Since I moved here to Vancouver, I’ve been travelling a lot with David. We’ve gone on many road trips together along the Pacific coast and enjoyed the spectacular scenery! One of my favorite spots is driving along the Oregon coast… Oh my! It is almost supernatural with its big rocks standing in the water and a slight haze surrounding them. We took extraordinary photos from sunrises to sunsets and each has a mystical flare to the picture.
After the Oregon coast, another place I think is so gorgeous is San Francisco. The first time I was there is when my father and I went to visit family. It was and still is so beautiful! I love the energy of that city. There are so many places to see, so many stores to shop at as well as so many restaurants and cafés to visit. If one day I can have my main residence somewhere in the states it will be between Bellingham, Seattle or San Francisco! Of course my second residence would definitely be located in the amazing Palm Springs area. Yeah I know I’m dreaming… perhaps that’s what keeps me going…!
The cool thing David and I love to do is to experiment with new dishes – he’s finally more adventurous in that department… yippee! and even more so when we travel. There is a dish that we never had before and we were quite impressed with it. It is a Crab Louie Salad! I’m not sure if we tried it the first time in Oregon or California but it sure had an impact on us. As soon as we came back from our trip (can’t remember which one it was), I made my own version of a Thousand Island dressing and assembled the ingredients for the salad. Throughout the years, I added ingredients by replacing others to the point that now we love it just the way it is.
My version of a Crab Louie Salad is a good base as a start and you can easily change some of my ingredients with your favorite ones. I love to combine crab and prawns together but you can either keep one of them or for a vegan/vegetarian version omit both of the seafoods. I personally don’t serve this type of salad as an appetizer but more as my main course. It is packed with yumminess and when you eat this salad, trust me you feel goooood! Next time you want to have just a salad for dinner, don’t look any further… this is the one!
- THOUSAND ISLAND DRESSING
- 1/3 cup mayonnaise, such as Hellmann's®
- 1/3 cup light sour cream
- 1 1/2 tbsp. chili sauce
- 1 tbsp. ketchup
- 1/4 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
- 2 tsp. sweet relish
- 1/4 tsp. hot paprika
- 1/2 large head iceberg lettuce, finely chopped
- 1/4 large English cucumber, thinly sliced
- 14-16 large cherry tomatoes, halved
- 12 large shrimp or prawns, poached *SEE FOOTNOTE
- 1/2 lb. crab meat
- 2 large eggs, boiled, chilled, peeled and sliced
- 1 large avocado, pitted, peeled and sliced
- 2 slices bacon, cooked and finely chopped
- Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
- 2 large lemon wedges, for garnish
- 1 tbsp. fresh chopped parsley, for garnish
FOOTNOTE: To learn on how to poach shrimp/prawns, click on this link... http://clubfoody.com/tips-tricks/poaching-prawnsshrimp-how-to/