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This shrimp avocado salad is a lovely marriage of textures – from crunchy romaine lettuce and cucumbers, to creamy avocado and a dill Greek yogurt dressing! Nutrient dense (it’s PACKED with protein and healthy fats), this salad is filling and can be enjoyed as a main meal or served as a refreshing side.

Shrimp avocado salad with yogurt dill dressing on a large plate.

A couple summers ago I shared this sweet + spicy, mango shrimp avocado salad. It was DELISH and proved just how perfect of a combination shrimp and avocado were together. There’s something about that juicy pop of shrimp with a bite of smooth avocado that just works wonderfully!

This version of a shrimp avocado salad is slightly different, yet equally as delicious. A little more refreshing, it’s paired with crunchy cucumbers and romaine, as well as a mint and dill greek yogurt dressing. Fresh garlic and a bit of cumin (don’t skip it!!) added just the perfect punch to the dressing, beautifully tying all the flavours together.

As a dietitian, I love that this salad is filled with nutrition benefits – from the protein-packed shrimp and greek yogurt, to the healthy fats and fiber of the avocado. These qualities make it a filling enough option to eat as a main dish (entrée) salad, too 🙂

If you enjoy this shrimp and avocado salad, you may also love my 10-minute tuna cucumber and avocado salad (a longtime favourite meal of mine) or this apple cucumber salad with a mint yogurt dressing!

Here’s a look at what you’ll need to make this recipe:

Recipe ingredients in small bowls.

Please note that these pictures are meant to provide a helpful visual overview of the recipe. Full ingredient measurements and detailed instructions are located in the printable recipe card at the bottom of this post!

Visual guide: how to make shrimp avocado salad

Tossing shrimp in olive oil.

STEP 1: Start by tossing shrimp in olive oil, salt, and pepper. Be sure to thaw the shrimp first, if using frozen ones.

Shrimp cooked on pan.

STEP 2: Cook the shrimp in a pan, 1-2 minutes per side until opaque and pink. It’s best to leave a bit of space between each shrimp, so you will likely need to work in a couple batches here!

Chopping a heart of romaine lettuce.

STEP 3: Next, chop up a whole heart of romaine lettuce.

Chopping Persian cucumbers.

STEP 4: Then, chop your cucumbers! I personally like using mini or Persian cucumbers here – I find them to be extra crunchy.

Dressing ingredients in a food processor.

STEP 5: To a food processor, add all of the salad dressing ingredients, including: greek yogurt, olive oil, lemon juice, vinegar, garlic, honey, mint, dill, cumin, water, salt, and pepper.

Dill yogurt dressing blended in a food processor.

STEP 6: Blend everything up until a creamy dressing forms!

Shrimp avocado salad with yogurt dill dressing on a large plate.

STEP 7: Plate all your ingredients, using the romaine lettuce as the base and finishing with the yogurt dressing.

Shrimp avocado salad tossed in creamy yogurt dressing.

STEP 8: Toss everything together, so that the creamy dressing coats every bite!

My go-to food processor (for the dressing)

No food processor? No problem! You can make the salad dressing by hand, too:

  • finely chop the herbs (dill + mint)
  • finely mince the garlic cloves (or use garlic powder)
  • combine everything in a bowl and stir together well!

It might be a little more textured than with a food processor, but the flavours will still be there 🙂

Recipe nutrition benefits

  1. Shrimp is an excellent source of high-quality protein, providing 18 grams of protein in a standard 3-ounce or 85-gram serving size. In addition, shrimp is also rich in micronutrients like selenium, vitamin B12, niacin, and zinc.
  2. Avocados are incredible sources of both heart-healthy fats and dietary fiber. They’re also rich in vitamins C, B6, E, and K.
  3. Cucumbers are super hydrating, made up of 96% water! They’re also a source of fiber, antioxidants, and micronutrients like vitamin K, vitamin C, potassium, and magnesium.
  4. Greek yogurt is a great source of protein, gut-friendly probiotic bacteria, and micronutrients like calcium, potassium, vitamin A and B12.
Close up of shrimp avocado salad with yogurt dill dressing.

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This shrimp avocado salad is a lovely marriage of textures – from crunchy romaine lettuce and cucumbers, to creamy avocado and a dill yogurt dressing! Nutrient dense (it's PACKED with protein and healthy fats), this salad is filling and can be enjoyed as a main meal or served as a refreshing side.
Shrimp avocado salad with yogurt dill dressing on a large plate.
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Ingredients

  • 1 pound large shrimp (thawed, tails + shells removed)
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil (for cooking shrimp)
  • 1 heart romaine lettuce, chopped
  • 2 Persian or mini cucumbers, chopped (or about 3/4 of an English cucumber)
  • 1 medium-large avocado, peeled + cubed (ripe)
  • Salt + pepper, to taste

Yogurt Dressing:

  • 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 a lemon, juice only (about 2 Tbsp)
  • 1/2 tsp white wine vinegar (or apple cider vinegar)
  • 1-2 cloves garlic (depending on how garlicky you like things!)
  • 1/2 tsp honey
  • 1/2 tsp cumin (don't skip!!)
  • 2 Tbsp fresh mint
  • 1/4 cup fresh dill
  • 1 Tbsp water (to thin)
  • Salt + pepper, to taste

Instructions

  • Cook shrimp: Toss shrimp in 1 Tbsp olive oil, salt, and pepper, until well-coated. Heat a large pan over medium-high, then cook shrimp 1-2 minutes per side, until pink and opaque. Work in batches, setting cooked shrimp aside in a clean bowl.
  • Make salad dressing: Add all dressing ingredients into a food processor. Blend to combine, adjusting seasonings to taste.
  • Plate salad: Plate salad ingredients, starting with chopped romaine (as the base), chopped cucumbers, cooked shrimp, and cubed avocado.
    TIP: If you'd like to add some extra sprigs of dill or mint leaves, they are a nice visual touch!
  • Toss in dressing: Pour dressing overtop and toss to combine well. Adjust seasonings to taste, then serve immediately.

Notes

*SERVINGS: The recipe as written will serve about 4-6 people as a side salad, or 2-3 people as a main dish. Nutrition facts are calculated based on 4 servings.
*LEFTOVERS & MAKE AHEAD:
  • While best enjoyed fresh, leftovers will keep for about 1 day in the fridge.
  • To make ahead, prepare all the ingredients as indicated (chop romaine/cucumbers, make dressing, and cook shrimp). Store separately in the fridge. When ready to serve, add freshly sliced avocado and then combine everything in the salad dressing!
 
*NO FOOD PROCESSOR? You can make the dressing by hand instead. It might be a little more textured (i.e. not as smooth), but the flavours will still be there:
  • very finely chop the herbs (dill + mint)
  • finely mince the garlic cloves (or use garlic powder)
  • combine everything in a bowl and stir together well!
Calories: 340kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 20g | Fat: 26g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 144mg | Sodium: 659mg | Potassium: 496mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 666IU | Vitamin C: 10mg | Calcium: 117mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition

As a dietitian, I create recipes with whole food ingredients that provide the nutrients needed for optimal health. My nutrition philosophy does not focus on numbers; however, I understand that this information can be helpful.

Do note that the nutrition info provided is an estimate and I cannot guarantee correctness of the displayed values. These numbers will differ depending on brands used, recipe modifications, and amount eaten. If you require specific nutrition information due to medical reasons, please consult with your dietitian or physician.

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