, garlic, lemon zest and (optional), capers together in the EVOO | Source
Chopped celery and parsley add color, flavor, and crunch.
Chopped celery and parsley add color, flavor, and crunch. | Source
Measure all liquid ingredients ahead of time.
Measure all liquid ingredients ahead of time. | Source
Mix liquid ingredients and set aside.
Mix liquid ingredients and set aside. | Source
Add the champagne-vinegar mixture to the cooked seasonings.
Add the champagne-vinegar mixture to the cooked seasonings. | Source
Poor the vinaigrette sauce over the seafood.
Poor the vinaigrette sauce over the seafood. | Source
Toss in the celery and parsley and mix gently.
Toss in the celery and parsley and mix gently. | Source
A tasty meal of Seafood Salad on rice.
A tasty meal of Seafood Salad on rice. | Source

Important facts about seafood salad recipe

Notes:

Never use mussels that are unopened after cooking. These must be discarded

Fresh shrimp can be purchased shelled and deveined to save time

Chop, measure and prepare all ingredients before starting the cooking process

Kosher salt has a larger crystal and is preferred by many chefs

Table salt is finer. Decrease by half when substituting for kosher salt.

Bay scallops are smaller in size in comparison to Sea scallops.

Capers can be heated with garlic or added to the seafood bowl without heating

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Just Ask Susan profile image

Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Denise, This sounds great! Love seafood and any kind of salad made with seafood.


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writer20 4 years ago from Southern Nevada

This sound right for me but with an shrimp allergy I would have to use more mussles and scallopes.

Vote up useful and interesting, Joyce.


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lovebuglena 4 years ago from Staten Island, NY

yum!


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Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Susan-this is the BEST seafood salad I have ever had. It takes a bit of time for all the prep work, but the rest is easy-just putting everything together. Hope you try it sometime.


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Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Hi Joyce-I'm always amazed at folks who live with a shrimp allergy, haha. My mother was so allergic to shrimp there wasn't anything in our house that had that flavor. I learned to love these prawns when I was a teen but had to eat them out in restaurants.

Please, definitely try the recipe minus the shrimp. I would suggest mixing the scallops between bay and sea scallops which are much larger. You could probably get away with half a dozen. Are you also allergic to crab and lobster? If not, add those instead.

Thanks for your feedback and votes. :)


kelleyward 4 years ago

This looks fantastic Denise! Too bad I don't live around fresh seafood. I guess I could try it with what we have here. My boys love shrimp and scallops. Given 5 stars and Shared! Thanks for sharing! Kelley


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Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

My sentiments exactly, lovebuglena--you must try it. I say "YUM" every time it is made. :) Thanks for reading and commenting.


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writer20 4 years ago from Southern Nevada

Hopefully I never become allergic to crab, I don't get in to contact very often with lobster so I'm still good with these two. Joyce.


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Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

I love shrimp and will be trying this one out for the summertime hopefully soon. Voting up and sharing!!


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Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Kelley-do not wait for a fresh seafood place. If you have a large grocery store with a meat or fish market there use that. It is such a delicious salad, it is too good to wait for the perfect opportunity. :) We made this recipe without being at the ocean for several years now. Thanks for your stars and share. :)


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Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Hi Janine H-I'm so glad that you will be trying this recipe out. I appreciate you reading it. Any seafood can be substituted if you get tired of shrimp.


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Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Joyce--Since you are not allergic to crab or lobster I would suggest substituting either or both of those if you care to try the recipe. Thanks for sharing your thoughts about this. :)


lovedoctor926 4 years ago

I love seafood and this shrimp salad looks amazing! Voted up!


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Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thanks--it is well worth the tedious chopping and prep work.


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emilybee 4 years ago

Oh yum!!! I love seafood so much....I love ordering it out in summertime but this recipe would be a great dish to make!!! Great instruction and pictures!


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Deborah Brooks 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

I love seafood and love salads.. and I love this recipe.. I will make this on the 4th..

thank you

voted way up

Debbie


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Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA

This looks like a wonderful summertime treat! I LOVE the shrimp we get here on the North Carolina coast! Maybe it's time to try mussels and scallops, too! Your beautiful layout and photographs really enhance this delightful recipe!


