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Shrimp and Avocado Salad
red pepper salsa / cilantro-lime dressing

Active: 30 min Total: 1 hr

Cilantro and lime go the distance in this fresh dinner salad, serving as a marinade for shrimp and dressing for the finished dish. Pepitas add crunch!

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Ingredients

Servings:
4
Metric
Shrimp and Avocado Salad:
  • Shrimp, peeled and deveined - 1 lb
  • Lettuce, boston or romaine - 5 oz, chopped
  • Avocados - 1, chopped
  • Oil, cooking - 1 Tbsp
  • Pumpkin seeds (pepita) - 1/3 cup
  • Cilantro-lime dressing (ingredients listed separately) - ~2/3 cup
Cilantro-Lime Dressing (enough for marinade and dressing):
  • Cilantro, fresh - 1/4 cup
  • Garlic - 1 clove
  • Limes - 3, juice of
  • Oil, cooking - 1/2 cup
  • Honey - 2 Tbsp
  • Cumin, ground - 1/2 tsp
Red Pepper Salsa:
  • Bell peppers, any color - 2, chopped
  • Shallots - 1, minced
  • Tomatoes, large - 2, chopped
  • Cilantro, fresh - 1/4 cup, chopped
  • Oil, cooking - 1 Tbsp
  • Limes - 1, juice of

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Prep

  1. Shrimp - Defrost, rinse, and pat dry.
  2. Make dressing - Place cilantro leaves, garlic, lime juice, oil, honey and cumin into a food processor and puree until smooth. Season to taste with salt and pepper. (Can be done up to 2 days ahead)
  3. Marinate shrimp - Toss shrimp in 1/3 of the dressing (reserve the remaining 2/3 to dress the salad) and marinate for 30 minutes.
  4. Make salsa - Bell peppers / Shallots / Tomatoes / Cilantro - Prep as directed. Combine with oil and lime juice. Season to taste with salt and pepper. (Can be done up to 1 day ahead)
  5. Lettuce / Avocados - Prep as directed.

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Make

  1. Heat a skillet or frying pan over medium-high heat. Add cooking oil. When oil begins to shimmer, add shrimp (discard marinade) and saute for 4 to 6 minutes, until shrimp are pink and cooked through. Transfer shrimp to a bowl.
  2. Assemble salads by topping lettuce with shrimp, salsa, avocados and pepitas. Top with dressing and enjoy!

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Reviews

Ratings

Original (124)
Gluten-free (11)
Paleo (18)
Vegetarian (28)

48 reviews

Very bland, especially the dressing. I would maybe add some jalapeño or chili powder if I made it again.

By: Erika
Posted: Jun 24, 2020
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

I think adding some red onion and jalapeños would add a nice needed bite to this dish.

By: Elisabeth
Posted: Jan 21, 2016
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

Amazing and super flavorful!

By: Carrie
Posted: Dec 18, 2015
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

I added pumpkin seeds and would have loved a little cojita or queso fresco if I had some.

By: Nichole
Posted: Oct 06, 2015
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

Used ground beef.

By: Tirzah
Posted: Sep 16, 2015
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

Tasty! Loved the chips for crunch. Hubs put it in a wrap and was very happy, too.

By: Jana
Posted: Sep 12, 2015
Diet: Original
0 Helpful