Chili Lime Shrimp Salad

Chili Lime Shrimp Salad

Introduction:
Experience a burst of bold flavors with this refreshing Chili Lime Shrimp Salad. Succulent shrimp marinated in zesty chili lime seasoning are paired with crisp greens, juicy tomatoes, creamy avocado, and tangy lime dressing. This vibrant salad is not only delicious but also light, healthy, and perfect for any occasion.

Ingredients:

For the Chili Lime Shrimp:

  • 1 lb large shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Juice of 1 lime

For the Salad:

  • 6 cups mixed salad greens (such as baby spinach, arugula, and romaine)
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 large avocado, diced
  • 1/4 cup red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro leaves, chopped
  • Lime wedges, for serving

For the Lime Dressing:

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon honey or maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Instructions:

  1. Marinate the Shrimp:
  • In a large bowl, combine olive oil, minced garlic, chili powder, paprika, cumin, cayenne pepper (if using), salt, pepper, and lime juice.
  • Add the shrimp to the marinade and toss to coat evenly. Cover and refrigerate for at least 15 minutes, or up to 1 hour.
  1. Cook the Shrimp:
  • Heat a grill pan or skillet over medium-high heat. Add the marinated shrimp in a single layer and cook for 2-3 minutes per side, or until pink and opaque. Remove from heat and set aside.
  1. Prepare the Salad:
  • In a large salad bowl, combine the mixed greens, cherry tomatoes, diced avocado, thinly sliced red onion, and chopped cilantro.
  1. Make the Lime Dressing:
  • In a small bowl, whisk together olive oil, lime juice, honey or maple syrup, Dijon mustard, salt, and pepper until well combined.
  1. Assemble the Salad:
  • Drizzle the lime dressing over the salad ingredients and toss gently to coat.
  1. Add the Shrimp:
  • Arrange the cooked chili lime shrimp on top of the salad.
  1. Serve:
  • Serve the Chili Lime Shrimp Salad immediately, garnished with lime wedges.

Tips:

  • If you prefer, you can grill the shrimp on an outdoor grill instead of using a grill pan or skillet.
  • For extra heat, add more cayenne pepper to the shrimp marinade.
  • Customize the salad by adding your favorite ingredients such as black beans, corn, or diced bell peppers.

Description:
This Chili Lime Shrimp Salad is a tantalizing mix of vibrant colors, bold flavors, and nutritious ingredients. The succulent shrimp marinated in zesty chili lime seasoning pairs perfectly with the crisp greens, juicy tomatoes, creamy avocado, and tangy lime dressing. With each bite, you’ll experience a burst of freshness and zest that will leave you craving more. Whether served as a light lunch or a refreshing dinner, this salad is sure to impress.

Nutritional Information:
(Serving Size: 1/4 of the recipe)

  • Calories: 320 kcal
  • Total Fat: 20g
  • Saturated Fat: 3g
  • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Cholesterol: 200mg
  • Sodium: 380mg
  • Total Carbohydrates: 17g
  • Dietary Fiber: 6g
  • Sugars: 7g
  • Protein: 25g

(Note: Nutritional information is approximate and may vary depending on specific ingredients and serving size.)

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