This Keto Shrimp and Avocado Salad has a creamy dressing, ripe avocado and crunchy celery for a delicious low-carb lunch or dinner. And you can make it in just 15 minutes!
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FOR SHRIMP SALAD
▢1.5 lb (680g) raw shrimp, peeled and deveined
▢2 tbsp (28g) butter
▢Sea salt and Freshly ground black pepper
▢1/2 small red onion – finely chopped
▢2 ripe but firm avocados – pitted and chopped
▢2 stalks celery – finely chopped
▢2 tbsp (6g) freshly chopped dill
▢1 cup (240g) mayonnaise
▢1/2 tsp chili powder
▢1 tbsp (15g) dijon mustard
▢Juice and zest of 1 large lemon
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Why This Recipe Works
This crunchy and fresh keto shrimp salad recipe is a 15-minute lunch or dinner that everyone loves, whether they’re keto or not! If you like my Keto Bacon Wrapped Shrimp, you’ll love this new keto shrimp recipe too!
The shrimp is lightly seared in under 4 minutes on the stove.
The recipe is low-carb and keto-friendly, but easy to mix up with your favorite ingredients and salad toppings. You can even swap the shrimp for another protein like Grilled Chicken.
You can make a dairy-free version of this shrimp and avocado salad simply by using vegan mayo. It’s already gluten-free!
This is a great recipe for meal prep. The salad is delicious cold and you can keep it in the fridge for up to 3 days. Enjoy it with my Keto Bread for a satisfying lunch.
This salad is very forgiving. You can make any of the following swaps, and your salad will be just as delicious and healthy:
Replace the shrimp with salmon. Sear the salmon in the skillet with melted butter until flaky. Allow it to cool for a bit, the flake and add it to the salad.
Swap the shrimp with crab meat. You can find canned crab meat, which doesn’t need to be cooked, to make the salad even quicker.
Replace the celery with chopped cucumber. It’ll still be fresh but with a different twist.
Substitute the red onion with scallions, shallot or sweet onion for a less sharp flavor
What to serve with keto shrimp salad?
This dish is great with smashed or skillet-fried potatoes. To keep the meal keto, serve with roasted cauliflower steaks or baked cauliflower wings.
Can I add any ingredients to the salad?
Of course! You can easily mix in your favorite salad ingredients. I love:
Greens like spinach, lettuce, kale, arugula, or a mix. Toss them with the creamy shrimp salad after you’ve dressed it.
Fruits like apple or mango. Peel and dice a small apple or mango (preferably a tart one), and toss it with the dressed salad.
Asparagus: chop fresh asparagus and sauté it with the shrimp.
Bacon: cook bacon until crispy and crumble it over the salad.
Pasta like macaroni, orzo or couscous. Cook the pasta according to the package directions. Allow pasta to cool, then add it to the salad.
Grains like quinoa. Cook the grains according to package directions, cool, fluff, and add to the salad.
Beans like cannellini or black beans. Simply drain and rinse the beans well, then add it to the salad for more protein.
How to make this shrimp and avocado salad spicy?
For a kick, add cayenne pepper to the salad dressing to taste. You can also add a few drops of tabasco sauce.
How to make this easy shrimp salad recipe with grilled shrimp?
Thread the raw shrimp onto skewers and coat them with melted butter or oil. Grill the skewers on a hot grill for 1-2 minutes per side, or until lightly charred and pink.
How to make the salad with cold shrimp
Using cold or precooked shrimp makes this recipe faster. But when you cook the shrimp in butter, it adds flavor and extra fat for those on a keto diet. You can also always add an extra drizzle of olive oil to make up for that. Or, if you’re not on keto, you can certainly use cold shrimp. If you like, roughly chop the shrimp and toss with the rest of the ingredients.
Here are a few key tips to keep in mind when making this avocado shrimp salad:
A heavy bottom pan or skillet will nicely sear the shrimp and get them golden. I like to use a cast iron skillet, which maintains heat well.
The cooking temperature should be a medium-high. If the butter starts to brown, then lower the heat to a medium.
Don’t overcook the shrimp! Shrimp is ready when it’s fully pink and opaque. It usually takes around 3-4 minutes of cooking.
If the raw onion flavor seems to much for you, then you can add it to the shrimp and sauté them together.
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