Kenmore Honored Harvest Time entry by Mary Hansen, Iowa State Fair

My husband & I began gardening 20 yrs ago together. We always found that we were making the same recipes over & over again. I began experimenting with squash blossoms from recipes I’d read in the past but my favorite was just a fresh squash blossom in a salad. I ran across a recipe that encompassed tomatoes with pineapple, which I found intriguing, along with an Asian dressing as a twist, but wanted more vegetables in it & loved that with our mint always growing ever so invasively year after year, it was a good one to use. I also determined that it required a protein component & thought that shrimp ceviche’ would be the lightest, most refreshing addition. Adding the fresh squash blossom is always considered a bonus. It’s one of our favorite dishes to eat in the summer; most all of it freshly picked from our garden.

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  • Ceviche', (Must be made at least 4 hours ahead of time)
  • 7 fresh, uncooked shrimp, shelled and deveined
  • 4 limes
  • 1 jalapeo pepper, minced
  • red pepper flakes
  • 1 large garlic clove, Dressing
  • 1/4 teaspoons salt, Dressing
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice, Dressing
  • 1 tablespoons sugar, Dressing
  • 1 tablespoons sugar, Dressing
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil, Dressing
  • 1 fresh jalapeo, minced
  • 3/4 teaspoons asian fish sauce, Dressing
  • 2 cucumbers, slightly peeled and diced, Salad
  • 1/2 pineapple, peeled and diced, Salad
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro, coarsely chopped, Salad
  • 1/4 cup fresh mint, coarsely chopped, Salad
  • 2 medium, ripe red tomatoes, diced, Salad
  • 10 yellow cherry tomatoes, quartered, Salad
  • 1/2 zucchini, diced, Salad
  • 5 squash blossoms, minced, Salad


Step 1:

Chop shrimp into small bite-size pieces, place in a bowl along with enough fresh lime juice to Cover the shrimp, along with the minced jalapeno and place in fridge for no less than four hours.

Step 2:

Remove and rinse after four hours to get most of the "limey" taste off. Add red flakes to taste.

Step 1: Dressing

Mince garlic, then mash to a paste with the salt using a heavy knife.

Step 2: Dressing

Whisk together lime juice, sugar and oil and add garlic paste, jalapenos, and fish sauce (to taste). Add all other salad ingredients to the bowl.

Step 3:

Plate with salad first, then the Ceviche' ...add additional mint or squash blossom to taste.

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