This shrimp salad recipe is a delicious and refreshing meal that’s perfect when you are looking for something healthy to eat but want something that doesn’t taste healthy! It’s easy to make, packed with flavor, and loaded with protein and veggies. Whether you’re looking for a light lunch or a tasty appetizer, this shrimp salad is a perfect choice. So let’s get started and see how to make this delicious recipe!
Why I Love This Shrimp Salad Recipe
Growing up, I always wanted to love shrimp. My grandma always made a big platter of it for Christmas Eve and I would try it every single year. But I just wasn’t a fan. It was both the texture and the flavor. In fact, a few years ago I saw a grilled shrimp recipe that just looked amazing and decided it was time to give shrimp another try now that I was an “adult.” I hated it. Brought it over to our neighbors who couldn’t believe I had a pan full of gorgeous, delicious grilled shrimp for them.
But something changed when I turned 40. Suddenly, I actually enjoyed shrimp. They say it takes between 20-40 attempts to learn to like a new food. Apparently it took me 40 years, averaging about once a year trying it 🙂 Not only do I made dishes like this amazing shrimp salad recipe, but I often order shrimp when we go out for dinner. I just did a recipe count and this is my EIGHTH shrimp recipe here so I think I’m converted! Up next on my list of foods I wished I liked….lobster. Wish me luck!
Shrimp Salad Recipe Ingredients & Tools
- Cooked medium shrimp
- Green onions
- Flat leaf Italian parsley
- Toasted slivered almonds
- Fresh lemon juice
- Light mayonnaise
- Kosher salt
- Black pepper
- Medium sized mixing bowl
- Lettuce leaves or bread to serve in, if desired
How to Make Shrimp Salad
If you can chop up a few vegetables, then you can make this delicious shrimp salad recipe!
Time needed: 15 minutes.
How to Make Shrimp Salad
- Prepare the shrimp
Since your cooked shrimp is probably frozen, thaw it for a few days in the fridge, or place it in a mesh colander and run it under cold water until it thaws. Remove the tails.
- Add the vegetables and almonds
Be sure you dice the veggies small so they enhance the salad but don’t become the focus. Also, toast the slivered almonds to bring out their best flavor and texture in the salad.
- Make the dressing
No need to mix the dressing in a separate bowl and make more dirty dishes. Just add all the dressing ingredients into the bowl with the shrimp and mix-ins.
- Toss the salad together
Gently toss the salad together until the dressing evenly coats all the ingredients.
You can serve the shrimp salad on its own, inside lettuce leaves, or inside bread as a sandwich. Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days.
Shrimp Salad Recipe FAQs
Since the shrimp salad recipe has protein and vegetables, think of starches you can serve with the dish for a nice balance. A loaf of French bread or a warm pan of cornbread would both pair nicely. You could also serve the salad alongside a baked potato or steamed white rice as well.
As long as it is store in an airtight container, this shrimp salad will last 3-5 days in the fridge and still be perfectly safe to eat. Be sure you put the leftovers away right away after serving to keep the shrimp salad at the proper temperature.
Is this shrimp salad recipe healthy?
Yes, this shrimp salad recipe is very healthy! While there is some mayonnaise in the dressing, it is a very small amount and uses light mayo. Each serving is packed with over 20 grams of protein for less than 225 calories. Everyone defines healthy differently, but in my book, this recipe scores high on the health scale!
Can I leave out the almonds?
Yes, you can leave out the almonds but as always, I highly recommend trying recipes as written before making changes. The toasted almonds in this shrimp salad recipe not only add an amazing crunch, but enhances the flavor as well. Try it before you dismiss using the almonds!
Can I made this shrimp salad recipe using raw shrimp?
As long as you cook the shrimp first, absolutely! I used precooked, shelled and deveined shrimp simply because it was easier for me but all the recipe requires is the shrimp to be fully cooked. You can either quickly sauté them in a pan until they turn pink and milky white, or toss them in some seasoned boiling water for a few minutes.
Being a home cook provides endless opportunities to experiment with recipes, personalizing them to your tastes and creativity. Any of the following variations would be great spin-offs of this shrimp salad recipe.
- Add smokiness with some cooked bacon or diced ham in with the other ingredients.
- Include spice by adding a fresh minced jalapeño or Serrano pepper. Leave the seeds and white interior membrane for a strong heat, or remove them for a mild heat level.
- Add diced avocado for even more creaminess to the finished shrimp salad. Dice half a ripe avocado and gently fold it in after the salad has been coated in the dressing.
- Increase the vegetables if you want to stretch the number of people this shrimp salad recipe serves, or just love tons of vegetables. Some veggies suggestions would be some diced red bell pepper, jicama, carrots, or fresh sweet corn.
Shrimp Salad Recipe Video
Watch this short 30-second video and see how quickly this shrimp salad comes together! This is a true 15-minute dinner recipe.
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24 ounces cooked medium shrimp, tails removed
1 celery stalk, finely chopped
2 green onions, finely chopped
1/3 cucumber, finely chopped
1/4 cup slivered almonds, toasted
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1/2 fresh lemon, juiced
1 tablespoon chopped flat-leaf parsley
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
If you want to serve in a sandwich, chop up the shrimp into smaller pieces.
Variation: add 1/2 diced avocado in after the salad has been completely mixed and toss gently to combine.
- Prep Time: 15 minutes
- Category: Salad
- Method: Fresh
- Cuisine: American
- Serving Size: 1/6th
- Calories: 224 kcal
- Sugar: 1 g
- Sodium: 882 mg
- Fat: 14 g
- Saturated Fat: 1 g
- Unsaturated Fat: 3 g
- Trans Fat: 0 g
- Carbohydrates: 7 g
- Fiber: 3 g
- Protein: 20 g
- Cholesterol: 143 mg
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