Cilantro Lime Shrimp Taco Salad

Cilantro Lime Shrimp Taco Salad is not only fun and flavorful, but also good for you! The base of the salad is made with lime massaged kale and cilantro and the salad is topped with cilantro lime garlic shrimp, corn, black beans, tomato, red onion, queso fresco, tortilla chips and finished off with a creamy cilantro lime avocado dressing.Β 

Cilantro Lime Shrimp Taco Salad

This one is for all my fellow cilantro lovers out there. With cilantro, it’s easy, you either love it or you think it tastes like soap? The more cilantro the better, in my opinion, and this Cilantro Lime Shrimp Taco Salad is loaded with it! It’s mixed in with the kale in the base of the salad, it’s in the shrimp marinade and a it’s a big component of the avocado dressing!

Cilantro Lime Avocado Dressing

Let’s Break It Down

 

Cilantro Lime Avocado Dressing

This creamy green goodness will serve as a topping/dressing for the salad. You also massage the kale with oil and lime juice so it’s sort of a secondary topping, like guacamole on your tacos. To make it, you combine avocado, cilantro, lime juice, salt and a little avocado oil in the food processor and process on high until it is smooth and creamy! PS. there is a whole cup of cilantro packed into that dressing πŸ™‚

 

Cilantro Lime Garlic Shrimp

The Cilantro Lime Garlic Shrimp are the stars of the salad. The key to good shrimp is making sure you do not over cook them, they cook very fast so just about 2 minutes on each side over medium heat will do the trick! We toss them in a cilantro lime garlic marinade and let them sit for just about 20 minutes right before cooking for the best flavor!

Cilantro Lime Shrimp Taco Salad

Why Massage Kale?

The base of this Cilantro Lime Shrimp Taco Salad is massaged kale and (you guessed it!) cilantro. Before adding the cilantro we will massage the kale with our clean hands for about a minute with some avocado oil and lime juice. Massaging the kale breaks it down making it softer and easier to eat, it also cuts down on the bitterness a bit, making the flavor of raw kale more appealing.

Cilantro Lime Shrimp Taco Salad

Taco Toppings!

We’ve got the salad base, our protein (the shrimp) and the dressing, now it’s time for ALL THE TOPPINGS:

corn

black beans

cherry tomatoes

red onion

queso fresco

tortilla chips

 

To Toss Or Not To Toss:

You have two options for serving this Cilantro Lime Shrimp Taco Salad – toss it all together in a big bowl and then serve it. Or divide up the kale/cilantro salad base and then top each individual salad with shrimp, all the toppings and a hearty dollop of the cilantro lime avocado dressing. There is no “best” way to serve it, it’s totally up to you and your preferences!

Cilantro Lime Shrimp Taco Salad

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Cilantro Lime Shrimp Taco Salad


  • Author: Sprinkles & Sea Salt
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 4 large salads 1x

Description

Cilantro Lime Shrimp Taco Salad is not only fun and flavorful, but also good for you! The base of the salad is made with lime massaged kale and cilantro and the salad is topped with cilantro lime garlic shrimp, corn, black beans, tomato, red onion, queso fresco, tortilla chips and finished off with a creamy cilantro lime avocado dressing.Β 


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Ingredients

Cilantro Lime Garlic Shrimp

1 pound shrimp, shelled and deveined

2 tbsp lime juice

4 tbsp avocado oil, divided

4 cloves garlic, crushed

1/2 tsp salt

1/4 tsp coriander

2 tbsp fresh cilantro, chopped

Cilantro Lime Avocado Dressing

1 large (or 2 small) avocado, peeled and pitted

1 cup fresh cilantro

2 tbsp lime juice

1/2 tsp salt

1 tbsp avocado oil

Cilantro Lime Shrimp Taco Salad

8 cups chopped kale

1 tbsp avocado oil

2 tbsp lime juice

2 cups chopped cilantro

1/2 tsp salt

2/3 cup corn (canned or fresh)

2/3 cup black beans, drained and dried

1/2 cup cherry tomatoes, sliced

1/4 cup red onion, sliced thin

4oz queso fresco, crumbled

1 cup tortilla chips, crushed

Cilantro Lime Garlic Shrimp

Cilantro Lime Avocado Dressing


Instructions

Cilantro Lime Garlic Shrimp

In a medium sized bowl toss shrimp with lime juice and 2 tbsp avocado oil

Add the garlic, salt and coriander, mix

Toss in the cilantro

Set aside to marinate for 15-20 minutes

After 15-20 minutes, heat 2 tbsp avocado oil in a large skillet over medium heat

Add the shrimp

Cook 2-3 minutes on each side until shrimp turn orange, do not over cook

Once cooked, remove from pan and set aside in a clean bowl

Cilantro Lime Avocado Dressing

Add the avocado, cilantro, lime juice and salt to the bowl of your food processor

Turn the food processor on high

Add the avocado oil

Continue to process on high until the dressing is smooth, it will be thick, set aside

Cilantro Lime Shrimp Taco Salad

Add the kale to a large bowl

Drizzle with the avocado oil and lime juice

Using clean hands, massage the kale with the oil and lime juice for about a minute until the kale becomes softer, it will reduce in size by about half

Add the cilantro and salt, toss gently

At this point you may add all the remaining ingredients to the salad and toss it all together then divide it into the bowls. Or you can split the kale and cilantro into 4 large salad bowls and top each with 1/4 of the remaining ingredients


Notes

All the components of the salad can be made in advance and stored separately in the refrigerator for 1-3 days.

  • Category: salad
  • Cuisine: Mexican

Keywords: #cilantrolime, #mexicantacosalad, #shrimptacosalad

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