daring pairing: mexican flair

{This is a pre-scheduled post. I am currently getting my Cinco de Drinko Mayo on}

This post is not revived from Harmonized Living- it’s a brand new daring pairing in honor of my favorite holiday, Cinco de Mayo!  

For me, Mexico conjures images of vibrant culture, close-knit communities, and the sound of sing-song Spanish everywhere. I’m instantly taken back to the month I spent in San Miguel de Allende, where I learned traditional dances {I will not dance them even if you ask nicely haha}, ate amazing food, and wandered the cobblestone streets with summer friends. The place where I lived looked a little bit like this:

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 Just like the home decor, the food is heavily influenced by the culture and history of the area. It’s characterized by bright colors, a mix of textures, and a certain spiciness, like in this traditional ceviche {not for the faint of heart, since the shrimp is technically raw!}.

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  • 3 lbs small raw shrimp, cleaned
  • 4 large tomatoes, seeded and diced
  • 6 limes, juiced
  • 4 lemons, juiced
  • 1 cup cilantro leaves, chopped
  • 1 serrano chile, seeded and finely chopped
  • 1/2 of a cucumber, peeled and diced
  • 1 red onion, diced
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 3 tablespoons tomato sauce


Lay out shrimp in the bottom of glass baking dish. Pour lemon and lime juice over them and refrigerate for 3 hours. The juice will “cook” the shrimp. Toss with remaining ingredients and refrigerate for one more hour or longer. Enjoy with tortilla chips or as a topper for grilled fish!

Enjoy your Cinco de Mayo!


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