Shrimp salad is one of my favorite dishes to serve during the spring and summer, and it offers a light and healthy meal or appetizer that the whole family will be sure to enjoy. It’s ideal for adding to your barbecue offerings, and with never-ending salad options to serve your shrimp with, you’ll always be able to add a new twist or dressing to this classic dish. Keep reading to enjoy twenty new shrimp salad recipes to add to your rotation of salads this year.
Best Shrimp Salad Recipes
1. Citrus Shrimp and Avocado Salad
This simple and easy-to-create salad from Foodie Crush is packed with flavor, and it makes for an excellent light lunch or dinner. You’ll enjoy citrusy pan-seared shrimp that is perfectly paired with creamy avocado. Served on a bed of greens, this salad combines fresh and tasty ingredients for a healthy yet satisfying meal. To give the salad its finishing touch, you’ll add lemon juice, extra virgin olive oil, and sliced almonds.
2. Shrimp Cobb Salad
Natasha’s Kitchen shares this shrimp cobb salad which features Cajun shrimp and plenty of summery flavors. The shrimp only takes four minutes to cook, and you’ll definitely want to add the spices for a unique twist on your typical shrimp salad taste. As well as the shrimp, you’ll add plenty of avocado, sliced Roma tomatoes, and red onions into this dish. Use boiled corn on the cob or Instant Pot corn for a little sweetness and to add more texture to this salad before serving.
3. Easy Lemon Shrimp Salad
You don’t have to spend hours in the kitchen preparing a meal for it to look and taste fantastic. This recipe from Simply Delicious proves just that, and this easy lemon shrimp salad is bound to be enjoyed by your whole family. Your shrimp will first be marinated in lemon, olive oil, and spice, and then you’ll mix the shrimp with some baby spinach, red onion, and avocado for a simple yet flavor-packed lunch or dinner. To give your shrimp the best flavor, allow it to marinate for up to thirty minutes before cooking.
4. Zesty Lime Shrimp and Avocado Salad
Skinny Taste shares this light salad that requires absolutely no cooking! It’s ideal for the summertime when you don’t want to heat up your house by cooking in the kitchen. This refreshing salad combines avocado, red onion, tomatoes, cilantro, and chopped jalapeno for a recipe that’s packed with different flavors. For your dressing, you’ll simply add a small drizzle of olive oil and fresh lime juice for the perfect finish.
5. Spinach, Avocado, and Prawn Salad
This recipe from BBC Good Food shows us that you don’t always have to use lettuce as the base for your salad. You’ll enjoy the Asian twist this dish offers on your classic shrimp salad, as the shrimp’s marinade incorporates soy sauce and sesame oil. This is an incredibly simple dish that uses cooked prawns. After soaking in their marinade, you’ll toss the prawns with spinach and sliced avocado before serving. It’s an easy recipe to follow, and you’ll need just twenty minutes to prepare this dish that comes in at 200 calories per serving.
6. Warm Shrimp Salad
While you might usually associate salads with using cold ingredients, All Recipes encourages you to serve this dish while your shrimp is still warm. Butter lettuce creates the base for this salad, and it is then topped with shrimp that has been cooked in butter and lemon. As well as lettuce, you’ll enjoy a wide variety of fresh ingredients, including cucumber, celery, carrots, tomatoes, and avocado. To finish off this dish, you’ll simply cover the salad in your favorite dressing or vinaigrette, and it will be ready to serve to your friends and family in no time at all.
7. Pan-Sautéed Lemon-Garlic Shrimp Salad
Cooking Light offers us this fifteen-minute recipe that gives you a good source of protein. It’s ideal for a busy weeknight when you want to enjoy a light yet satisfying meal but don’t have hours to spend prepping and cooking in the kitchen. You’ll enjoy the combination of fresh green, tomatoes, and charred corn, which are topped with the pan-sautéed lemon-garlic shrimp. The recipe encourages you to make your own avocado-herb dressing from scratch to add on top, but you can use a store-bought dressing instead if you are short of time.
8. Citrus, Fennel, Avocado & Shrimp Salad
If you are looking for a new shrimp salad recipe to try this spring, check out this recipe from Every Last Bite. Using citrus, fennel, creamy avocado, and shrimp, you’ll create a salad with a wide variety of flavors that is both refreshing and delicious. I love adding fruit to salads, and this recipe uses both orange and grapefruit. The shrimp itself is marinated in a lime, orange, and Dijon mustard sauce, and this mixture will also be used as the dressing for the salad.
9. Prawn, Mango & Avocado Salad
Taste shares this delicious recipe which sets itself apart from other shrimp salads thanks to the addition of mango. You’ll start by chopping the prawns and placing them in the bowl with mango and avocado. Then you’ll create your own sauce with lime, coriander, honey, oil, and chili that will then be poured over your prawn mixture. Butter lettuce creates the base for this salad, and you’ll simply add the mixture on top before serving. It’s a great appetizer or light dinner for the spring and summer.
10. Blackened Shrimp, Asparagus, and Avocado Salad
This recipe from Cafe Delites offers a really unique take on the classic shrimp salad, and it would make a complete meal for a healthy and fresh dinner any day of the week. It’s a low-fat and low-calorie meal that takes just ten minutes to create, so it is ideal for days when you are exhausted after work and want something simple to make. Just because it’s a healthy dish, doesn’t mean that this salad is lacking in any flavor, thanks to the lemon pepper yogurt dressing which you’ll generously drizzle over the top of the dish before serving.
