Last night, we had some delicious fresh Cod tacos with homemade escabeche, or pickled jalapenos. To continue on with the tradition of delicious, fresh summer fare, here’s a recipe for a great cool down summertime special.

Ceviche is the more widely known name for fish that has been marinated in citrus and served chilled. It is popular in Spain, Central America, and other tropical regions where fish is a staple in the diet. Other forms of marinated fish include tartare and Poke, both popular in Hawaii as a cool way to beat the heat. Any kind of fish can be used, but for what we’ve got around here, I like to stick with the Pacific Snapper, some great local Oregon Bay Shrimpmeat, and Scallops.

Scallop, Snapper and Shrimp Ceviche with Mango and Avocado

3/4# Sea Scallops, sliced horizontally

3/4# Snapper fillet, sliced on the bias, thinly

1 Champagne Mango, small diced

1 avocado, firm, diced.

2 stalks mint leaves, minced

1 bunch radishes

1 bunch parsley, minced

1 sweet yellow onion, minced

2 fresh tomatoes, chopped

1 chile, seeded and minced

4 cloves garlic

1 carrot, finely chopped

juice of two limes

celery salt

pepper

1/2# fresh cooked Oregon Shrimpmeat

Take your fresh seafood (except for the shrimpmeat) and combine in a bowl. Incorporate the fresh herbs and vegetables, garlic, etc., and add the lime juice. Season with celery salt and pepper. Mix all ingredients gently, and put it in the fridge to sit for two hours. The lime juice will effectively cook it, using a process called acidulation, to kill surface bacteria and provide a safety net for eating raw or undercooked foods.

After two hours, take it out of the fridge, stir it, and incorporate the cooked shrimpmeat. The fact that it’s cooked means that it needs no additional bang from the lime juice to deem it safer to eat.

Grab your favorite bag of tortilla or plantain chips and a cool glass of iced tea with some fresh mint, and use the ceviche in place of salsa for a fresh and delicious way to keep cool. Garnish with fresh parsley, sprigs of cilantro, or simply eat plain. Enjoy!

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