Seafood Cilantro Salad

Hi everyone!  It feels like it has been forever since my last post!  I’m not sure if I have been more busy or my mind is just congested with the million things that need to be done or maybe a little of both.  You see, my son has decided to go to school out of state.  He decided on this a couple of weeks before our vacation.  We managed to get all the paperwork done and requirements satisfied before we went on vacation….whew, yea!  We did not hear anything on his acceptance until the day we returned home.  Yes, he was accepted….. to where you ask?  The same place we just spent a week on vacation.  Do you know what all we could have gotten done during that week?  WOW!  He has to register for classes, but before he does that he has to attend a mandatory orientation and set up an academic advisor.  He has to get his student ID, he has to get a Florida drivers license…because yes he wants to be a permanent resident, change his insurance, get a job and find a place to live and blah, blah blah, blah blah.  Can you see why I am feeling a little overwhelmed?  Oh my goodness!  I know it will all get done and it will all work out but I am not one of those people who does the waiting game very well!  It drives me crazy when everything is up in the air and unsettled.  I want it all done NOW!

So….the silver lining.  Since I didn’t know about his acceptance, I didn’t run around like a chicken with my head cut off on my vacation.  I actually enjoyed it, which was much needed.  This is going to be a great opportunity for my son.  The first time he will be “spreading his wings”.  He will have to handle much of this on his own and it is going to be a great experience for him.  Am I letting go?  Oh no, I DON’T THINK SO!!!!!  I am very much still raising him!  But I have to say, I am beginning to feel the pull or should I say the rip.  As if he is slowly being ripped away from me until one day he is completely on his own, living his own life, and I am wondering if he will come home for the holidays or visit the in-laws….OMG….that was a huge jump! Okay I have to stop now! 

On a much lighter note, I had a salad similar to this on a buffet at a local restaurant.  Their version had calamari and it was so, so good.  It is very fresh and light with the lemon and cilantro, and the jalapeno gives it just the right kick.  I couldn’t find calamari so I left it out.  Before this salad, I had only tried the fried version of calamari so I was pleasantly surprised at how good it was.  If you can find a good quality calamari I would recommend it in this salad.  This is a great refreshing, cool salad for summer.  I hope you enjoy!


1 lb shrimp, cooked and peeled

6 oz imitation crab meat

1 cup fresh cilantro

1 jalapeno, sliced into rings

1 bellpepper, diced

1 lemon, cut into wedges

Mix all ingredients together (including lemon wedges) and chill until ready to serve.  When serving make sure each plate gets one or two lemon wedges to squeeze on the salad.  ENJOY!

22 thoughts on “Seafood Cilantro Salad

  1. This salad looks wonderful my friend, so refreshing and beautiful🙂
    I hope it calms your stress levels down and congrats to your son🙂

    Choc Chip Uru

  2. My son is starting college this fall too, so I completely understand!🙂 You salad looks amazing, just perfect for the hot summer days!

  3. Congratulations to your son! A yummy zesty salad like this is just shat you need to calm your nerves and get into to action to get things done. Take care, BAM

  4. This sounds simple and delicious – hope this helped keeping you from getting too overwhelmed. Sounds like you have a lot of changes on the horizon!

  5. Thanks for letting me camp out in your blog for a little while today. I had a great time and tried to leave my campsite as good as when I arrived. I’ll be back, especially since you have the best camp store I’ve ever been to. The shrimp cilantro and the fig muffins were particularly delicious.

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