August Recipe Series: Avocado Shrimp Salad

Published on: August 14, 2023

Servings: 4


For the Salad:

  • 1 pound large shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 2 ripe avocados, diced
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 small red onion, finely sliced
  • 1 cucumber, diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

For the Palm Oil Dressing:

  • 1/4 cup palm oil
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon honey or maple syrup (adjust to taste)
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • Salt and pepper, to taste


  1. Prepare the Shrimp:
    • Heat a skillet over medium-high heat. Add a drizzle of palm oil.
    • Season the shrimp with salt and pepper.
    • Sauté the shrimp for 2-3 minutes on each side or until they turn pink and opaque.
    • Remove from heat and set aside to cool.
  2. Make the Palm Oil Dressing:
    • In a small bowl, whisk together the palm oil, lime juice, honey or maple syrup, Dijon mustard, minced garlic, salt, and pepper. Adjust the sweetness and seasoning according to your taste.
  3. Assemble the Salad:
    • In a large salad bowl, combine the diced avocados, cherry tomatoes, red onion, cucumber, and red bell pepper.
    • Add the cooked and cooled shrimp to the bowl.
  4. Add Fresh Herbs:
    • Sprinkle the chopped cilantro and parsley over the salad.
  5. Drizzle with Dressing:
    • Give the palm oil dressing a good whisk, then drizzle it over the salad.
  6. Toss and Serve:
    • Gently toss all the ingredients together until everything is well coated with the dressing.
  7. Serve:
    • Divide the shrimp and avocado salad among serving plates.
    • Optionally, garnish with additional chopped herbs and a drizzle of palm oil.
  8. Enjoy:
    • Serve the shrimp avocado salad immediately as a refreshing and delicious appetizer or light meal.

Note: Palm oil has a distinctive flavor and is quite dense. The dressing may solidify slightly at lower temperatures, so you may need to let it come to room temperature or gently warm it before drizzling over the salad. Adjust the seasoning and ingredients according to your personal preferences.

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