Recipe for the Dreaded Potluck

Warning: If  you cannot eat seafood, you probably should stop reading now; as the photo shows, this recipe contains shrimp.  I happen to  love shrimp and fortunately do not have a seafood allergy  . . . though there was that one time, my pupils became enlarged and the eye doc said it was a reaction to seafood . . .

Now on to the post.  What to take to a potluck event that everyone–including me, the girl with mega food allergies and celiac disease–can actually eat and enjoy?  It’s a common dilemma for those of us with limited food options.

How often can you take a boring fruit bowl or a plate of carrots and red pepper  humus before your friends stop sending invites?

Do you get tired of explaining why you can’t eat that spinach dip inside the bread bowl?  Or the tortilla chips with salsa? Or [insert food you’re allergic to here]?

Recently a well-meaning friend provided rice crackers and goat cheese for me at a cocktail party.  The crackers contained soy and the cheese contained whey; both would cause me to run shreeking into the bathroom.

A few nights ago my book club met at a park to see a Shakespeare play.  As you’ve probably guessed, we had a potluck picnic before the show.  Wanting to actually eat–after all, who wants to sit through three hours of Shakespeare on an empty stomach?–I came up with this salad to share:


Toss in a bowl:

1 1/2 pounds shrimp (always looking for a shortcut, I bought the shelled, deveined, cooked version)

Bag of  snow peas (microwave as directed, or a little less if you like crunchier; cut ends off and slice into small pieces)

Bunch of radishes (halved and sliced thin, like little moons)

Several thinly sliced  green onions for taste

For the dressing:  Whisk 1/2 cup rice vinegar with 1 TB canola oil, 1 TB toasted sesame oil, 1 TB grated fresh ginger and about 1/4 tsp sea salt.

Eden Selected and Spectrum

You can throw in a few tablespoons of toasted sesame seeds for added crunch and flavor.

This yummy salad kept my stomach full until the end of the play.  Unfortunately, it did nothing to keep me awake for the three hours.

English: Sleeping Woman

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