This Shrimp Avocado Salad Recipe was sponsored by the Hass Avocado Board as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.
Would you believe that I did not try my first avocado until I was in my twenties? Seriously! Isn’t that crazy? I grew up in a small town in Connecticut. My parents were not at all that adventurous when it came to food. As wild as we got was a pizza from the local Italian restaurant. Since I lived an hour outside of New York City, that wasn’t such a crazy thing to eat. When I graduated college, I moved down to Houston. My taste buds were finally awakened to the magic of more exotic cooking. Living in an area that combined the flavors of Mexico with those of Lousiana, I grew to love spicy and flavorful cooking very quickly. I definitely stock up on avocados weekly now. This shrimp avocado salad recipe was a deliciously light summer salad for lunch today!
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Avocados are incredibly healthy and there are SO many ways to incorporate them into your diet. I like to turn them into homemade guacamole and slice them on avocado toast. I frequently toss them into salads and even turn them into smoothies. With the abundance of summer produce in the stores right now, there is no end to the amazing ways that you can include avocados in your daily diet.
So versatile, fresh avocados can be used in any meal or dish. They can be used as a recipe substitute for bad fats, a way to add naturally good fats, a nutrient-dense fruit to add nutrient value, and as a vegan or vegetarian possible alternative to dairy products. Avocado contributes nearly 20 vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients, making it a good choice to help meet nutrient needs.
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Avocados act as a “nutrient booster” by helping the body to better absorb fat-soluble nutrients, such as alpha- and beta-carotene and lutein, from foods that are eaten with the fruit. According to a recent survey from Fresh Avocados – Love One Today®, 53% of consumers are currently dieting, but only 30% are eating several servings of fruits and vegetables daily.
Avocados are incredibly healthy and I love the deliciously creamy texture. This shrimp avocado salad recipe is a tasty way to get more protein in your diet as well as boost the ‘good fats’ that you are eating as well. Want to learn more about Hass Avocados? Check out the Hass Avocado Board at the links below!
Shrimp Avocado Salad Recipe with Cajun Lime Dressing
- 1 pound shrimp, cooked, peeled, deveined, and chopped
- 1 1/2 cups chopped cherry tomatoes
- 1 Hass avocado, diced
- 1 jalapeno, seeds removed, diced fine
- 1/2 cup red onion, chopped
- 2 to 3 TBSP fresh cilantro, chopped
- FOR THE DRESSING:
- 2 limes, juice of
- 1 TBSP olive oil
- 1/2 to 1 TBSP cajun seasoning (to taste)
- To make the salad:
- Combine the shrimp, onion, cilantro, avocado, tomatoes, and jalapeno in a bowl.
- In a separate small bowl, combine lime juice, olive oil and cajun seasoning. Whisk well.
- Pour the dressing over the salad and toss to mix. Chill 30 minutes or serve immediately.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 61Total Fat: 4gCarbohydrates: 8gProtein: 1g
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Diane has a Bachelor’s degree in Microbiology with a Minor in Health Management and Policy. She spent many years working in cancer research, academics, and biotechnology. Concern over the growing incidence of human disease and the birth of her children led her to begin living a more natural life. She quickly realized that the information she was learning along the way could be beneficial to many others and started blogging as a way to share this knowledge with others. While passionate about health and the environment she can’t quite give up her favorite Cheetos and Diet Coke! Learn more about her HERE.