Coconut Shrimp Cakes with Mango Salsa

coconut shrimp cakes

I really, really love coconut shrimp, but deep frying is not my favorite thing. It’s messy and requires a LOT of oil. And when you cook with high-quality oil, like coconut oil, it can get expensive.

I saw some precooked wild-caught shrimp at the store recently and my kids went nuts and wanted to get some. (They really like “shrimps”.) Because they were already cooked and really small, I didn’t think coconut shrimp would be an option.

Enter: fritters. I love fritters. You can put just about anything in them and you get a little bit of “fried” action without a ton of oil. So I made an attempt at a coconut shrimp fritter. They turned out so flavorful, and the addition of Meyer lemon zest gave it a boost of sweet citrus flavor. If you can’t find Meyer lemons, just use half lemon and half orange zest.

coconut shrimp cakes prep

Doesn’t this look like spring? I love the colors. It’s the perfect recipe for today because it’s SNOWING here as I type this. S.N.O.W.I.N.G. I have an appointment to go to this morning, and I’m still wearing flip flops. Maybe I’m in denial that it’s actually snowing, but I don’t care. It’s April.

Since mangoes remind me of flip flops and spring time and are abundant and less expensive lately, I topped the fritters with some fresh mango salsa. (Speaking of mangoes, The Whole Story, the official Whole Foods blog, featured one of my photos in a post about how to slice a mango. Fun!)

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Oh, and by the way, this is my life right now. Two things about this photo:

1. I tried (unsuccessfully) to get a few shots on the floor of my kitchen. Yes, I put my food on the floor. It gets really good light there. And I don’t always feel like dragging my kitchen table five feet. Little One makes a beeline for the plate as soon as she sees me crouched on the floor with my camera. I had to resort to using the very small amount of space on my countertop with good lighting. Which brings me to…

2. That is how my sink and counter look most of the day. Why?

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Because an open dishwasher is a chair. I do a lot of dishes at night now.

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Anyway.

I made a tweaked version of the Cilantro-Lime Vinaigrette from Our Best Bites to drizzle over the salad. I substituted Meyer lemon juice for half of the lime juice, grapeseed for the canola oil, and a reduced amount of honey for the sugar. After making this salad with and without the dressing, I have to say, the dressing really makes it!

I included a bunch of links to fritter recipes at the end of the post!

The gift card I received was provided by Whole Foods.

 

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Coconut Shrimp Cakes with Mango Salsa

Yield: Serves 4

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: About 45 minutes

Ingredients:

For the shrimp cakes:
1 pound cooked shrimp (shelled, cleaned, tails cut off)
1 cup dried, unsweetened coconut, divided
2 green onions, cut into 1-inch pieces
Zest from 1 lemon (Meyer lemon, if possible)
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1 egg
Squirt of sriracha
a few generous pinches of salt and pepper

coconut oil, for frying

For the salsa:
1 cup diced mango
1 cup diced jicama
1/2 cup diced English cucumber
1/2 of an avocado, peeled and diced
2 radishes, sliced thinly and julienned (matchsticks)
2 green onions, sliced thinly
Juice from 1 lemon (Meyer lemon, if possible)
1/4 cup chopped, fresh cilantro
Sriracha, to taste
Salt, to taste

For the salad:
Salad greens
Citrus vinaigrette (see link within post for recipe and adaptations)

Directions:

To make the shrimp cakes:
Pulse shrimp in a food processor until finely chopped and almost paste-like. Transfer to a medium-sized mixing bowl. Add 2/3 cup of the coconut and the remainder of the shrimp cake ingredients (except for the coconut oil). Mix thoroughly.

Place the remaining 1/3 cup of coconut in a shallow dish. Form patties from the shrimp mixture (about 2-inches across) and press both sides of the patties into the coconut.

Put enough coconut oil into a medium-sized pan to coat the bottom well. (About 1/4-inch will do.) Heat over medium-high heat until the oil begins to "shimmer" and it splatters when you flick water into the pan. Working in batches, fry a few of the patties at a time, flipping once, until they're golden brown on both sides. Transfer to a stack of paper towels to drain and keep warm.

To make the salsa:
Combine all salsa ingredients into a medium bowl. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.

Serve shrimp cakes over salad greens. Top with mango salsa and a drizzle of vinaigrette.

