The recipe and photography for this post was provided by Carolyn Hodges of The Dinner Shift.
As someone who focuses heavily on dishes for the main course of a meal, my philosophy when it comes to appetizers is to keep it simple. These Blackened Shrimp and Cucumber Bites fit the bill because they come together in about 15 minutes with just a handful of ingredients, but they look super fancy and taste fresh and delicious.
To add big flavor fast, I’m tossing Heinen’s jumbo peeled shrimp in a Cajun-style seasoning blend. This saves me the step of measuring out multiple spices. Adding a garnish of Vigeo Gardens microgreens is an easy way to make these apps look elegant, and did you know they’re packed with beneficial nutrients and antioxidants? It’s a win-win.
While these are best assembled just before serving, you can prepare the shrimp up to a day in advance and serve chilled atop the cucumber and avocado.
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- 1 lb. Heinen's fresh jumbo shrimp, peeled and deveined
- 1 Tbsp. Cajun-style seasoning
- 1 Tbsp. Heinen's olive oil
- 1 English cucumber, cut at an angle into 16 slices
- 1 cup Vigeo Gardens microgreens blend
- ½ cup Stonewall Kitchen sriracha aioli
- In a bowl, gently toss the shrimp in the seasoning.
- Heat the olive oil in a medium skillet over medium-high heat.
- Add the shrimp and cook for 4-5 minutes, or until cooked through, flipping once. Set aside.
- Arrange the cucumber slices on a serving platter. Top each with a slice of avocado, one shrimp and garnish with microgreens.
- Serve the aioli in a small dish for topping.