May is finally here! As the weather gets warmer, my cravings for light and fresh food kick in.
This year is no exception as I am already thinking of new summery recipes!
This “May Tower” is perfect for summer months because it incorporates so many fresh and tasty ingredients:
- 1 pound of medium shrimp (I bought it already cooked from the meat counter)
- 1/4 cup dry white wine
- Juice from 1/2 lemon
- Salt, pepper, garlic powder (to taste – a dash or two will do)
- 2 mangos, diced (watermelon is also really good in this dish!)
- 1/2 cucumber, diced
- 1/2 cup onion
- 1-2 tomatoes, diced
- 2 TBSP lime juice
- 3 avocados
- 2 cups Japanese Sushi rice
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- Splash of Sesame oil
- 3 TBSP rice vinegar
- 2 TBSP soy sauce
- Marinate the shrimp in the wine, lemon juice, salt, pepper, and garlic powder. I only did this for about 15 minutes and it still tasted really good- but longer is obviously better!
- Cook the rice according to directions on the box or package.
- Combine the mango, cucumber, onion, tomatoes, and lime juice in a bowl.
- Dice up the avocados.
- Assemble! Now, this is the tricky part. You have to get creative here. Not everyone has something laying around their kitchen that is just perfect for this, so I would recommend using a soup can or something of that sort with both ends removed. Anything with a cylindrical shape that has open ends will work! Be sure to coat the inside of the can with olive oil so the ingredients don’t stick. Place the can in the middle of the plate or wherever you are serving and press a scoop or two or the sushi rice firmly in the bottom. Next, layer on avocado, and once again, firmly press it into the rice. Firmly press the mango mixture against the avocado and then gently place the sushi on top.
- Very slowly and carefully, lift the cylinder. The ingredients stay in place the best when they are all cold – so if you can make the rice in advance that is ideal!
- To make the sauce, combine the olive oil, sesame oil, rice vinegar, soy sauce, and a dash of salt and pepper. You can alter the measurements any way you like! I just keep messing with it until I like the taste. Drizzle some of this yummy goodness on top of the shrimp and you’re ready to go!
- Oh, and if you like Wasabi, it really compliments this dish.