This is The Best Shrimp Avocado Salad you will ever try. Delicious juicy shrimps mixed with fresh greens and soft avocados with a drizzle of a terrific sauce make the perfect salad!
I’m so happy to see the beautiful blossoms on the trees around Boston!
When I was in Iran, spring used to be way warmer than what it is here in Boston and that’s why I’m still not content with the quality of spring here. It was warm for some days and we enjoyed it so much. But now we are back to having rain in the forecast. Maybe it’s time for me to make my favorite date walnut babka again.
But if you are experiencing a warmer climate and thinking about lighting up your meals – and don’t want to cook a full meal on the stove – then today’s post is totally for you: this is the best shrimp avocado salad you’ll ever taste.
And by THE BEST, I really mean the best. I’ve tried the shrimp avocado combination so many times and even though shrimp and avocado together make a perfect combination, there are so many ways to elevate the flavor.
Alright, let’s take a look. First, red onion. Red onion is one of the ingredients that make this salad the best shrimp avocado salad. Because of the sharpness of the flavor and the color, it goes so well with both avocado and shrimp.
Next is lemon, not much talking here, lemon makes everything better.
Then comes that famous favorite flavor combo: cranberry walnut. Is there anyone out there who does’t like this amazing combination?
The addition of olives might be a simple one, but it’s necessary. It adds just the right amount of tanginess and salt that you need.
And the best part of it all: the dressing!
The best part of cooking and testing a new recipe for me is where I get to combine spices to make new flavors. Flavors that match existing ingredients and compliment them in the best way possible.
And my favorite way of combining flavors? Spices! Magical spices!
I always wonder how this whole thing works. Each spice has its own flavor and profile. Then you combine them, whether to make a rub, marinade or, in this case, a dressing for the best shrimp avocado salad you’ve ever had, and you end up having a completely different final flavor that will take you to the moon!
This is the magic of having a love for cooking and making new flavors. Let me tell you about the spices I used to make the dressing.
I used lemon pepper, herb de provence, cumin, garlic powder and paprika. All these spices are delicious on their own but their combination is better than having them each separately. If you’re going to make this shrimp avocado salad, make sure you make a big batch because you will not stop eating after a few bites!
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- 2 tbsp vegetable oil
- 20-25 shelled large shrimps
- 4-6 cups spring mix salad
- 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
- 1/2 cup dried cranberries
- 1/2 cup sliced red onion
- 2 avocados
- 2 lemons
- 1/2 cup sliced pitted olives
- 1 tsp lemon pepper
- 1 tsp herb de provence
- 1/2 tsp cumin
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp paprika
- 2 tbsp white vinegar
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 1/4 cup water
- Heat oil in a pan over medium heat. Saute shrimps until light pink, about 2-3 minutes per side.
- In a large platter, spread the spring mix and top with cooked shrimps, walnuts, dried cranberries and sliced red onion.
- Cut the avocados in half, take the pit out and slice each half. Place the avocado in the platter on the salad.
- Slice the lemon and add it to the salad.
- Finally, add sliced pitted olives.
- Pour the dressing on the salad and serve.
- Mix all the ingredients in a bowl, add salt to taste if needed.