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Light and Refreshing Ceviche

Light and Refreshing Ceviche

I regularly participate in the Catholic Sistas’ “What’s for Dinner” daily post on Facebook. Recently, I posted a comment stating our dinner that evening would be ceviche. Another poster wanted to know what ceviche was and I explained quickly in response and then decided to post the entire recipe here.

Ceviche is a seafood dish in which small pieces of raw fish are cured in citrus juice, thus “cooking” the fish. This dish is quick, easy, refreshing, and even our eight year old will devour it. It has become one of our favorite summer Friday meals. We usually serve this dish over a bed of greens with chips and salsa on the side. Sweet, cold, juicy slices of watermelon round out the meal quite nicely.

1 pound shrimp; cleaned, peeled, and cut into 1 inch pieces
12-24 limes; juiced (12 regular limes or 24 key limes); juiced
1 English cucumber; diced into 1/2 inch pieces
1 medium jalapeño; seeded and diced into very small pieces
1/2 red onion; diced into very small pieces
2 small Roma tomatoes; diced into 1/2 inch pieces
1/2 bunch cilantro; roughly chopped
Salt and pepper to taste

Place shrimp into a large bowl and cover with lime juice and let sit, stirring occasionally for 10-20 minutes to “cook”. The shrimp will become firm and opaque as it cures. Add the remaining ingredients and toss to combine. Ceviche can be served immediately, or refrigerated for a few hours and served chilled. For food safety it is important to prepare and consume while fresh and will not keep beyond a day in the fridge. Serves 4 as a main dish or 8 as an appetizer.

I absolutely love summer salads, and while Ceviche isn’t a salad per se, I like to serve it as one. The following links are really great summer salad recipes.

Chicken Caesar Salad

Waldorf Salad

The Hungry Man’s Salad: Salad Niçoise

Turkey BLT Salad

Rosemary Chicken, Bacon and Avocado Salad

Chicken Shawarma Salad with Tahini Dressing

Chipotle BBQ Chicken Salad with Tomatillo Avocado Ranch

Thai Beef Salad

If you have a favorite go-to summer salad or dish we’d love you to share it with us in the combox.

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About Maurisa Mayerle

Maurisa is a Catholic convert from a non-denominational Evangelical background, happily married to a “retread” cradle Catholic. Chris and Maurisa have been married since 1991 and have 7 amazing and unique children. In 2012, Chris retired from the Air Force, took a corporate pilot position, and the family moved to beautiful Utah. Her interests include creative cookery, photography, reading, singing, apologetics, homeschooling, traveling, hiking, gardening, and caring for her 8 laying hens and 1 bully rooster. Maurisa maintains a personal blog at www.halfadozenproductions.blogspot.com