Shrimp Avocado Salad; lemon trees and veal

Salad season has officially started.

I have basil in my herb garden (from plants, the seeds aren’t up).

I have lettuce in my potager (from plants, the snails ate the seedlings)

I have a bit of spinach that survived the slugs.

We work with what we have.

Shrimp Avocado Salad

Total time: 30 minutes


  • 10oz (300gr) shrimp, cleaned
  • 2 tbs oyster sauce
  • 1 ripe avocado, sliced
  • 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes, cut in half
  • 1 green garlic, including green, chopped
  • 6oz (180gr) salad greens, I used red oak leaf and spinach
  • handful fresh basil leaves
  • Vinaigrette:
  • 2 tbs Teriyaki Sauce ( home-made Teriyaki Sauce)
  • 2 tbs sherry vinegar
  • 2 tbs salad olive oil

Shrimp Avocado Salad


  • Prepare greens, rinse, spin dry if needed.
  • Combine shrimp and oyster sauce. Quickly cook in grill pan on barbecue or in skillet, just until done.
  • Whisk ingredients together for vinaigrette – it won’t emulsify, just whisk well.:
  • To finish:
  • Toss greens, herbs, tomatoes with vinaigrette and arrange on two plates.
  • Top with shrimp, avocado and serve.

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I know you are all wildly curious about my Meyer lemon tree.

Here it is. It’s growing in leaps and bounds….. Microscopic leaps and bounds.

I’m not sure what my expectations were when I asked my SIL for seeds. Strangely, I didn’t Google lemon trees before planting it.

I did no research.

I planted the seed (many seeds actually, only 1 germinated) and carefully tended it for the last 10 months.


A French friend told me last week that her family had lemon trees…. And that one does not grow them from seed.

If you want lemons, the trees are grown through grafting.

I finally Googled lemon trees.

This is what I learned:

Yes, one can plant seeds and successfully grow a lemon tree.

The first site said: it may blossom in four or five years and it may, eventually, even produce fruit.

The second site was more positive, It said I may have fruit in five or six years.

In the meantime, I’ll have a pretty plant…. And dreams of truly home-made lemonade.

Speaking of growing things….

The field across from us is dotted with calves.



If you look closely you can see the little dots that are the calves, mixed in with the cows and bulls. Yes, they keep them all together here. I counted 12 calves the other day, but there seem to be more every time I look. They’ll stay with the herd for a few months before being sold off.

Veal chops anyone?

I’m submitting this dish to the Four Seasons Food Challenge hosted by Eat Your Veg this month (alternate months hosted by Delicieux ) The theme this month is ‘Celebrating Spring’.

And also to Javelin Warrior’s Made with Love Mondays, a collection of ‘made from scratch’ recipes


10 thoughts on “Shrimp Avocado Salad; lemon trees and veal”

  1. Happy Memorial Day! I know, in France, what is Memorial Day, but still…

    The salad looks yummy. I love avacado.I read a long time ago though that lemon trees started from seed never produce fruit because they need an opposite sex tree to do that. Then again, I have no lemon trees so, what do I know? I hope I’m wrong. 🙂

  2. Aww, that’s a cute little lemon “tree” and I hope it does successfully bloom and produce fruit in a handful of years. You have such patience to wait! And speaking of baby animals in the spring, I was my first baby horse (from a distance) while driving this weekend. But I’d love to see baby calves – so adorable… This is a wonderful salad for the start of warmer weather and love the dressing…

  3. I haven’t researched but I believe Meyer lemons are a hybrid between tangerines and lemons, so they are sweeter, thinner skinned. If the hybrid part is true, you may actually get Meyer lemons when it blossoms. If there are other lemon trees nearby, you might read up on how to pollinate the flowers by hand, so you don’t get cross-pollination? Just an idea.

    I’m with Kate. No veal for me. In this country, the poor little things are tied to small houses so they have shelter but can’t run around as any young animal should. I can’t in all conscience support that industry.

  4. nightsmusic, I know that’s is true about kiwifruit, but lemons? We’ll just have to wait and see.

    Kate, we do have a lovely view – and I do take the time to enjoy it (now and again)

    Javelin Warrior, I have great hopes for the lemon tree – the seeds came all the way from Hawaii. Spring and baby animals…. We have 2 new colts up the road from us.

    Zoomie, fingers crossed for my lemon tree LOL. We don’t get that type of veal here…. It’s older, grass-fed veal that has been out in pasture for around a year. But it’s much more tender than the beef. I haven’t had (or seen) the ‘milk-fed’ veal since we left the US

  5. Lovely punchy salad Katie and well done on giving the Meyer Lemon Tree a go, such a beautiful thing to grow from seed. Thanks so much for linking up to Four Seasons Food.

  6. Phoenicia, I have faith – and it’s starting to do really well…

    Eli, I don’t think the oyster sauce would be missed – use teriyaki or mushroom soy sauce.

    Eat Your Veg. it’s the only way I’ll get Meyer lemons!

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