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Shrimp Tacos + what side?

I love to make shrimp tacos - and it's one of my favorite go-to dishes for crowds. I usually make a cilantro/lime slaw and chipotle cream for the tacos. And I have guacamole on the side. The side dish I made last summer was delicious - a corn, avocado and cherry tomato salad with a vinaigrette of lime juice, lime zest, cilantro, and olive oil.

I'm interested in hearing about other side dishes that would go nicely with this sort of meal - and would also welcome recipes for interesting salsas and sauces for the tacos. Thanks!

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  1. A spinach salad with bacon bits and a lemon vinaigrette dressing would go well with shrimp tacos. Alternatively, a mixed fresh green salad with a tarragon vinaigrette.

    1. I think the best side is exactly your choice, the a cabbage slaw, serrano chilis, tiny sweet little tomatoes. yellow peppers, red onions, cilantro, lime juice and with a dressing of rice wine vinegar, a little mayo salt and pepper.

      Perhaps a mango, pineapple, cilantro, red onion, chilis, dressing with lime juice, rice wine vinegar. Do you grill your shrimp and are you using corn or flour tortillas? They sound really delicious. Right now I'm kicking a cold and major sore throat, I have the desire and no energy. Your meal is exactly what I'm craving!

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      1. re: chef chicklet

        I'm big on slaw with fish and shrimp tacos. Maybe some jicama for a sweet crunch. Attran99's bean salsa is also a good direction that I use as well. A nice drizzle of Mexican crema mixed with a little chipotle puree, honey and lime juice is nice too.

        1. re: chef chicklet

          The last time I made them, I tossed them in a mixture of Mexican Chili Powder, kosher salt and olive oil - then just sauteed them in a pan for a couple of minutes. I always offer a choice of corn and flour tortillas. I like your idea of a citrus salsa....

        2. Susan Feniger's black bean salsa from this week's Top Chef Masters is available on the Bravo website. It's made with black beans, roasted corn, roasted red bell peppers, roasted poblanos, green onion, and red wine vinegar. Looks yummy to me.

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          1. re: attran99

            We think alike, friend!! I was thinking also a black bean salsa.

            And Chef Chicklet & I are also on the same page, I love to make a mango salsa with fish or shrimp, mainly b/c I love mangoes, and my kids will eat it!!

            How about making some rice and stirring in the mango or some pineapple, cilantro, green onion and lime juice with it?

          2. I love black beans and they are great with shrimp. Maybe a black bean & corn salad.

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            1. re: mojoeater

              I like black beans, cooked plain and simple and mashed a bit, to go with any manner of Mexican seafood.

              1. re: mojoeater

                Exactly what I'd go with - black bean and corn salad (with minced hot peppers, lime juice, maybe a little tomato, green onion, etc.).

              2. that menu sounds delicious! if you want to play with it you could put your taco fillings on a bibb or romaine leaf and sprinkle crisp tortilla strips over the top. since we're moving towards corn season, you could cut cobs in 2-inch pieces sprinkle with evoo and lime zest and grill as a side.

                1. For a simple meal, corn on the cob goes great with shrimp tacos.

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                  1. re: Plano Rose

                    Yup - if I'm grilling and corn is affordable - it's on the grill, also. I leave it in the husk - am not enamored w/ the char marks. It doesn't need butter or anything.

                  2. Pickled red onions are a great condiment for any taco.


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                    1. re: Davwud

                      SO loves the pickled onions. Also the fire and ice salad which is (from memory) onions and cukes sliced thin, sugar and vinegar. Set in frig for at least a day.

                      1. re: JerryMe

                        I just started a diet. I'm in phase one that's rather restrictive. One discovery I've made is cukes with pepperoncini and a bit of their brine.
                        For my snack tomorrow I threw in some green onion as well.


                    2. i've made sweet potato pancakes before with shrimp tacos - basically just grated sweet potatoes, an egg, jalapeno, onion, and pepper jack - pretty easy and tasty

                      1. i've been on a chayote kick as of late, so i'd prolly do a chayote slaw with roasted chayote chilled to room temp with perhaps some fire roasted corn, green chiles, jicama, cilantro and a lime cider vinegarette to dress

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                        1. re: Emme

                          You could saute the shrimp with garlic, chipotle in adobo, olive oil, chopped plum tomato and 1 small onion. This will color the shrimp nicely and form a glaze of sorts. Dress them with your slaw, slices of avocado and some queso fresco.

                          A simple side dish of sauted roasted corn, diced red bell pepper, garlic and onions with some cumin and guajillo chile powder.

                        2. How about a fun Mexi-corn. Can be served either hot or cold. Use either fresh ~ cooked and cut off the cob or canned corn and mix with a bit of your favorite salsa and some fresh cilantro and some rinsed black beans.

                          1. Thanks for all the suggestions. I decided to go with a corn salad, and I chose this one, courtesy of Ina Garten:


                            Instead of basil, I've used cilantro + mint. It's deliciously simple and fresh. And leftovers can be combined with a can of rinsed black beans for a quick salsa.

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                            1. re: cackalackie

                              Sounds like it will be a GREAT meal. Have fun.

                              1. re: cackalackie

                                I was going to suggest elote, but off the cob as a Mexican corn salad.