Nat's Notes:
1. If you don't have or can't find Meyer lemons, use half regular lemon and half orange zest/juice.
2. You can form the patties up to a day in advance and the mango salsa a couple of hours in advance. Just cover and refrigerate both until you're ready to fry the cakes.

from Perry's Plate

Here are a few more fritter recipes around the Interwebs that caught my eye!

Leek & Brussels Sprout Fritters - Perry’s Plate
Broccoli Parmesan Fritters - Smitten Kitchen
Eggplant Fritters in Chickpea Flour - Food Wanderings
Spicy Corn Fritters - Perry’s Plate
Root Vegetable Fritters - Spoon Fork Bacon
Bacon Cheddar Cauliflower Fritters - Cinnamon Spice and Everything Nice
Tuna Melt Fritters - Perry’s Plate
Buffalo Chicken Quinoa Fritters - Closet Cooking
Indian Spinach and Chickpea Fritters - Perry’s Plate
Apple Fritters - Buns in My Oven

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146 Responses to “Coconut Shrimp Cakes with Mango Salsa”

  1. 1

    cc — April 8, 2013 @ 10:28 am

    fruit salad!

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    Barbara McCrary — April 8, 2013 @ 10:32 am

    Fave springtime meal is anything with lettuce, blueberries, and strawberries!

  3. 3

    Ashley — April 8, 2013 @ 10:40 am

    Tomato, avocado, and cucumber salad. Delish!

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    Kathy — April 8, 2013 @ 10:41 am

    My favorite springtime meal is everything fresh from our garden, steamed beans, scallions,lettuce green peppers & tomatoes.with some grilled fish!! Can’t wait to try your coconut shrimp ;-).

  5. 5

    ellen — April 8, 2013 @ 10:44 am

    Strawberry, blueberry, mandarins, walnuts and pineapple on lettuce. Add some chicken and you’re done!

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    Leslie — April 8, 2013 @ 10:49 am

    Grilled bacon-wrapped shrimp. Yum!

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    DessertForTwo — April 8, 2013 @ 10:57 am

    Love the photos of your real life! :)

    My favorite spring meal is a pan of roasted asparagus with a fried egg. So good, so simple.

  8. 8

    Ali Thornley — April 8, 2013 @ 11:02 am

    I love chicken salad croissant sandwiches or anything on the grill in Spring and summer :)

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    Emily — April 8, 2013 @ 11:03 am

    A strawberry banana smoothie!

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    Stephie @ Eat Your Heart Out — April 8, 2013 @ 11:05 am

    Darling, these cakes look just glorious! What a great way to make use of those tiny little guys and avoid too much frying (which makes me crazy nervous).

    Anything rhubarb makes my heart sing in the springtime. Yummy!

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    Ashley Perry — April 8, 2013 @ 11:12 am

    Green and Purple Grapes with candied pecans and mango stilton! Definitely a family fav!

  12. 12

    Caitlin W — April 8, 2013 @ 11:13 am

    My favorite thing about spring is the flowers! I love all types of flowers.

  13. 13

    Heather Shutt — April 8, 2013 @ 11:28 am

    Fruit smoothies with yogurt.
    PS had your egg/tomato omelette today for lunch.y. It got scrambled, so I put it in my homemade pita pockets with spinach, romain and Italian dressing. Didn’t really need the dressing.

  14. 14

    Dorothy at Belle of the Kitchen — April 8, 2013 @ 11:45 am

    I love anything with roasted asparagus with goat cheese, a roasted beet salad, and shrimp. The first meal on the grill is a favorite, too!

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    meredith — April 8, 2013 @ 11:54 am

    My favorite springtime meal is cold roasted vegetables (like brussel sprouts, carrots, and asparagus). A little bit of seasoning and a few hours in the fridge!

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    vaishali — April 8, 2013 @ 11:59 am

    I love fruit salads in spring..:)

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    Lauren — April 8, 2013 @ 12:07 pm

    I just want to say thanks for posting the behind-the-scenes pictures of your kitchen and kiddo… because I always see beautiful food blog pictures and look at my messy kitchen (messy from basic things like eating cereal for dinner?) and want to cry :)

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    natalie@thesweetslife — April 8, 2013 @ 12:08 pm

    anything with asparagus!! :)

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    Sara — April 8, 2013 @ 12:11 pm

    Salmon and asparagus…. or favas if someone else has prepared them :)

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    Monica — April 8, 2013 @ 12:12 pm

    Hi. I love avocado year-round, but I do feel it’s great for spring too. Probably has to do with the pretty green color.
    I have a chicken and avocado salad that is super yummy.
    Love you!

