Chunky Guacamole & Shrimp Salad
This might be the healthiest Mexican-style salad you've ever tried! All the goodness and freshness of guacamole plus perfectly seasoned shrimp and cool cottage cheese come together to make this easily customizable meal.
- 3 tablespoons avocado oil divided
- 1 pound raw shrimp peeled and deveined
- 1 teaspoon chili powder
- 1/2 teaspoon Salt
- 2 limes quartered
- 1 green pepper diced or cut into strips
- 1 red pepper diced or cut into strips
- 1 jalapeño thinly sliced
- 1 Avocado diced or cut into strips, drizzled with lime juice
- 1 purple onion thinly sliced
- 8 ounces cherry or grape tomatoes whole, halved or quartered
- 16 ounces cottage cheese
- Fresh cilantro
Toss the shrimp in one tablespoon of the avocado oil. Sprinkle with the chili powder and salt over the shrimp and toss to combine. Squeeze one small lime (or half a larger lime) over the shrimp.
Heat one tablespoon of the remaining avocado oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add half of the shrimp to the pan (the shrimp should sizzle when they touch the pan). The shrimp are ready to turn when the edges touching the pan start to turn pink (about 1-2 minutes, more if using larger shrimp).
Turn the shrimp over and cook for another 1-2 minutes. Do not overcook the shrimp as they will continue to cook even after removal from the pan. Remove shrimp from pan to a plate or bowl.
Add the final tablespoon of avocado oil to the pan, allow the oil to heat and then repeat cooking steps with remaining uncooked shrimp.
Assemble salads or allow each person to create their own. A squeeze of fresh lime juice and fresh cilantro or green onions adds the perfect finishing touch.
Vegetable Oil or Canola Oil can be used instead of Avocado Oil.
Shrimp is sold on a size-count measure. The number of shrimp in one pound depends on the size of the shrimp. For this recipe, I purchased one pound of 31/40 count shrimp. This means there are approximately 35 shrimp in one pound. You can use larger or smaller shrimp as you prefer but be sure to adjust your cooking times accordingly.