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Cajun Shrimp Salad
with carrots / walnuts

Active: 25 minTotal: 25 min

This fresh, easy salad with shrimp is a paleo-friendly tribute to Shrimp Po' Boy sandwiches. Cajun seasoning adds bold flavors while walnuts and carrots give it great crunch. This meal got great reviews for simplicity and flavor when it was featured in 2017, so we wanted to bring it back again in the heat of the summer.

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Ingredients

Servings:
4
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Cajun Shrimp Salad:
  • Shrimp, peeled and deveined - 1 lb
  • Cajun seasoning - 1 Tbsp
  • Carrots - 8 oz, diced
  • Lettuce, romaine - 3 hearts, shredded (sub green leaf lettuce)
  • Tomatoes, medium - 1, diced
  • Oil, cooking - 1 Tbsp
  • Walnut halves - 1/3 cup
Cajun Dressing:
  • Cajun seasoning - 1/2 tsp
  • Mustard, Dijon - 1 tsp
  • Honey - 1 tsp
  • Hot sauce of choice (opt) - 1/2 tsp
  • Vinegar, red or white wine - 1 Tbsp
  • Oil, olive - 2 1/2 Tbsp

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Servings Per Recipe 4
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Prep

  1. Shrimp - Defrost, rinse, and dry. Combine with Cajun seasoning (the portion for the shrimp) and some salt and pepper.
  2. Carrots - Chop carrots into bite-sized pieces. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  3. Make Cajun dressing - Whisk together Cajun seasoning (the portion for the dressing), mustard, honey, hot sauce (if using), vinegar, and olive oil. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  4. Lettuce / Tomatoes - Prep as directed.

Make

  1. Heat a skillet or wok over medium-high heat. Add oil and then shrimp. Saute until shrimp is opaque and cooked through, 2 to 4 minutes (depending on their size).
  2. Assemble salads by forming a bed of lettuce. Top with carrots, tomatoes, shrimp, and walnuts. Toss with dressing just before serving. Enjoy!

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Reviews

Ratings

Original (30)
Gluten-free (1)
Paleo (9)
Vegetarian (8)

22 reviews

I forgot to get the lettuce which would have made these way better, but even without, they were pretty good. Great option for a summer dinner.

By: Brittany
Posted: Jun 30, 2019
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

Solid, easy meal.

By: Marin
Posted: Jun 12, 2019
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

Made this as an easy summer meal for company. This sauce was amazing - can't wait to make again!

By: Kristen
Posted: Sep 11, 2018
Diet: Paleo
0 Helpful

Yum! Very tasty. I don’t usually eat chips as a side but I did it because I was “told” to. Thanks for the excuse!

By: Andrea
Posted: Sep 01, 2018
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

Subbed chicken for shrimp. Easy to put together, but nothing too exciting about the paleo version.

By: Sundi
Posted: Aug 19, 2018
Diet: Paleo
0 Helpful

One of my favorite meals thus far! Very easy and tasty. I added avocado slices to the sandwiches.

By: Dalia
Posted: Aug 08, 2018
Diet: Vegetarian
0 Helpful