Have a healthy and flavorful family meal with this Grilled Cajun Shrimp and Avocado Salad recipe! It’s absolutely no fuss and super easy to make!
Salads are one of the easiest healthy meals to make. That’s why they have become a regular on our menu.
We also enjoy seafood so we blended shrimp with some fresh garden tomatoes and ripened avocados to make a simple salad.
This easy grilled Cajun shrimp and avocado salad has become a go-to side dish at all our summer BBQ parties!
The salad compliments our BBQ favorites and can be prepared in a flash. And we never have to worry about leftovers because our guests devour it!
That’s why we usually make a triple batch so that there’s plenty to go around. Since it’s such a favorite with friends and family, we plant to make the dish year round.
How to make a simple avocado and shrimp salad
There’s less than ten simple ingredients needed to make the salad. It’s a blend of shrimp, Cajun seasoning, avocado, lime juice, grape tomatoes, olive oil, cilantro, and salt/pepper.
And the preparation is so easy! Start by placing the shrimp on skewers, drizzle with olive oil, and season with cajun seasoning. Then cook on grill 2-3 minutes each side, until pink.
If you don’t have a grill or it’s too cold to be outside grilling, the shrimp can be stir fried or oven baked. Just cook until no longer pink.
While the shrimp is cooking, it’s a good time to prep the other ingredients. Jut mix together the chopped avocado, lime, grape tomatoes, and cilantro in a large mixing bowl (photos 1-3).
When the shrimp is cooked, stir it into the other ingredients (photos 4 & 5). Then serve the grilled Cajun shrimp and avocado salad on a large platter (photo 6).
Why make this grilled shrimp and avocado salad recipe?
There are so many reasons to love this easy to make grilled shrimp and avocado salad! So let’s mention a few of the reasons why it’s such a favorite.
First, the Cajun seasoning has a deeply rich smoky flavor that goes super well with the shrimp. And, you can easily take it up a notch with a spicy blend.
Next, the zest of lime juice lends a citrusy note to the whole salad and compliments the smoky Cajun flavor. And it adds just a touch of sweetness.
Finally, the fresh grape tomatoes and cilantro complete the salad with their natural juices and flavors.
This easy Grilled Cajun Shrimp and Avocado Salad also makes for a versatile meal. If you have more time on your hands, you can easily add on to this recipe and present it however you want it!
You can easily give this salad a sweet note by adding in some corn. Or add more natural protein with some chopped hard boiled eggs.
The salad’s nutritional value can easily be amped up by adding in some quinoa to give rich amounts of protein, dietary fiber, B vitamins, and dietary minerals.
You can serve this salad tossed up in a large bowl or have the ingredients layered for presentation. It’s also great to serve in homemade low carb gluten free tortillas or coconut flour tortillas to make this into a handy meal!
Another way to make a keto friendly meal is to use lettuce instead of tacos to hold the salad. You now have a delicious and healthy lettuce wrap!
Why not stuff the avocado halves with the salad? It’s both a visual and yummy treat!
If you’re not on low-carb, you can add swirly pasta to this salad. And the pasta is a budget friendly way to stretch out the salad for your guests.
Other Recipes to Try
We hope you enjoy this healthy salad as much as we do. And if you do give it a try, be sure to let us know what you think in the comment section below.
Looking for other recipes to try at home? Check out:
- Roasted Butternut Squash and Sausage Sheet Pan Meal
- Blue Crab Imperial Recipe – Gluten Free
- Spinach Tomato Avocado Omelette
- 1 pound shrimp, peeled and deveined
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 1/2 teaspoon cajun seasoning
- 1 small avocado, cut into chunks
- 3 teaspoon lime juice
- 3/4 cup grape tomatoes, halved
- 1 teaspoon cilantro, chopped
- salt & pepper to taste
- Place shrimp on skewers, drizzle with olive oil and season with cajun seasoning.
- Cook on grill 2-3 minutes each side, until pink.
- In a large bowl, mix avocado, lime, cherry tomatoes and cilantro, stir.
Make sure to properly peel and devein the shrimp before seasoning. This helps make digging into the salad a lot easier.
- Chopped hard boiled eggs
- Layer in a large clear bowl
- Serve in homemade low carb gluten free tortillas or lettuce leaves for taco style
- Stuff the salad into avocado halves.
- Add in some pasta to stretch the salad and make it more budget-friendly.
Amount Per Serving:Calories: 101 Cholesterol: 190mg Sodium: 588mg Carbohydrates: 1g Protein: 15g