Grilled Shrimp Caesar Salad

When we first moved to Nashville, we lived in a hotel for little over a month.  Sounds like fun right? Well it was a fun adventure for a bit, but it sort of got old fast. My biggest defeat was not having a kitchen (that and having an untrained 4 month year old puppy.)

We would constantly go out to eat and dine at the hotel bar. Dillon would order the Grilled Shrimp Caesar Salad and I would make my way around the menu. Whenever he ordered the salad, I would go on about how I could make it better. I guess I was feeling a little cocky.

Once we finally moved into our new place (and once I finally found somewhere to buy good shrimp…) I backed up my cockiness with one of the best Grilled Shrimp Caesar Salads I’ve ever made.

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Ingredients
1 lb. peeled, deveined shrimp
1 Large head of Romaine Lettuce (roughly chopped)
Shaved Parmesan and Asiago Cheese
Croutons (Im a fan of homemade croutons. I used my own recipe, here.)
Caesar Dressing
***I use a store bought Caesar dressing. Whenever I use a store bought Caesar, I mix a little in a bowl with fresh squeezed lemon juice, cayenne pepper and ground black pepper to kick it up a bit.***

Ingredients for Shrimp Marinade
1/3 cup of Olive Oil
1 Large Lemon (1/2 lemon for marinade/other half to use once shrimp are cooked)
Kosher salt, to taste
Ground Black Pepper, to taste
Tablespoon Fresh Garlic
Tablespoon Italian Seasoning
Teaspoon Smoked Paprika
Teaspoon Dried Basil

Instructions 

In a large bowl mix Olive Oil, 1/2 squeezed Lemon, Garlic, Salt, Pepper, Italian Seasoning, Smoked Paprika and Dried Basil in a bag. Add washed off shrimp to mixture. Set aside in fridge. Let marinate for 20 minutes.

While waiting for shrimp…combine lettuce, croutons and cheeses in a large bowl. Set aside in Fridge.

After 20 minutes…Heat pan to a medium high heat. Cook Shrimp on each side for about 2-3 minutes. Once done, squeeze other half of lemon over shrimp.

Add shrimp to bowl with lettuce, cheeses, and croutons.
Mix in Caesar dressing and Serve!

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