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    The Farm Girl — April 8, 2013 @ 12:15 pm

    My favorite spring meal is tomato spinach pizzas on the grill. Love it when it warms up enough to use my bbq :)

  22. 22

    Sarah H.P. — April 8, 2013 @ 12:21 pm

    My favorite springtime meal is hot dogs on the grill with baked beans, chips, and potato salad!!

  23. 23

    Gretchen Alice — April 8, 2013 @ 12:40 pm

    Pasta salad!

  24. 24

    Holly — April 8, 2013 @ 12:50 pm

    It’s not a solely springtime food, but I love Deviled Eggs. Yummm…

  25. 25

    Ali Hoot — April 8, 2013 @ 12:50 pm

    One of our fave go-to spring/summer meals is pasta salad! I make an easy & yummy one with rainbow rotini, chicken, broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, and Italian dressing, and sometimes also add mozzerella and/or macadamia nuts! OK, yeah, so we’re obviously not paleo, but it’s still tasty! ;)

  26. 26

    Sarah | The Cyclist's Wife — April 8, 2013 @ 12:51 pm

    This sounds kind of dumb, but my favorite spring meal is brunch. When I think of spring, I think of brunch! :)

  27. 27

    Julie {Bananas for Bourbon} — April 8, 2013 @ 12:54 pm

    I love a good spring soup!

  28. 28

    Sare — April 8, 2013 @ 1:05 pm

    I love fish tacos….and I love fruit, all kinds. not sure if that makes for a spring meal, but I think it works. How exciting that you were published on the Whole Foods blog!!! Congrats!

  29. 29

    Hollie Wood — April 8, 2013 @ 1:10 pm

    My favorite meal for Spring is right along the same lines as this post…COCONUT SHRIMP TACOS with Mango Salsa. SO GOOD!!

  30. 30

    Marie C. — April 8, 2013 @ 1:10 pm

    Some may think this is more Summer, but for me Spring starts Grilling season. Anything on the grill.

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    Claire L — April 8, 2013 @ 1:12 pm

    Oh man, those fritters look delicious!
    My favorite springtime meal is an arugula salad with a maple-dijon dressing, sliced pears, crumbled goat cheese, and candied pecans. I’m making myself hungry describing it.

  32. 32

    Judy C. — April 8, 2013 @ 1:17 pm

    Pasta primavera!

  33. 33

    Nicole — April 8, 2013 @ 1:18 pm

    lemon meringue pie

  34. 34

    lauren — April 8, 2013 @ 1:20 pm

    grilled chicken salad

  35. 35

    Alison Hales — April 8, 2013 @ 1:20 pm

    Taco Salads and grilling anything on the grill

  36. 36

    brent — April 8, 2013 @ 1:21 pm

    I love when my wife makes coconut cream pie!

  37. 37

    Jennifer — April 8, 2013 @ 1:32 pm

    I love “bell pepper sandwiches” (bell pepper for the bread, mustard, avocado, tomato, onion slice, slice of cheese (optional), and turkey or grilled chicken

  38. 38

    Mindy O — April 8, 2013 @ 1:50 pm

    I think it’s going to be this one!!! Can’t wait to give it a try!

  39. 39

    Stacy Yarrington — April 8, 2013 @ 1:57 pm

    Strawberry Spinach Salad with a homemade strawberry poppy seed vinaigrette and Swiss cheese, bacon, and sugared almonds.

  40. 40

    janet choe — April 8, 2013 @ 2:23 pm

    I love salads! All kinds of salads!

  41. 41

    Liz @ The Lemon Bowl — April 8, 2013 @ 2:27 pm

    Oh I so relate to the floor photos and the little one grabbing the food!!

  42. 42

    Jen — April 8, 2013 @ 2:33 pm

    Asparagus with a poached egg. Yum!!

  43. 43

    DIANE TINNES — April 8, 2013 @ 2:48 pm

    The best spring time meal is a salad made with fresh spring mix greens, sliced green onions, shredded leftover rotisserie chicken, sliced strawberries, sliced almonds & a vinaigrette of olive oil & white balsamic vinegar (or strawberry balsamic vinegar). Yum!

