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Lime Shrimp and Avocado Salad

Last week I was having some family members over for lunch and I wanted to make something really tasty. After looking on Pinterest I got a few ideas and came up with an incredible recipe that was a huge hit. Shrimp+ lime + avocado + red onion + grape tomatoes

(I forgot to photograph the finished product, so I had to snap one of the leftovers a few hrs later which is why it looks a bit soggy)

I made enough for about 5 people to have generous portions. I bought a pound of shrimp which I peeled, covered in olive oil, lime juice, salt and pepper, and grilled them on skewers. They only take about a minute on each side and you want to be careful not to overcook them or they get really chewy. The grilling gave the shrimp so much flavor, and I highly recommend you do the same if you recreate this. And actually, I grilled these the night before because we already had it on making dinner and I didn’t want to have to turn it on again the next day for just a few small skewers of shrimp. They tasted just as good the next day.

As for the salad mix, I used a bag of spring mixed greens and a bag of romaine lettuce. To the mix I slices up grape tomatoes, dices red onion, and chunks of avocado. I tossed it all with a new dressing I came across which I thought would be perfect to tie all these flavors together. Now I will admit that I am not a huge cilantro fan. I’m not one of those people who think it tastes like soap, but I just don’t love it. On it’s own, it was definitely cilantro, but I added the juice from about 1/4 of a lime which helped balance it out quite a bit.  With the other ingredients and that grilled shrimp this salad was incredible! So much flavor and it was cool and creamy while still feeling very light.

Side note- I bet this dressing mixed with avocado and red onion would make a kick ass guacamole. I’m gunna have to try that!

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