This easy, healthy shrimp salad is light and refreshing! It's also keto-friendly, paleo-friendly, and whole30-compliant!
Recently, the temperatures soared to 100°F degrees here for a couple of days. That is NOT normal for the Pacific Northwest.
When it's too hot to cook, I often reach for this super easy, super delicious no-cook shrimp salad. It's healthy, refreshing dish to help you beat the heat!
What ingredients are in this shrimp salad?
This salad has ingredients that are keto-friendly, Whole30-compliant, and Paleo-friendly.
Shrimp - I buy frozen large shrimp that's precooked. That way, I just have to thaw it out and then toss it into the salad! If you are using uncooked shrimp, you can either steam it, grill it, or sauté it for a few short minutes. Then, simply add to the salad.
Romaine Lettuce - I love the nice crunch you get with Romaine lettuce in particular. However, I have also made this salad with red leaf lettuce and butter lettuce. Both of those are just as delicious!
Red Bell Peppers - You can either slice or chop up a de-stemmed, de-seeded red bell pepper. This adds some lovely color, crunch, and a bit of sweetness to the salad.
Mango - Shrimp and mango almost always pair so well together. If you can get mango in-season, during the summer months, that's the best. Otherwise, you could also use a peach or a nectarine instead.
Avocado - You can either slice or chop up some avocado for this salad. I love the silky texture avocado adds. It's a nice contrast to the crunchy vegetables and adds balance.
Radishes - I just love radishes in salads, and thin slices of radish in this healthy shrimp salad add some lovely crunch and a slightly peppery flavor.
What other dishes go with shrimp salad?
This salad is an excellent main course for lunch or dinner.
However, you can also enjoy it as a side salad. In this case, it would taste amazing served alongside any of these dinner recipes:
- Grilled Honey Garlic Chicken Skewers
- Pork and Peanut Dragon Noodles
- Air Fryer Whole Chicken
- Instant Pot Garlic Chicken
Wine to pair with shrimp salad
A light, refreshing, healthy salad like this calls for an equally light, refreshing wine.
The tropical fruit notes often found in Viognier, Moscato, and Gewurztraminer would pair beautifully. These wines would help bring out the mango and the lime flavors of the salad.
How long does shrimp salad last in the fridge?
This shrimp salad is best eaten on the same day you make it. However, you can place leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 1-2 days.
More healthy recipes
- Grilled Salmon with Lemon and Herbs
- Grilled Shrimp Pineapple Skewers
- Grilled Honey Garlic Chicken Skewers
- Summer Wine and Food Pairings
- Grilled Bourbon Chicken
- Avocado Corn Salad
Healthy Shrimp Salad
- 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil (EVOO)
- 3 tablespoons fresh-squeezed lime juice
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- ¼ teaspoon sea salt
- ¼ teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
- 1-2 cups torn or chopped romaine lettuce leaves
- 1 pound large shrimp
- 1 avocado, peeled, pitted, and sliced
- 1 red bell pepper, sliced
- 1 ripe mango, peeled, cored, and sliced
- 3-4 radishes, thinly sliced
- salt and pepper
- optional: chopped cilantro leaves, lime juice
Make the dressing
- In a medium bowl, whisk together all of the dressing ingerdients, from the olive oil to black pepper.
Assemble the Salad
- In a large bowl, add the lettuce, then layer on the shrimp, peppers, radishes, avocado, and mango. Season with salt and pepper. Sprinkle chopped cilantro and squeeze a bit of fresh lime juice, if desired. Serve with dressing.
Nutrition information is a general estimate. Actual nutrition details may vary depending on the exact foods & brands you use to make this recipe. It does not take into account any substitutions, toppings, or optional ingredients.
Katherine Hackworthy says
So many great flavors in this salad. I love the lime-cumin dressing, too.
I really enjoyed the light salad dressing on this salad. It is perfect for a quick and healthy lunch.
I've been needing a new salad recipe and this shrimp salad was perfect! It was so refreshing and delicious. I can't wait to make it again- it might even become a weekly salad for me!
Heidy Linn says
Healthy Shrimp Salad should be named award-winning Shrimp salad. I loved it and will be making it to take for lunches this week! Great recipe.
Carrie Robinson says
I just love how fresh & healthy this is! Definitely adding this to my weekly lunch rotation asap. :)