Shrimp and Avocado Taco Salad Recipe

Yields: 4 servings
Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 5-7 minutes

Ingredients:

For the shrimp:

  • 1 pound large shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

For the salad:

  • 1 head romaine lettuce, chopped
  • 1 (15oz) can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 (15oz) can corn, drained
  • 1 cup cherry or grape tomatoes, halved
  • 1/2 cup chopped red onion
  • 2 avocados, diced
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • Juice of 1 lime

For the dressing:

  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Equipment

  • Large skillet
  • Large salad bowl
  • Small bowl or jar for dressing

Instructions

Cook the shrimp:

  • Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
  • Add the shrimp, chili powder, cumin, garlic powder, paprika, salt, and pepper.
  • Cook, stirring occasionally, until the shrimp are pink and cooked through, about 5-7 minutes.
  • Remove the shrimp from the pan and set aside.

Assemble the salad:

  • In a large salad bowl, combine the romaine lettuce, black beans, corn, tomatoes, red onion, avocados, cilantro, and lime juice. Toss gently to combine.

Make the dressing:

  • In a small bowl or jar, whisk together the olive oil, lime juice, honey, chili powder, cumin, salt, and pepper.

Finish and serve:

  • Add the cooked shrimp to the salad bowl.
  • Drizzle the dressing over the salad and toss to coat evenly.
  • Serve immediately with tortilla chips or warm tortillas for a satisfying taco-inspired meal.

Optional additions/variations:

  • Cheese: Top with crumbled cotija or queso fresco for extra flavor.
  • Spice: Add a diced jalapeño pepper to the salad for a kick.
  • Creamy dressing: Substitute the vinaigrette-style dressing with a cilantro-lime ranch or a chipotle ranch for a creamier approach.

Tips:

  • Use the freshest shrimp possible for the best flavor.
  • Don’t overcook the shrimp or they’ll become rubbery.
  • If you don’t like cilantro, substitute fresh parsley.
  • Adjust the seasonings to your liking.

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