  44. 44

    Darlene — April 8, 2013 @ 2:53 pm

    Potato salad and any grilled meat!

  45. 45

    Emilie — April 8, 2013 @ 3:14 pm

    Anything mexican reminds me of springtime!

  46. 46

    Katie — April 8, 2013 @ 4:28 pm

    I like roast chicken and veggies!

  47. 47

    Sue Houting — April 8, 2013 @ 4:35 pm

    My new favorite is Coconut Shrimp Cakes with Mango Sauce :)

  48. 48

    Janssen — April 8, 2013 @ 5:52 pm

    I love your two fresh cheeses balsamic pasta. (Pasta seems summery to me – I wonder why that is?)

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    Tieghan — April 8, 2013 @ 5:52 pm

    Oh I love this! I am a new lover of coconut and the mangos are calling my name! Oh, and I totally put my food on the floor! The things we will do for good light! LOL

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    Joanne — April 8, 2013 @ 6:21 pm

    The picture of your little girl on the dishwasher is just too precious!! Now…what’s MY excuse for always having my sink look like that lol?

  51. 51

    Aunt Kimi — April 8, 2013 @ 6:23 pm

    Pineapple Pie!! Good for any time of the year, really. But Springtime makes it seem especially relevant :)

  52. 52

    Jaimee — April 8, 2013 @ 7:41 pm

    I love a berry spinach salad with honey glazed almonds and walnuts.

  53. 53

    Callie — April 8, 2013 @ 7:43 pm

    Asparagus pizza and all of the fresh fruit for a fruit salad

  54. 54

    Rachel — April 8, 2013 @ 7:44 pm

    fresh fish tacos…all day long! and by the way, I love your blog. I pass on your recipes all the time so keep ‘em coming girl!!

  55. 55

    Eric Jackson — April 8, 2013 @ 7:46 pm

    Fried chicken!

  56. 56

    sara — April 8, 2013 @ 8:38 pm

    Spring is a tricky one, I think fish tacos!

  57. 57

    Emilee — April 8, 2013 @ 9:15 pm

    Mango and crab salad is my favorite spring lunch this year. Fresh mangoes, cucumbers, lump meat crab on top of spring greens with a poppyseed dressing. Yum!

  58. 58

    Jodi J. — April 8, 2013 @ 9:31 pm

    Ooh, this looks yummy! I love coconut shrimp and mango salsa. It is snowing here too! I’m ready for spring. One of my favorite things is chicken salad on croissants! Yum!

  59. 59

    Cookin Canuck — April 8, 2013 @ 9:39 pm

    I love that picture of your little one! These shrimp cakes look and sounds fantastic…what great flavors.

  60. 60

    B Chapman — April 8, 2013 @ 9:47 pm

    Gazpacho – all the flavors of the new season in a quick and easy dinner that makes plenty of leftovers.

  61. 61

    Waka — April 9, 2013 @ 1:31 am

    Shrimp roll was my favorite I was like every kind of sea foods. And the most I love is any kind of shrimp product. Your coconut shrimp would be the healthy one I must trying.

  62. 62

    Rachel — April 9, 2013 @ 3:53 am

    In the spring I love interesting salads with beets, asparagus, seeing onions, cabbage and chickpeas.

  63. 63

    Alina — April 9, 2013 @ 4:41 am

    It would definitely have to be Strawberry Spinach salad with light dressing.

  64. 64

    Sean — April 9, 2013 @ 4:41 am

    A green Bean salad for sure!

  65. 65

    Natalie S — April 9, 2013 @ 5:17 am

    My favorite spring meal is grilled pork tenderloin with grilled asparagus! YUM!

  66. 66

    Lindsay G — April 9, 2013 @ 5:23 am

    Anything with strawberries!

  67. 67

    Emmy — April 9, 2013 @ 5:43 am

    Winter for me is all about comfort foods that keep me warm, but once the sun and warmth of spring hits (real spring, not the spring that’s still holding onto winter rains, snow and cold winds) I want something fresh! My all-time favorite spring dish is a big, fresh salad made with spinach and arugula, diced chicken and diced bacon, diced avocado, cherry tomatoes, spring onions, fresh blueberries and strawberries, bleu cheese and sugar glazed pecans. I don’t even use dressing because I don’t want to cover up the taste of one single bite of freshness! Every bite is scrumptious, makes me feel like I’m eating healthy, and reminds me of all the great fresh summer produce to come!

