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Shrimp Salad with Cilantro-Lime Vinaigrette


To satisfy a hungry crowd, serve this tart shrimp salad, courtesy of Joanna Rockwell of San Diego, California, with white or brown rice in place of lettuce.

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  • Servings: 4

Photography: Standard

Source: Everyday Food, January/February 2012


  • 4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 pound medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 1/2 small white onion, diced small
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice (from 2 limes)
  • 1/4 cup packed fresh cilantro leaves, chopped, plus leaves for serving
  • 1 head Bibb or Boston lettuce, leaves separated
  • 2 medium carrots, peeled and shredded


  1. In a large nonstick skillet, heat 2 teaspoons oil over medium-high. Season shrimp with salt and pepper. Add shrimp to skillet and cook until opaque throughout, about 5 minutes. Transfer shrimp to a plate.

  2. To skillet, add 1 teaspoon oil and onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until translucent, 3 minutes. Add garlic, cumin, and cayenne and cook until fragrant, 1 minute. Remove skillet from heat. Add cooked shrimp and toss to combine.

  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together 3 tablespoons oil, lime juice, and cilantro. Season with salt and pepper. Divide lettuce among 4 plates. Top with shrimp mixture, carrots, and cilantro leaves. Drizzle with dressing.

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  • kstover2009gma
    16 SEP, 2016
    Loved this recipe! I made some adjustments to the dressing since it was a little too tangy for my taste. I added 1 TBSPGreek yogurt and 1 tsp Dijon mustard and it was perfect. I also threw on some feta, a sliced avocado and Marzano tomatoes. Absolutely delicious and super fresh