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Classic, tangy remoulade sauce is a luxurious accompaniment to any crustacean; try swapping out the shrimp in this retro dish for crawfish or lump crabmeat, when in season.
Yield: serves 4
Time: 4 hours
Make the remoulade sauce: To a medium bowl, add the mayonnaise, cornichons and their brine, capers, parsley, tarragon, lemon zest, and 1 tablespoon lemon juice and stir to combine. Season with salt, ground black pepper, and additional lemon juice to taste, then refrigerate until ready to use.
To a medium pot, add the wine, 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon salt, the whole peppercorns, parsley, thyme, onion, celery, bay leaf, and 4 cups cold water. Bring to a boil over high heat, then lower the heat to maintain a simmer and cook until the vegetables have softened, 18–20 minutes. Set a fine mesh strainer over a large bowl and strain the stock, discarding the solids. Rinse out the pot, then return the stock to it and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Add the shrimp, then immediately turn off the heat , cover, and set aside until they are cooked through, 2–3 minutes.
Using a slotted spoon, transfer the shrimp to a large plate or baking sheet, spreading them out so they cool quickly. Devein the shrimp, then cover and refrigerate until chilled.
Toss the shrimp in the remoulade sauce to coat. For each salad, place a lettuce leaf on a plate and set an avocado half on top, cut side up. Spoon some of the shrimp over the avocado, sprinkle with chives and top with a few leaves of fresh tarragon. Serve with lemon wedges and buttered toast.
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