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Pamela-anne 4 years ago from Kitchener, Ontario

I had lunch with my mother and aunt today at red lobster which we all enjoyed but after seeing your recipe I am ready for a big bowl of that lovely seafood salad of yours it looks yummy! thanks for sharing. take care pam.


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Jo_Goldsmith11 4 years ago

yummy! This is perfect! It is almost 100 degrees here in Ky. I am making this for dinner. We happen to have some left over shrimp and I can force myself to go to the local store to pick up a few ingrediants. Maybe some ice cream too. :) Shared and voted up..and I can't wait to eat! :)


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How to - Answers 4 years ago from Ireland

What a great recipe! Your photos and step by step instructions are excellent, so easy to follow and appetizing photos.

Shared with Twitter and voted 5 stars


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

I love seafood - what a great recipe!

Loved the photos and instructions, thank you and voted up


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cclitgirl 4 years ago from Western NC

I've been wanting to stop by and take a look at this since you posted it the other day. Now, as I said, this is a FABULOUS hub, even though I'm not big on seafood - I grew up in the mountains far from the sea and just never developed a taste for it. But this hub looks so good, I might just have to give this stuff a try. My husband would be happy - he loves seafood and only gets it when we got out to eat. hehehe. Fabulous pictures - thanks for sharing this. :)


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Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

I'm so sorry for not responding sooner...I've been working and traveling immediately following my last shift, so I've not been on the computer. For those who don't know this, I work from 7 pm to 7:30 a.m. and sleep from 9 a.m. - 4 pm before starting my next work day...so, no time to respond during the day. BUT-I am now on vacation, woo hoo!

Stephanie- I agree with you about the great seafood here in NC and I would encourage the mussels and scallops for the bit of a change. Thanks for stopping by.

Hi Pamela-anne-I'm glad to hear this hub inspired you to make it. I hope you get a chance to make it soon.


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Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Hi Jo--good to see you. I hope you didn't get the severe storms that NC did--I know what you mean about the temps. NC cooled briefly after the rain, but it is hot again. How did the salad turn out?

How to-Answers-thanks; glad you liked the recipe and lay out. Thanks for the share and vote!

Hi Movie Master-I'm with you; I love seafood as well. Thanks for the vote.

Hi CC-Thanks for your feedback. I've been out of computer land for awhile so I missed the 'fabulous' on FB, -thanks! I hope you make your husband this dish-it is sure to please.


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Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Emilybee and Deborah Brooks-I'm so sorry I skipped over your comments when I started responding to them 5 days ago...I was interrupted and never got back to them until now.

Thank you for reading and commenting, I appreciate your feedback and votes up! :)

Deborah--I hope you have an opportunity to make it for your 4th of July celebration. Let me know how it goes over with your crowd.


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Danette Watt 4 years ago from Illinois

Sounds great! I haven't had mussels before but I'd like to try this. I'm always looking for something new to make. Unfortunately, this won't work for my vegetarian son who won't eat fish either :~(

Voted up and 5 stars for it's eye appeal and ingredients


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Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thanks for your comments, Danette-fish and seafood--I thought those were two different things? You mean he won't eat either? Thanks for the stars and vote up.


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Peggy W 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

Great sounding recipe Denise. Being as close to the Gulf of Mexico as we are here in Houston, fresh seafood is available year round and we love it. I grow the fresh thyme in my garden as well as parsley. Yum! Can almost taste this now...but will have to wait to get a few ingredients on hand. Thanks for your recipe. Voted up, useful and will share with my followers.


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina

Looks and sounds delicious and with the heat wave we've been having in Delaware, it's a great time to test this recipe out, especially since my hubby loves shrimp, mussels and scallops.

Your step by step photo directions look great and easy to follow and I also liked the introduction where you talked about how much you enjoyed shopping for the ingredients with Christa and sharing this meal with family.

Given 5 stars and voted up across the board except for funny. Am also going to share this with followers.


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Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Hi Peggy-glad to hear you found the recipe enticing. I keep telling myself to grow my own herbs, but have yet to do so-good for you! Thanks for the vote up and sharing.

