Shrimp Salad with Cilantro-Lime Vinaigrette

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Prep Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
20 mins

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.


  • 4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

  • 1 pound medium shrimp, peeled and deveined

  • Coarse salt and ground pepper

  • ½ small white onion, diced small

  • 2 garlic cloves, minced

  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin

  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper

  • ¼ cup fresh lime juice (from 2 limes)

  • ¼ 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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