  68. 68

    Christina K. — April 9, 2013 @ 6:08 am

    I love a nice big green salad with lots of veggies in it and home made vinaigrette.

  69. 69

    Jessica — April 9, 2013 @ 6:56 am

    The first few homegrown or foraged veggies…fiddleheads, chives, young greens, asparagus…yummo!

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    Hannah M — April 9, 2013 @ 7:04 am

    A smoothie full of berries! or else the first burger of the year

  71. 71

    Heather Spooner — April 9, 2013 @ 7:10 am

    Salads and grilled fish with a berry dessert of some sort. Thanks!

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    gwen — April 9, 2013 @ 7:20 am

    These look delicious! I made your lentil fritters soon after you posted them, and I’ve been eying the tuna fritters since then.

    I’m not sure if I have a favorite spring meal. I’m such a fanatic for winter foods, like Brussels sprouts and squash, I’m always a little sad about my options come spring. Guess I have a new cooking goal for the next couple of months!

    Thanks for the chance to win!

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    Mel — April 9, 2013 @ 8:06 am

    I would say any fresh salad or asparagus!

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    Kelly D — April 9, 2013 @ 8:29 am

    I love egg salad sandwiches in the spring months.

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    Evelyn — April 9, 2013 @ 9:00 am

    Seafood. I love crabs and other seafood like shrimp and fish. I love eating them on top of a salad

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    Joanne — April 9, 2013 @ 9:24 am

    Anything on the grill! :)

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    Barbara P. — April 9, 2013 @ 9:52 am

    I love broiled asparagus but around these parts I can get them for a good part of the year. But the one thing I can only get here in New England in the spring is Fiddleheads. They are very similar to asparagus and really are very good!

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    Ryann — April 9, 2013 @ 9:53 am

    I love easy salads with grilled chicken. Super yummy and fast-leaves me more time to play outside with my kids:)

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    Laura @ All Spice and Yum — April 9, 2013 @ 10:08 am

    Before last spring and our CSA, I would have said anything asparagus and lemon. But now…RAMPS are a favorite spring time treat in our house. We love it made into a pesto on some homemade fresh pasta!

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    Jen — April 9, 2013 @ 10:22 am

    Anything from the grill- its tasty and it means my husband is cooking (at least part of the meal)!!

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    Jennifer — April 9, 2013 @ 10:40 am

    Fish tacos with mango salsa, yum!

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    Stefanie Gladden — April 9, 2013 @ 11:31 am

    I love a garden salad!! so delicious and healthy!

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    barbara n — April 9, 2013 @ 12:18 pm

    My favorite spring time meal is asparagus risotto!

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    Kristy — April 9, 2013 @ 1:01 pm

    A salad with fresh veggies and fruit in it!

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    Sarah L — April 9, 2013 @ 1:50 pm

    Spicy grilled shrimp on top of a fresh salad is one of my favorite springtime meals.

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    Ellie — April 9, 2013 @ 3:32 pm

    Asparagus quiche and strawberries.

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    Whitney — April 9, 2013 @ 3:50 pm

    My favorite springtime meal is anything grilled – corn, burgers, veggies … YUM.

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    Liz — April 9, 2013 @ 4:06 pm

    I really like lamb chops in the Spring, but mostly love everything.

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    Sam H — April 9, 2013 @ 4:30 pm

    Love that I can finally get back into salads with all of the delicious spring/summer produce coming back to greet us.

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    Kristen — April 9, 2013 @ 5:08 pm

    My favorite springtime meal is a strawberry and steak salad.

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    Sarah — April 9, 2013 @ 5:39 pm

    Quiche is great for spring.

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    Alana — April 9, 2013 @ 5:53 pm

    My favorite spring time meal is quiche with asparagus and peas!

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    Tagen — April 9, 2013 @ 6:59 pm

    My favorite spring time meal is a good chef salad and strawberries.

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    Sonia! The Healthy Foodie — April 9, 2013 @ 7:17 pm

    Those fritters look absolutely spectacular, Natalie! They might very well be my favorite spring recipe, even though I’ve never tasted them… and I can guarantee that I WILL be tasting them VERY soon! :)

    I’m always amazed at your behind the scene shots… one would never imagine that your brilliant pictures are being shot in such “less than ideal” conditions… ;)

    LOVE the picture of your daughter sitting on the dishwasher door. My kids used to do the same… too cute. And she’s absolutely adorable!