Hi Gail-I hope you do try it-it is a refreshing dish. Thanks for giving it a 5 star rating, the vote up and the share. It is a crowd pleaser recipe. Please let me know, if you do give it a try, what hubby says. Enjoy your summer. I just returned from a week in Michigan seeing 'my girls' and grandkids. :)


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Jeff Gamble 4 years ago from Denton, Texas

Looks delicious Denise - I will have to try this one. Great photos too!


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Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Hi Jeff-thanks for reading and commenting. It's one of the most delicious seafood dishes I've tasted. I've been encouraging everyone to give this wonderful recipe a try. It has a long prep, but is worth every minute of it.


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anglnwu 4 years ago

Looks yummy and I bet, totally refreshing. I"m glad to learn something new and since my husband loves shrimp, I may surprise him with this. Thanks and rated 5 stars.


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Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Hi anglnwu-I bet your husband will love this refreshing seafood salad. It is tedious to get the ingredients all together but so worth it. I enjoy it and eat like a PIG whenever we make it. Thanks for the stars. :)


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acaetnna 4 years ago from Guildford

This sounds really lovely Denise. I shall certainly be trying out this recipe = I am never sure about mussels though, so I guess it wont hurt too much if I leave them out!!


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blessed365 4 years ago from New England

This looks so delicious. I love some seafood.


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Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

I'm glad you liked the recipe, acaetnna-yes, tweak the recipe for your own taste. Are you uncertain about taste or quality? If it is taste, and you like clams, do a swap. If you don't like either, but you like lobster, haha...boil the lobster in the water last and cut the meat into bite size pieces to add to the bowl. It is very versatile. Thanks for reading and commenting.

Hello blessed365-thank you for reading. I hope you give the recipe a try...it is delightful.


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carter06 4 years ago from Cronulla NSW

Hi Denise...It's really nice to get to know you & had to comment on this delicious one, reminds me of one I found in Paris & can't wait to try...voted up & awesome...cheers


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Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Hi Carter-the feeling is mutual. Thanks for reading and commenting. You must give this one a try-and no stones or pits to remove, haha, only the shrimp de-veining! Oh, and the mussel schucking LOL

Thanks for the votes, I appreciate it. :)


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cardelean 4 years ago from Michigan

Good stuff! Wish I would have been there to enjoy it with you guys! :) Great directions and pictures.


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Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thank you, Cara, I appreciate your feedback. Oh, I agree...it would have been even more special having you there, too. We have discussed the three of us renting a place together another time in the future. It would be a blast. :) I have fond memories of my 50th birthday and the road trip we all took together sans husbands. :)


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suziecat7 3 years ago from Asheville, NC

Wow - this sounds fantastic. Thanks for sharing this well-written Hub.


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Denise Handlon 3 years ago from North Carolina Author

Hi Suziecat-thanks for your comment. I really encourage you to give it a try-it may take a bit of time to construct the final dish, but it is very well worth it. If you like seafood, you won't be sorry! And, it's a great dish to entertain with. :) Enjoy!


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

This is definitely my kind of food, I usually go for paella in the winter and seafood salad in the summer, over here at the moment its well up into the 90s and getting hotter, so I am definitely going to be making it, thanks!


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Denise Handlon 3 years ago from North Carolina Author

Hi Nell...here also, in NC. Hey-I here the Duke and Duchess are new parents now...sweet! :)


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AudreyHowitt 2 years ago from California

This put me so in the mood for seafood salad! Love this!


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Denise Handlon 2 years ago from North Carolina Author

Oh, that is wonderful, Audrey. I hope you get to the seafood market soon and pick up the ingredients. I"m looking forward to having some next week with my daughter and family. They are coming into the Outer Banks here in NC for a visit. :) The perfect place to pick up some fresh seafood. Thanks for reading.


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rebeccamealey 2 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

This seafood salad sounds terrific. You are right. The oven really heats up the kitchen, not to mention the power bill on top of all that air conditioner running. Thanks for a great summer recipe!


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Denise Handlon 2 years ago from North Carolina Author

Yes, do try it, Rebecca. It is one of my yr round favorites, but especially in the summer. !

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