Grim Reaper Chopped Salad

Who says Halloween’s only about candy?! My zesty, healthy, “Grim Reaper Chopped Salad” will make sure the old grim guy doesn’t come reapin’ for you too soon! The social media and newsletter world premiere recipe is just below! Try it, if you dare . . .


p.s. There are plenty more spook-tastic recipes for your next well-rounded Halloween dinner menu in my popular cookbook, The Infinite Feast.


From "The Infinite Feast: How to Host the Ones You Love—Recipes from the Big Easy . . . and Beyond" by Brian Theis, 2020 Click here to get yours!

Grim Reaper Chopped Salad

Makes 4 to 6 servings


1 pound (about 20) shelled and boiled shrimp, tails removed

3 cups romaine lettuce in 3/4-inch strips

1 cup halved grape tomatoes

1 cup haricots verts, cooked and cut in 1-inch pieces

1 orange bell pepper, diced

1/2 cup finely chopped red onion

3/4 cup crumbled blue cheese (3 ounces)

1/2 cup fresh basil in thin strips


1/4 cup red wine vinegar

2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

2 teaspoons salt

Freshly ground black pepper

1/4 cup olive oil


In a large bowl toss shrimp, lettuce, tomatoes, haricots verts, bell pepper, onion, blue cheese, and basil. Whisk together vinegar, lemon juice, salt, pepper to taste, then whisk in oil. Pour dressing around the inner rim of bowl, then toss salad, lightly coating with dressing from bottom of bowl. Chill for 10 minutes and serve.

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