11. Roasted Shrimp & Veggie Salad
If you are looking for a high protein lunch or dinner, try out this roasted shrimp and veggie salad from Tasty. The recipe creates two good-sized portions and combines heaps of different vegetables for a nutrient-rich meal. You’ll add cherry tomatoes, carrot, yellow bell pepper, asparagus, and red onion, for a salad that’s packed with different textures and flavors. This recipe also encourages you to make your own chili-lime vinaigrette dressing, which is so easy to create from scratch. You’ll simply combine lime juice, olive oil, honey, and chili powder, and then you’ll be ready to pour the dressing over your salad before serving.
For an exotic Shrimp salad that will impress even the most well-traveled individuals, try out this Scandinavian shrimp salad from Martha Stewart. You’ll combine your shrimp with hard-boiled eggs, fennel, lettuce, cornichons, and boiled baby potatoes for a substantial salad that will make a filling dinner at any time of the year. The great thing about this recipe is that it requires minimal washing up afterward since you’ll be using the same pan for cooking both the shrimp and the potatoes.
13. Old Bay Shrimp Salad
Old Bay seasoning really takes this shrimp salad from Once Upon A Chef to a new level, and it can be served in so many different ways. You can enjoy it alone with crackers, or heaped over lettuce or onto a croissant for a versatile recipe that you can eat throughout the year for lunch and dinner. For this recipe, you can use raw, cooked, or cooked and peeled shrimp, so you can simply use whatever you already have in your kitchen at home. The great thing about this dish is that you can keep it in the fridge for two days once prepared, so you can create this dish in advance if you are serving it to friends and family for a special occasion.
14. Shrimp Salad with Cilantro Mayonnaise
Laylita’s Recipes shares this simple and quick-to-make shrimp salad that mixes plenty of different ingredients for a satisfying salad. You’ll use boiled or steamed shrimp to combine with radish, egg, celery, red onion, and bell pepper with a cilantro mayonnaise that adds a creamy and fresh texture to this dish. For best results, store this salad in the fridge before serving, as it helps to improve and increase the flavor of the salad.
15. Japanese-Style Shrimp Salad
Japanese flavors might not be the first thing you think of adding to a shrimp salad, but Real Simple has created this Japanese-style shrimp salad that your whole family will surely love. Crunchy romaine is the base of this dish, and it’s combined with cucumbers, shrimp, and a soy-mayo dressing. In just fifteen minutes, you’ll have a simple dinner that’s packed with flavor. The dressing is versatile enough to use again with future recipes and would be a great dipping sauce. When you are mixing this salad together before serving, make sure you treat it with care to ensure the avocado doesn’t break down into small pieces.
16. Mexican Shrimp Salad
If you love Mexican food but want to eat something that is a little lighter than your traditional dish, try this Mexican shrimp salad from Little Spice Jar. It’s ideal for a hot summer’s evening, and this salad combines minced onion, cilantro, avocado, tomatoes, and shrimp for a Mexican twist on your classic recipe. The great thing about this salad is that it only takes twenty minutes to create, and it will be a well-balanced meal that your whole family will enjoy.
17. Margarita Shrimp Salad
Eating Well offers us this fun shrimp salad recipe that uses the flavors of a margarita. This healthy salad will make a great addition to your next family party or barbecue. It uses tequila, orange, and lime for that authentic margarita taste. As well as shrimp, you’ll combine avocado, onion, and romaine lettuce, before finishing the salad off with a spicy sour cream dressing. It’s a wholesome salad that offers a good dose of Vitamin E, potassium, and other beneficial nutrients.
18. Shrimp Salad with Zucchini and Basil
For a bright addition to your dinner table, try out this shrimp salad with zucchini and basil from Epicurious. To save time, you’ll use packaged mixed baby greens, meaning you’ll be able to create this dish in just minutes. You’ll want to toss the greens in plenty of dressing and then divide it between the four plates. After arranging your shrimp and zucchini neatly on top, you can add a sprinkle of parmesan cheese over the salad if you desire before serving.
19. Grilled Shrimp Salad with Blackberries
Blackberries are an unusual addition to a salad, but Home & Plate shows you how their sweet taste can perfectly complement your shrimp salad. This salad offers you a good source of protein, and you’ll enjoy the blue cheese and crunchy almonds which are also added into the mix. It would make a stunning lunch for when you have family and friends around in the summer and is ideal for a hot day when you don’t want to be spending hours cooking in the kitchen.
20. Vietnamese Shrimp Salad with Mint Chile Dressing
Clean Eating offers us this beautiful salad that is sure to impress even the pickiest of eaters in your family. You’ll enjoy a hint of heat, thanks to the mint chile dressing, and you can add additional flavor to the dish by finishing it off with a little cilantro, fresh mint, or Thai basil. In just thirty minutes, you’ll have six portions ready to serve to your family for a light and healthy lunch or dinner any day of the week.
Shrimp salad is such a versatile dish, and you’ll never have to serve your usual plain recipe again now that you have this collection of fun and vibrant recipes. It’s a great dish for serving throughout the year, and you can always customize your salad with seasonal fruits and vegetables. The next time you need a light and healthy lunch or dinner, try out one of these salads, and I’m sure you’ll be impressed by the amount of flavor and freshness they offer without spending hours in the kitchen.