Shrimp, Grapes and Manchego

Menu Part: 
Cuisine Type: 

For this appetizer salad, Michael Watz, chef/instructor at Washburne Culinary Institute in Chicago, chooses the seedless Red Flame grapes for their compatible shape, size and balance of sweetness and acidity.


12 large shrimp, peeled and deveined
1/4 cup olive oil
1 tsp. fresh rosemary
1/2 tsp. fresh thyme
2 tbsp. sherry vinegar
1/2 tsp. kosher salt
1/4 tsp. ground black pepper
2 cups torn radicchio
2 cups thinly sliced fennel
1 tbsp. chopped shallots
1/2 tsp. minced garlic
2 tsp. thinly sliced lemongrass
2 cups red seedless California grapes
2 tbsp. dry white wine
12 chives, trimmed
1/4 cup toasted pine nuts
2 oz. Manchego cheese, thinly sliced


  1. Toss shrimp with 2 tbsp. olive oil, rosemary and thyme. Marinate 30 min., turning often.
  2. Remove shrimp from marinade and pat dry. Spray grilling surface with nonstick cooking spray. Arrange shrimp on grill; season with salt and pepper. Grill 2 min; gently turn and grill 2 min. more or until cooked through. Remove and keep shrimp warm.
  3. Combine 1 tbsp. olive oil, sherry vinegar, salt and pepper in large bowl; whisk to mix. Add radicchio and fennel; gently toss to coat.
  4. Heat remaining 1 tbsp. oil with shallots, garlic and lemongrass in skillet over med.-high heat; sauté 30 sec. Add grapes; sauté 30 sec. more. Stir in wine; cook to reduce.
  5. Per serving, plate salad greens; arrange 3 shrimp on plate. Evenly arrange grapes on top; garnish with chives and pine nuts. Shave 3 to 4 slices manchego cheese around each salad. Serve immediately.

More From FoodService Director

Ideas and Innovation
rooster illustration

Sustainability is such a priority for Santa Rosa Junior College’s culinary arts program that produce often doesn’t even hit the cooler before becoming a meal. Students quickly transform the bounty of fruits, vegetables, meat, dairy and more, harvested from the college’s own farm, into restaurant-quality dishes at the Culinary Cafe and Bakery. They learn the basics of agriculture, practice pivoting a menu based on seasonality, and compost as they cook.

It’s little wonder the program recently placed first in the CAFE/Kendall College Green Awards: This Northern California community...

Managing Your Business
alumni worker

It’s a sure sign that a school is doing something right when its students want to come back and work as adults. From the standpoint of the foodservice director, though, there is plenty to gain from retaining homegrown talent—call it the ultimate return on investment. In the wake of back-to-school season, two dining programs with a robust alumni contingent share their thoughts on hiring former customers.

Local expertise

At Georgia Southern University, about one-third of Eagle Dining Services’ 107 full-time employees are alumni. “They way we do things on our campus may be very...

Managing Your Business
business ladder climbing illustration

Recruiting talent is only half the battle for Mike Folino, associate director of nutrition services at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center in Columbus, Ohio. Once he’s attracted good employees, providing clear opportunities for advancement can help retain them—but knowing when to bring up the topic in conversation can be tricky.

Prior to hiring

Folino likes to touch on advancement during the initial interview process, but the extent to which he does so changes case by case. “I have had interviews where we knew right away that we needed to discuss our structure and...

Ideas and Innovation
woman surprise

When I joined the staff at FoodService Director in the spring of 2015, I couldn’t believe how much there was to learn about the intricacies of the industry. My past experience, from kindergarten to my college days to on-the-job meals, would lead me to believe that noncommercial dining was a kind of automated process—an amenity that’s expected, and one you only become aware of if something goes wrong.

But as with my own household chores, there are no magical elves making sure the business of feeding students, seniors and hospital patients is done, and done well. Foodservice...

FSD Resources