olive-oil-968657_1920Mediterranean culture has long been lauded for their ridiculously healthy, yet wonderfully delicious, diet, and rightfully so. As science advances, more insights are gained into what makes this particular culture’s nutritional foundation so good. At its core, it comes down to their primary source of protein: seafood. Our job at Lombardi’s Seafood Market is to show you how to take the best seafood Orlando has to offer and learn how it can benefit you, every day.

The Mediterranean climate allows many fruits and vegetables to thrive, with olives being particularly abundant. This plentitude of olive trees led to ardent consumption of olive oil, whether as a cooking medium or simply an accompanying garnish. Olive oil is comprised primarily of unsaturated fat, which is the healthier fat because it runs more freely through your arteries, helping keep them clear of clogs that saturated fats are responsible for.

Where their cuisine really shines is the extent to which they focus on simple ingredients to concoct memorable dishes. One of the ingredients they use so often is shrimp, the humble crustacean we all know and love. We like to prepare an easy, tasty, and healthy salad using just a few ingredients.

Pick up some fresh peeled, washed, and deveined shrimp. Take some skewers and thread them, 3 per skewer, and place them to the side. In a bowl, stir in ¼ cup of lemon juice, minced garlic, salt, pepper, 2 tablespoons of snipped parsley, and 3 tablespoons of olive oil. Brush this mix over your shrimp, and let them soak it up for 30 minutes. Turn the grill to medium heat, and cook the shrimp for about 5 to 8 minutes, flipping them once during this time. Prepare a simple salad consisting of tomatoes, olives, red onions, and parsley, along with some toasted bread cubes or croutons. Drizzle with vinegar and olive oil, then add your shrimp and enjoy.

There’s no need to fly across the pond to get your Mediterranean fix; you’ve done it right at home! It’s really that easy to incorporate the best seafood Orlando into your diet; simply visit Lombardi’s Seafood Market, and follow our steps. We’re located on West Fairbanks Avenue in Winter Park and are excitedly awaiting your visit.