Shrimp Salad w/ Fava Beans, Corn, Avocado, Heirloom Tomatoes and Smoked Bacon


This is what i feel like eating on hot summer days. It would make the perfect picnic salad even though the simple idea of a picnic has become a distant, unrealistic dream for me. My work schedule won’t allow anything remotely relaxing until at least… december 2012! [insert sympathetic moans here] Anyone wants to start a rescue mission to save zenchef from the rich?… Please!? Just wear camouflage that matches the well-groomed Hampton lawn (that would be very green) or you’ll be spotted right away. If that happens, the miniature pinscher will be unleashed and you’ll be DEAD.


There’s a Peruvian woman who helps me at work who claims this is the best salad she’s ever eaten. It figures – the first time i made this salad i used a leftover shrimp ceviche she taught me how to make. I just added a few colorful vegetables with interesting textures and got something refreshing and light and beautiful to look at. I could not resist throwing a few bits of double-smoked bacon in there, like i didn’t care, because.. well, i guess i’m still struggling with baconhypnosis. No, no.. don’t make fun. It’s a rare psychotic disease that turns every thoughts into ham. Better ham than jam, that’s what i say. As part of my rehabilitation class I have to admit the corn was tossed in the leftover bacon fat… before i licked the pan. That’s when i noticed it was raining lardons outside, i picked up my hamhock to call a friend but he was in bed with the swine flu… the story goes on and on.

I used this shrimp salad as a garnish for a chilled corn soup i made for a dinner party last night, that and a drizzle of basil oil. It received a lot of praise. Did i just spent more time talking about pork products and miniature pinschers than about this light and summery shrimp salad again? I probably did, and i don’t feel no shame at all.

  • Shrimp Salad w/ Fava Beans, Corn, Avocado, Heirloom Tomatoes and Smoked Bacon

    • Serves 4
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    • For the salad:
    • 12 jumbo shrimp, cooked and diced
    • 12 ounces double-smoked bacon, cut into lardons
    • 1 1/2 cup fresh corn, cooked
    • 1 1/2 cup fava beans, blanched and peeled
    • 1 cup cherry heirloom tomatoes, cut in half
    • 2 ripe avocados, diced
    • 2 tablespoons basil, chopped
    • 2 tablespoons parsley, chopped
    • 1 teaspoon chopped thyme
    • 1/4 cup scallions, chopped
    • salt and black pepper to taste
    • For the vinaigrette:
    • 1/2 clove garlic, chopped finely
    • 3 tablespoons lime juice
    • salt and pepper to taste
    • 1/3 cup XV olive oil


  • Whisk the garlic, the lime juice, salt and pepper together and add the olive oil slowly. Reserve.
  • In a pan over medium-high heat, toss the lardon and cook until crisp, about 8 minutes. Drain on paper towels.
  • Toss all the ingredients of the salad together with the vinaigrette. Check seasoning. Top the salad with the lardons. Serve.
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  • Alejandra

    Oh I will absolutely be making this tomorrow! It looks perfect.

  • Ginny

    Yummy! Looks so refreshing! :)

  • Colloquial Cook

    Why get an Iphone when you can get a hamhock. You can dial the numbers on the scored fat and it also moisturises your skin as you call. A hamhock wins every time against an Iphone.

  • cakebrain

    Pork products make salads way better in my opinion. This is my kind of salad…sans iceberg lettuce and heavy on the good stuff!

  • Jro

    looks amazing, always an inspiration Zen chef!

  • T.W. Barritt at Culinary Types

    I know people with bacon psychosis. It’s completely without a cure. Too bad, huh?

  • Ciaochowlinda

    that looks wickedly delicious.

  • Stacey Snacks

    Can I put jam on this salad?
    I have everything in the house for this, and will make it for Henri this week! w/ a nice chianti, of course.
    Happy summer…the salad is very Hamptonesque….fresh and pretty!

  • dawn

    so if I come dressed as a gin & tonic I can save you and fit in? I’m not coming over if Harvey Weinstein is there though. Noooo. I yelled at him on MV one summer and didn’t realize it was him, but he liked me anyway. LOL

  • liz

    This looks amazing – love the shrimp-bacon-avocado trifecta.

  • doggybloggy

    trust me once this bacon condition takes root – no amount of pork therapy is going to help – sorry!

  • pigpigscorner

    Wonderful flavours and textures! Amazing!

  • Lisa

    Great site and this looks divine. Keep hamming it up.

  • Manggy

    If I were ever fortunate enough to be spotted ON a nice Hampton lawn, I’ll be sure to sneak you out :) Then again, I’d probably be too distracted having you cook for me– mission aborted!

  • Mel

    Simple and yum! I love the baby heirloom tomatoes. They’re always so spectacularly sweet… like you!

  • Jessica Hartley

    Stephane, your food is just as beautiful as I imagined! I can’t wait to make this wonderful summer dish. It was great meeting you at last night’s dinner and looking forward to keeping in touch!

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  • Terrazzo Restoration

    Shrimp Salad w/ Fava Beans, Corn, Avocado, Heirloom Tomatoes and Smoked Bacon!! Delicious!!

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    Shrimp Salad w/ Fava Beans, Corn, Avocado, Heirloom Tomatoes and Smoked Bacon.

  • Mold Removal

    Great message.So true.

  • Victoria Raw

    Ooh that looks lovely. I love shrimp salad.

  • Kato705

    GREAT recipe – beautiful on the plate and the palate!