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Shrimp and Avocado Salad
with honey-adobo dressing

Active: 30 minTotal: 30 min

This is a new combination of flavors in a perennial favorite of the Cook Smarts community - the taco salad! This unique version is topped with shrimp and avocados and finished with a spicy and sweet dressing.



Shrimp and Avocado Salad:
  • Shrimp, peeled and deveined - 1 lb
  • Bell peppers, any color - 2, diced
  • Lettuce - 8 oz, chopped (like Boston leaf, bibb, or romaine)
  • Tomatoes, medium - 1, chopped
  • Avocados - 1, chopped
  • Oil, cooking - 1 Tbsp
  • Cumin - 1/2 tsp
  • Lime juice - 2 tsp
  • Pepitas / pumpkin seeds - 1/3 cup
Honey-Adobo Dressing:
  • Garlic - 1 clove, chopped
  • Lime juice - 1 Tbsp
  • Honey - 1 Tbsp
  • Adobo sauce - 2 tsp (usually found with canned chipotle peppers)
  • Cumin - 1/2 tsp
  • Oil, cooking - 4 Tbsp

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Serving Size: 1 serving
Servings Per Recipe 4
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  1. Shrimp - Defrost, rinse, and pat dry.
  2. Make dressing - Chop garlic. Whisk together garlic, lime juice (portion for dressing), honey, adobo sauce, and cumin (portion for dressing). Add oil (portion for dressing) while whisking. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  3. Bell peppers - Dice bell peppers. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  4. Lettuce / Tomatoes / Avocados - Prep as directed.


  1. Heat a skillet or frying pan with oil (portion for salad) over medium heat. Add bell peppers and saute until tender, ~3 minutes.
  2. To bell peppers, add shrimp with cumin (portion for salad) and saute until opaque and cooked through, 4 to 5 minutes. Squeeze lime juice (portion for salad) over top. Season with some salt and pepper.
  3. Assemble salads by tossing together lettuce, tomatoes, avocados, bell peppers, and shrimp. Add vinaigrette until dressed to your liking. Top with pepitas. Enjoy!

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This meal has 11 reviews

Wasn't bad but nothing special. I probably won't make this one again.

By: Catherine
Posted: Sep 20, 2019
Diet: Gluten-free

Portobello mushroom, avocado, and quinoa taco salad. 5yo actually ate some red pepper!! I forgot the blue chips, so it was like dessert at the end of the meal. Dressing was amazing- only it was without garlic or adobo sauce plus garam masala, 5yo was literally licking the bowl and next time I need to double it!

By: Shawn
Posted: Sep 14, 2019
Diet: Vegetarian

Very yummy and easy to make. Filling with lots of textures. There was something bitter about my dressing though. I think next time I’ll do a cilantro lime dressing instead.

By: Taylor
Posted: Sep 13, 2019
Diet: Original

Pretty easy and filling. A salad win!

By: Jenna
Posted: Sep 09, 2019
Diet: Original

Yum. That was very good.

By: Carli
Posted: Sep 08, 2019
Diet: Original

Filling and tasty. Came together quickly. Nice change for a taco salad. The dressing is especially good.

By: Erin
Posted: Sep 06, 2019
Diet: Original