Cilantro-Lime Cocktail Shrimp

by Mimi & Vera LevinTastemakers in Residence

It’s summertime and the weather is finally nice again. A long winter left us all cooped up inside, and it’s time to enjoy some fresh air with friends. Instead of rushing from work into a restaurant for a quick bite with your pals, why not take advantage of the longer and warmer days by making a picnic to enjoy outside? Rather than pre-made, store-bought goodies, spice up your picnic with your own fresh and simple summer recipes? Aannnnnd, to make it even easier (and more portable), how about putting everything into jars? Not only is this idea practical, but it is super cute for a girl’s night out?

Here are some ideas for portable picnic fare: Appetizer: Cilantro-Lime Cocktail Shrimp---Dinner: Salad in a Jar---Dessert: Key Lime Pie---Drink: Mojito


2 lbs peeled and deveined shrimp
½ cup cilantro leaves
1 lime, juiced and zested
1 Tbsp water
1 Tbsp olive oil
Salt and Pepper


  1. Combine cilantro, garlic, lime juice and zest, olive oil, salt, and pepper in a food processor. Add water and blend.
  2. Pat dry shrimp to remove excess water, and toss in cilantro-lime dressing.
  3. Put into a jar, and your appetizer is ready. 

Grab your picnic blankets, its time to invite your girlfriends for a fun, new twist on dinner.