Mexican Chopped Salad With Shrimp and Honey Lime Dressing

I’ve really been craving a nice summer salad recently and started browsing Pinterest for some inspiration.  I kept gravitating toward salads with shrimp and avocado.  And since my family loves Mexican food, I knew as soon as I saw this post from Dana at RealFood-RealFamily.com, my search was over.  I just love that my blogging friends love the same foods that I do!

Hi there!  My name is Dana Ewing.  I am a wife and a mom to two boys, ages 4 and 7.  Almost four years ago we started eliminating processed food and switched over to a {mostly} real food diet. You can find me blogging over at RealFood-RealFamily.com.  I share recipes, hints and tips, and glimpses into our adventures as a family with young kids trying to live a healthy lifestyle.

Today, I’m excited to share a new recipe with all of you!

Mexican Chopped Salad With Shrimp and Honey Lime Dressing

My husband took our boys out of town for a few days so I knew I wanted to take advantage of them being gone and make some recipes with some of my favorite foods that he doesn’t care for.  I decided to start off by making something with shrimp!  He is not a fan of most seafood and he definitely doesn’t like shrimp.  I happen to love shrimp and don’t make it very often so I was excited to use it as a starting point for a new recipe.

We don’t eat out very often, but when we do you will almost always find me ordering some sort of Southwest inspired salad.  I don’t think I’ve ever met one that I haven’t loved.  For this recipe I’m combining some of my favorite southwest salad elements into a light and flavorful homemade version with shrimp as the star of the show.

I started with the usual suspects: lettuce, avocado, tomato, pepper, red onion, and cilantro.  To those I added Cotija cheese, my favorite Mexican cheese.   Then I topped it with sautéed shrimp.  It turned out to be a tasty alternative to the chicken that is often used in these types of salads.

Many Mexican inspired salads are topped with creamy (and heavy) dressings.  Not this one!  For this salad I mixed up a light honey lime dressing that adds so much flavor.  This light and flavorful salad is perfect for warm summer evenings.

Mexican Chopped Salad With Shrimp and Honey Lime Dressing

Ingredients

Salad Ingredients:

7 cups chopped Romaine lettuce
1 small avocado, diced
1/3 cup diced tomato
1/2 cup diced pepper (red, orange, or yellow)
1/3 cup freshly grated Cotija cheese (any Mexican cheese can be substituted)
1/4 cup diced red onion
1/4 cup packed cilantro, chopped
1/2 pound sauteed shrimp (see directions below)
honey lime dressing (see directions below)

Shrimp Ingredients

1 T lime juice
1 tsp chili powder
1/2 tsp cumin
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 pound raw shrimp, peeled and deveined
1 clove garlic
2 tsp oil (I used avocado oil but you can use olive oil as well)

Dressing Ingredients:

2 T fresh lime juice
1/2 T honey
2 T olive oil
1/4 tsp cumin
1/4 tsp salt
1/8 tsp garlic powder

Instructions

Marinate the shrimp by mixing the lime juice, chili powder, cumin and salt in a small bowl.
Place the shrimp in a shallow dish and drizzle with the lime mixture.
Set aside.
To make the dressing, add the lime juice, honey, olive oil, cumin, salt and garlic powder to a small bowl.
Use a small whisk to mix well.
Prepare the salad by placing the lettuce, avocado, tomato, pepper, cheese, red onion, and cilantro in a large bowl.
To cook the shrimp, warm the oil in a skillet over medium heat.
Add the garlic and sauté one minute, until fragrant. Add the shrimp and sauté until pink, about 5 minutes.
Add the shrimp and dressing to the salad mixture and toss.
Serves 2

Check out some of my other favorite chopped salads from the blog:

Rainbow Chopped Salad with Honey Line Dressing

Superfood Spinach Salad

Kale Salad with warm Maple Bacon Vinaigrette

For more healthy recipes come visit me over at RealFood-RealFamily.com!

What are your favorite salad ingredients?  Tell me in the comments below!

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