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    Loretta E. — April 9, 2013 @ 7:58 pm

    My favorite springtime meal would have to be salmon cakes!

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    Rachelle — April 9, 2013 @ 9:29 pm

    Looking at your coconut shrimp and reading all these ideas is making me hungry. I love salads, avocado in anything and the other night loved eating stuffed mushrooms.

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    Kris — April 10, 2013 @ 7:28 am

    A big, fresh salad topped with shrimp, baguette, white wine, and ice cream for dessert!

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    Rosemary C — April 10, 2013 @ 8:34 am

    I’m not in North America so this isn’t for the contest but I just want to say I’m a recent convert to paleo-style eating and I just love this shrimp fritter idea and all of the other ideas on your blog. Also, your little one looks so cute sitting in the dishwasher! Thanks for posting this!

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    Sarah H — April 10, 2013 @ 9:35 am

    A summer salad with spinach, mixed greens, sliced strawberries, dried cranberries, goat cheese (not Paleo, I know) and unsalted cashews, topped with a raspberry dressing and joined by a fresh wild caught salmon filet, drizzled in lemon juice.

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    aki! — April 10, 2013 @ 11:52 am

    I love fruit salads or any type of salad with champagne/fruit vinaigrette.

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    Liberty Hudson — April 10, 2013 @ 2:00 pm

    Pasta salad with lots of fresh veggies and tuna mixed in

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    Kirsten — April 10, 2013 @ 2:22 pm

    Anything grilled! Tonight we’re having make your own chopped salads with grilled chicken, veggies, and assorted cheese. Yum.

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    Ilene — April 10, 2013 @ 2:49 pm

    Anything on the grill.

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    Carrie — April 10, 2013 @ 3:37 pm

    Asparagus risotto…yum

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    Bianca @ sweet dreaming — April 10, 2013 @ 4:11 pm

    I love a big salad with fruit, goat cheese, and nuts!

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    rebekah — April 10, 2013 @ 4:17 pm

    I love a huge strawberry spinach salad with avocado, toasted walnuts and blue cheese!

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    Marti — April 10, 2013 @ 5:57 pm

    Homemade shrimp fajitas without the tortilla, just lots of veggies and delicious shrimp with a spicy guacamole!

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    Courtney @ CardioQueen — April 10, 2013 @ 6:18 pm

    This meal is so colorful and pretty…it makes me wish I liked shrimp! It’s so hard to choose one favorite springtime meal, but I’ll have to go with a bright green, leafy salad with strawberries and mandarin oranges!

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    Karen — April 10, 2013 @ 9:35 pm

    Love asparagus with hollandaise sauce- yum.

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    rachel — April 11, 2013 @ 7:44 am

    Grilled chicken with tons of roasted veggies! And fruit on the side

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    Dana — April 11, 2013 @ 12:38 pm

    Found your website last week! Love it! Thank you for new, healthy recipes! My favorite springtime meal is anything having to do with fresh fruit and veggies!
    Thank you : )

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    Wild Orchid — April 12, 2013 @ 6:43 am

    I love Italian Pasta Salad filled with fresh veggies.

    Thanks for the chance to win!

    wildorchid985 @ gmail dot com

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    amy — April 12, 2013 @ 9:44 am

    anything with asparagus!!

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    Jeeun — April 13, 2013 @ 9:40 am

    Fresh fruit after the winter thaw! Loving my yellow mangos right now!

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    TJ — April 13, 2013 @ 2:37 pm

    My favorite springtime meal has to be fresh asparagus, roasted and salted, topped with a perfectly poached egg. Rhubarb-something for dessert!

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    Lauren — April 14, 2013 @ 7:18 am

    Grilled chicken with grilled asparagus.

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    Susan Christy — April 14, 2013 @ 8:31 am

    Rhubarb Crisp, Grilled Asparagus, Fruit Salad!

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    Carole — April 14, 2013 @ 11:06 am

    My new favorite is this recipe for coconut shrimp cakes! I just tried it making a few changes because of missing ingredients. I didn’t have jicama so used water chestnuts. I was also missing mango so used fresh pineapple, and I used lime juice instead of lemon. I also added some grated zucchini and a heaping tablespoon of almond flour since my mixture seemed a bit runny. The result was heavenly! Thanks for the great recipe!

