One of the most famous salads in Spain, "Pipirrana" with shrimps

By Chef H. Delgado

May 4, 2022

This week I bring you an Andalusian summer speciality. This delicious recipe is straightforward to make and a trendy "tapa" dish in all Spanish regions when the good weather arrives.
But the origin of this refreshing and colourful salad is mainly claimed between the Andalusian provinces of Granada, Jaén and Murcia. Despite that, almost all Spanish regions and world cuisines have a similar salad.

Today I want to show you one of the most famous salads in Spain. And my favourite version of it, the prawns, takes the "Pipirrana" to another level.

garrucha shrimps
"Gambas de garrucha"

"Pipirrana con gambas" recipe

  • Preparation time 7 min
  • Cooking time 30 sec

Ingredients 4 pax

  1. 1/2 red pepper
  2. 1/4 green pepper
  3. 1/4 yellow pepper
  4. 2 tomatoes
  1. 1 Cucumber
  2. 1 small red onion
  3. 300 g / 11 oz / 3/4 lb of peeled prawns
  4. A handful of chopped parsley leaves

For the Vinaigrette

  1. 100 ml / 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil (EVOO)
  2. 60 ml / 4 tablespoons of homemade lemon EVOO
  3. 60 ml / 4 tablespoons of homemade Spicy EVOO
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  1. Juice of two lemons
  2. Salt to taste
  3. White pepper to taste
  4. 30 ml/ 2 tablespoon sherry vinegar

Method

  1. Wash the peppers, tomatoes and cucumbers. Remove the seeds from the peppers and cut them into small dice.
  2. Do the same with the tomatoes.
  3. Peel the cucumber, remove the seeds and cut it into small dice.
  4. Chop the red onion and mix with the rest of the vegetables in a bowl.
Chopping vegetables

For the vinaigrette

  1. Pour the lemon juice into a large bowl, taking care not to get any seeds.
  2. Add the aromatic oils, salt, vinegar and white pepper.
  3. Stir well with a whisk and add the vinaigrette to the bowl with the vegetables.
Vinaigrette
  1. Finally, boil the peeled prawns in salted water for about 30 seconds and cool them down with water and ice. Drain them and cut each shrimp into four pieces.
Garrucha Shrimps
  1. Add the chopped prawns to the bowl with the vegetables and add the chopped parsley.
  2. Mix everything together and leave to stand for a couple of hours in the fridge for a more pleasant texture and flavour. And if you have time, prepare it the day before eating it. "Pipirrana" is one of those meals that are even more delicious the day after.
  3. Serve it in small bowls decorated with a parsley leaf and some tomato wedges as I have done.
Pipirrana

You can also mix it with tuna, octopus, mussels, chicken or other ingredients you love.
I hope you liked the recipe and you will enjoy cooking and then eating.
Have a tasty day!

I'm Chef H. Delgado

Love for the product, take care of the technique, elegant execution, and above all, nature and environment respect, are my values ​​as a professional.
It is a pleasure for me to invite you to discover the best dishes and ingredients of Spanish cuisine.

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