Shrimp and Avocado Salad

July 16, 2012 in Categories: , , , by

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This is probably my favorite dinner salad.  Something about this salad screams summer, refreshing and satisfying all at the same time.  And it tastes better the longer you let the shrimp marinade, so it can be made ahead if you’re expecting company or are like me and have more time to prepare supper in the afternoon (during nap time) than in the evening (when everyone is starving and wants to eat right now).  Serves 2 dinner servings or 4-6 appetizer servings.

Ingredients (Cilantro Dressing/Marinade):

1.    Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix.

Ingredients (Salad):

  • Cilantro dressing
  • 1 lb cooked shrimp, deveined and tail removed
  • 2 ripe avocados
  • 4 cups lettuce or baby greens

1.    Pour cilantro dressing/marinade over shrimp (make sure any excess water is poured off if you are using thawed frozen shrimp).  Stir to coat.  Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour (2 or 3 is better).
2.    Wash and dry lettuce (use a Salad Spinner, paper towel, clean tea towel or just let it sit in a colander).  Divide among plates.
3.    Cut avocado into bite-size wedges.  Sprinkle over lettuce.
4.    Top with marinated shrimp and leftover dressing.  Enjoy!

Comments

It looks amazing! Do your kids eat it? If not, what (if anything?) do you fix for them on nights when they turn their noses up at dinner? Just curious – always looking for kid-friendly seafood recipes… (I’m actually at a real computer today! lol)

My 2.5-year old loves shrimp and my 5.5-year old will eat it begrudgingly. If I’m making this for supper, I usually have some filler foods for the kids, like a green vegetable (because they don’t eat tons of lettuce) and something like sweet potato as a starch. Both my kids also prefer the avocado plain, so I leave some aside without dressing on it for them.

Why don’t the recipes published on your blog show up under the recipe tab? It would be much easier to search for them there instead of having to scroll back through the blog.

I made this and your honey garlic chicken wings. My kids (8 & 6) didn’t care for the shrimp, but DH and I could not get enough of it. The kids loved the chicken wings. I like the fact that everything was super easy to fix.

Made it before church to eat as our lunch afterward and it was great! We added olives and tomatoes to give it a bit more flavor. Also, I think I’ll drizzle olive oil on top before serving. My hubby and I thought this was a hit! The kids liked it okay, but didn’t like the “sour” flavor of the lime juice. I say, “oh well”. More shrimp for us!
Thanks for the recipe!

Just a note of gratitude for this awesome recipe! My spouse has several auto-immune issues, and hates the idea of “giving up” the foods that make her feel ill. Preparing meals like this makes her see the light!

Curious as to how you cooked your shrimp, but I boiled mine.
I just made this and it tasted pretty bland. Really like oily meat. So I doctored it up a bit by throwing it all in a skillet, putting a few pressed cloves of garlic, adding more lime, and finally some hot sauce (spicy vinegar) because there was no acidity to balance out the flavor. (limes are alkalide)
Now thinking back, I wonder/wish I had tried the hot sauce first. (or something else that’s acidic)
But I ate a whole pound of the end product, because why not? Next time, I may just go scampi instead.
Also, I got my shrimp “fresh” from the grocery store, but I grew up on the gulf coast and know that fresh doesn’t have any chemicals/odd flavor. Would you recommend frozen shrimp? Or do they have a downside as well?

I almost always use frozen pre-cooked shrimp for this recipe. If not, I usually sauté in butter or ghee, maybe with a tablespoon of white wine (a lot more flavor than boiling, unless you’ve got shell-on fresh shrimp)

I made this tonight, but I didn’t use any greens…just the avocado, shrimp and the dressing (as directed). My lettuce was bitter, I guess the freeze has gotten to it. It was quite good. My honey even ate it, and he doesn’t like boiled shrimp. I can’t use those pre-cooked shrimp that you mentioned. Something in the way they are treated for freezing, or possibly boiled in, gives me indigestion really badly.

I will definitely make this again.

This salad is unbelievably amazing! When I first tried the dressing (right after I made it), I thought whoa, that’s strong. But then I just put the shrimp in the dressing, stirred, waited a few minutes, and holy cow it tasted absolutely delicious. Thank you!!!

This looks so delicious.. i want to make it as soon s possible. Unfortunately I can’t stand cilantro. I see it is the main ingredient in the dressing. Can you suggest a replacement herb so it can taste just a fresh & yummy, please?

Thank you. I will use Basil. I too cannot eat the pungent cilantro, the taste of it in my mouth, ruins the entire meal for me until I rinse my mouth out.

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