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    Elaine — April 14, 2013 @ 12:07 pm

    My favorite springtime meal is orzo salad with grilled chicken, lemon, mint, golden raisins & pine nuts…yum yum!

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    Rachel — April 14, 2013 @ 1:13 pm

    Grilled shrimp kebabs and strawberry shortcake for dessert!

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    Meghan — April 14, 2013 @ 1:44 pm

    My favorite is salmon grilled with fresh dill and lemon, sliced new potatoes oven roasted and topped with a lemon dill vinaigrette and grilled asparagus. Yummy! Think I will make that tonight :)

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    michellelove — April 14, 2013 @ 4:22 pm

    Hmm…I love firing up the grill to cook pretty much anything. We’re kind of into pizzas on the grill right now. So yummy!

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    tara — April 14, 2013 @ 6:24 pm

    Fresh asparagus with a perfectly poached egg!

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    Gwen @SimplyHealthyFamily — April 14, 2013 @ 6:28 pm

    So funny, that about sums up my cooking and photography adventures right now too ;) Luv them little buggers!

    My favorite Spring time foods are salads, spring rolls and lots of fruit. Full from a long, heavy winter. ;)

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    Lindsay R — April 15, 2013 @ 4:32 am

    seriously..burgers on the grill and a fresh salad with viniagrette!

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    Anne — April 15, 2013 @ 5:04 pm

    I love anything with asparagus! We just had artichoke crusted salmon, sauteed snap peas and asparagus, and couscous tonight which seemed so springlike!

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    Wendy — April 15, 2013 @ 7:12 pm

    My favorite spring time meal is a smoothie! This season, anyway! ;-)

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    Elisa — April 15, 2013 @ 7:13 pm

    Wraps!!

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    Jayne — April 15, 2013 @ 7:14 pm

    Salads of any sort are my go-to summer meal.

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    Chrystal — April 15, 2013 @ 7:16 pm

    Salmon with lemon and veggies.

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    Debbie Broussard — April 15, 2013 @ 7:18 pm

    My favorite spring time meal is boiled crawfish or boiled shrimp!

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    emily — April 15, 2013 @ 7:19 pm

    Mixed green salad with grapes, strawberries, candied pecans, and goat cheese… yum!

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    Jennifer — April 15, 2013 @ 7:21 pm

    Grilled asparagus tossed with fresh black peppe and sea alt alongside grilled salmon with lime and cilantro marinade.

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    Jan — April 15, 2013 @ 7:21 pm

    Love marinated chicken breasts on grill with roasted tomatoes, peppers and asparagus and potatoes. A little grilled pita bread with olive oil works too. Great leftovers!

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    Kendra — April 15, 2013 @ 7:22 pm

    Spring rolls and anything with fresh asparagus ;)

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    Jen Clark — April 15, 2013 @ 7:24 pm

    Any kind of salad!!

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    Rebecca Sinkhorn — April 15, 2013 @ 7:25 pm

    I love asparagus!! They are amazing in anything, and a sure sign that Spring is here! ;)

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    Aimee — April 15, 2013 @ 7:26 pm

    I love strawberry spinach salad! Maybe pair it with a grilled steak and asparagus and some watermelon. Yum!

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    Karen K — April 15, 2013 @ 7:28 pm

    Asian pork tenderloin with mango/honeydew salsa

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    Danielle — April 15, 2013 @ 7:28 pm

    Chicken Cherry Lettuce Wraps (or in my case I usually just make it into a salad cause wrapping up crap in lettuce is too difficult).

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    Leanne — April 15, 2013 @ 7:33 pm

    Almost any and all salads

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    Kristy — April 15, 2013 @ 7:40 pm

    My favorite springtime meal would have to be anything involving lamb or eggs. :) Lots of greens, too!

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    Bridget Washburn — April 15, 2013 @ 7:40 pm

    Shrimp Tacos

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    Melanie — April 15, 2013 @ 7:46 pm

    Asparagus Frittata and a salad :)

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    Kim Hammerstein — April 15, 2013 @ 7:46 pm

    My favorite springtime meal is anything with asparagus!

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    Lora Williams — April 15, 2013 @ 8:06 pm

    Asparagus…preferably grilled.