This shrimp and avocado salad recipe is one of the best salad recipes ever. You can make it in just 10 minutes, it’s healthy, great for the Whole30 diet, perfect for meal planning and most importantly… it’s super tasty.
Today I am going to show you how to make a shrimp and avocado salad with cilantro and lime… in just 10 minutes.
Yep, you heard that right!
If there was a contest called the-easiest-and-tastiest-salad, this super easy shrimp salad recipe would certainly win it. And nothing would ever dethrone it.
Actually, this shrimp and avocado salad recipe has so many benefits that it’s hard for any food to compete against it.
First of all, you can make it in just 10 minutes. How many delicious foods do you know that take so little time to make?!
They’re not that many!
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Second of all, cilantro with lime and garlic is one of the best combos ever, in terms of taste and flavor. That’s what makes this shrimp and avocado salad super tasty.
Furthermore, this easy shrimp salad recipe is perfect for meal planning. I’ll explain more about this in the tips and tricks below.
And another great feature is that it goes with the Whole30 diet.
For those of you who are unfamiliar with it, Whole30 is a 30-day clean-eating diet that removes entire categories of foods that might impact your health negatively.
Here are some of the categories that Whole30 rules out: dairy, grains, sugar of any kind (“healthy” or unhealthy) beans, legumes, soy products and alcohol.
I know, apparently, that’s a quite a long list but it has many benefits and here are some of the most important:
- Weight loss
- Increased energy levels
- Better sleep quality
- Improves overall health
- Improves digestion
For those who want to learn more about this diet, you should check out the Beginner’s Guide to Whole30 by Greatist.com.
Coming back to our shrimp and avocado salad recipe, the reason why it is so healthy and fits with the Whole30 diet is that it’s low-calorie and low-carb.
And now it’s time to show you a few useful tips and tricks that will help you make the best cilantro lime shrimp and avocado salad ever.
How to make shrimp and avocado salad easy – Best Tips & Tricks
1. How to cook shrimp for salad
There are two ways of cooking shrimp for salad:
- In a skillet: Heat oil in a skillet and toss the shrimps in. Add salt & pepper, minced garlic and other seasonings of your choice. Cook for about 2 min per side or until pink and opaque.
- In the oven: Toss the shrimps into a large sheet pan, add your seasonings of choice, a bit of olive oil, salt & pepper, mix to coat and then arrange them into a single layer in the pan. Roast until the shrimps turn pink and opaque, about 8-10 minutes.
Now that you know how to cook shrimp for salad, let’s see what dressing goes with this shrimp salad.
2. What dressing goes with shrimp salad
I made this cilantro lime shrimp and avocado salad with a super easy dressing which can also be used for many other dishes. The recipe is simple: lime juice, olive oil, salt and pepper.
Another dressing that goes with shrimp salad is the maple syrup dressing that I made for this quinoa chopped salad:
- 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
- 1/3 cup olive oil
- 2 Tbsp pure maple syrup
- 1 Tbsp Dijon mustard
- Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, to your taste
It’s worth mentioning that if you make it with the second dressing, it won’t go with the Whole30 diet as it contains maple syrup (No sugar, remember?).
Now that you know what dressing goes with shrimp salad, let’s move further to the next useful tip.
3. What to serve with shrimp salad
This cilantro lime shrimp salad is great on its own as a main, but I know that it may not be enough for some greedy foodies. So here’s an excellent idea of a side dish that you could serve with shrimp salad: Cilantro lime rice.
This simple and tasty side dish goes perfectly with this easy shrimp salad recipe, but you can also serve it with many other dishes.
All you have to do is cook the rice according to package instructions, then add a handful of fresh chopped cilantro, squeeze lime, add salt and pepper to taste and mix to combine.
Now you know what to serve with shrimp salad. Let’s see how you can adapt this healthy shrimp salad recipe to your taste.
4. Adapt this healthy shrimp salad recipe to your taste
You can replace the shrimp with cooked shredded chicken and it will still go with the Whole30 diet.
Furthermore, you can use your favorite veggies and here are a few that would go well in this healthy shrimp salad recipe:
- bell peppers
- romaine salad
- baby spinach
You could also add fruits like cubed mango, kiwi, or even strawberries.
As you can see, adapting this healthy shrimp salad recipe to your taste is easy. But if you want to try some different combo (something more “exotic”) and don’t know if it would work, don’t hesitate to ask me. I’m always happy to help when it comes to cooking.
And now let’s see how you can use this easy shrimp salad recipe for meal planning.
5. How to meal plan with cilantro lime shrimp and avocado salad
This easy shrimp salad recipe is perfect for meal planning, as are all of my latest recipes.
As I told you before, I’m going to post more meal prep recipes and then I’m going to put them together into weekly meal plans and post them here (I’d love to hear your thoughts about this).
If you want to meal plan with this cilantro lime shrimp salad, then it’s worth noting a few important tricks.
First of all, if you store it in airtight containers, don’t add the lime juice and seasonings until you’re ready to serve the salad. Otherwise, it will turn soggy.
If you’re doing your meal prep in mason jars, then you can add the seasonings at the bottom. In this case, it’s best to layer the ingredients as follows (from bottom to top):
- lemon juice
- olive oil
Secondly, make sure the salad leaves are dry so that they will remain fresh and crisp when stored for many days.
You can refrigerate this cilantro lime shrimp salad for up to 3 days and season it just before serving.
So that was all, my dear foodies. That was everything you needed to know to make this healthy shrimp salad recipe. Now comes the fun part, the actual cooking.
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Cilantro Lime Shrimp And Avocado Salad Recipe
- 1 lb (500g) medium raw shrimp - peeled and deveined
- 2 cloves garlic - minced or pressed
- 1 1/2 Tbsp olive oil - divided
- Sea salt and fresh ground black pepper
- 2-3 cups (40-60g) mixed green leaves
- 1 cup (150g) baby plum tomatoes - halved
- 1/2 medium red onion - thinly sliced
- 1 avocado - peeled, pitted and sliced
- 1 lime - juiced
- 1/2 small bunch of cilantro - picked
- Heat half a tablespoon of oil into a large non-stick pan or skillet over medium-high heat. Add in the shrimp, garlic and sauté for 3-4 minutes, or just until cooked through. Set aside.
- Arrange the salad leaves in a large mixing bowl. Top with tomatoes, red onions, avocados and cooked shrimp.
- Add fresh picked cilantro and juice from 1 lime. Drizzle with the remaining olive oil, then season with sea salt and fresh ground pepper to your taste and gently toss to combine.
- There are 2 ways of cooking shrimp for salad: in the skillet and in the oven (see how at Tip #1).
- You can make it with the simple dressing in the recipe or the maple syrup dressing at Tip #2. But in this case, it won't go with the Whole30 diet as it contains maple syrup.
- You can replace the shrimp with whole shredded chicken and the veggies with your favorites. Here are a few veggies that go well with cilantro lime shrimp salad: bell peppers, romaine salad, baby spinach, cucumbers.
- Furthermore, you can add fruits like cubed mango, kiwi, or strawberries.
- Use this healthy shrimp salad recipe for meal planning but remember to keep the lime juice and seasonings separately from the salad until you are ready to serve it. See more about this process at Tip #5.
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