Healthy Summer Recipes – Shrimp and Avocado Salad


As spring slowly rolls into Seattle and we get closer to summer, I start thinking about the prospect of wearing shorts and bathing suits. It is also this time of year that I realize I need to invest in some good self-tanner to cover up the whiteness of my legs from the long Seattle winter. These thoughts force me to step up my health game with cooking healthier meals in preparation for my summer wardrobe.

I found this great Shrimp and Avocado salad recipe on Natasha's Kitchen. The shrimp is to die for and the salad is packed full of veggies. The dressing is homemade and very easy to make. This recipe is quick, except for the chopping portion. Eating healthy takes work though, right?

For the Cajun Shrimp:
2 Tbsp unsalted butter
1 lb large raw shrimp, peeled and deveined
1 tsp Cajun spice (I used Old Bay Seasoning)
2 cloves garlic, pressed
Pinch of salt
For the Zesty Cilantro Lemon Dressing:
3 Tbsp olive oil (mild or extra virgin)
Juice of 1 large lemon (about 3 Tbsp) (it’s ok to sub lime juice)
1/2 bunch cilantro, (1/2 cup chopped)
1 tsp sea salt or 3/4 tsp table salt
1/8 tsp freshly ground black pepper

For the Zesty Cilantro Lemon Dressing:

3 Tbsp olive oil (mild or extra virgin)
Juice of 1 large lemon (about 3 Tbsp) (it’s ok to sub lime juice)
1/2 bunch cilantro, (1/2 cup chopped)
1 tsp sea salt or 3/4 tsp table salt
1/8 tsp freshly ground black pepper

1. Gather all ingredients
2. Chop all the veggies (this is the longest step)
3. Season thawed shrimp with 1 tsp Old Bay Seasoning, 2 cloves garlic minced and a pinch of salt
4. Melt 2 Tbsp butter in a Sautee pan on medium heat. Place shrimp in a single row and cook for one minutes. Flip over and cook for another 1-2 minutes but make sure you don’t overcook them (It’s easy to do)
5. Move shrimp to a plate to cool
6. Make the dressing: mix 3 tbsp olive oil, the juice of 1 lemon, a pinch of salt and pepper to taste and ½ cup chopped cilantro to a bowl and whisk. I forgot the cilantro this time and missed it.
7. Place romaine in the bottom of each bowl and then place each ingredient in a row. Add a few tsps. of dressing to each bowl. 

I hope you try this salad and enjoy it! If you have any of your favorite healthy recipes you’d like to share, leave a comment below. We’d love to hear from you!

Cheers,

Lauren

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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