Spinach Salad with Shrimp
This Spinach Salad with Shrimp also has mushrooms, red pepper strips, and a tasty dressing that adds interesting Asian flavor notes. It’s easy and delicious, and this is perfect for a low-carb summer meal.
I’m someone who loves spinach salad, and this Spinach Salad with Shrimp is a recipe I made many years ago and earlier this summer I took new photos to see if I could entice you to try it! This is a tasty main dish salad that’s good any time the weather is warm and you don’t really want to cook. And this is a good way to use up those big tubs of spinach from Costco!
The salad is so easy to make that I didn’t even bother with step-by-step photos! I started with frozen cooked shrimp, thawed overnight in the fridge, and then just drained the shrimp well and patted dry with paper towels. I also used pre-sliced mushrooms to make it even easier. It only takes a few minutes to slice up the red pepper strips, slice green onions, and whisk together the Asian-inspired dressing, and before you know it you’re enjoying this delicious spinach salad for a light dinner! And salad days are winding down but I think this is perfect for a summer-into-fall meal.
What ingredients do you need for this recipe?
- baby spinach
- frozen cooked shrimp, thawed
- red bell pepper
- sliced mushrooms
- green onions
- Peanut Oil (affiliate link) (see notes)
- Unseasoned Rice Vinegar (affiliate link)
- Soy Sauce or Gluten-Free Soy Sauce (affiliate link)
- Golden Monkfruit Sweetener (affiliate link)
- sesame oil (affiliate link)
- ginger puree or Minced Ginger (affiliate link)
What size shrimp did I use?
In the U. S. shrimp is sold with a number range that indicates how many individual shrimp make a pound. For this recipe I used 51-60 size frozen shrimp from Costco, thawed overnight in the refrigerator.
What makes this a healthy salad option?
I loved it when I realized that spinach, shrimp, bell peppers, and mushrooms are all recommended as being among The World’s Healthiest Foods! But if you don’t have all those ingredients you can certainly make a tasty spinach salad just using this delicious Asian dressing and the ingredients you have on hand.
More Salads with Asian Flavors:
- 12 oz. fresh baby spinach, washed (see notes)
- 1 lb. frozen cooked shrimp, thawed (see notes)
- 1 red bell pepper, cut in strips
- 8 oz. sliced mushrooms
- 1/2 cup sliced green onions
- 1/2 cup peanut oil (see notes)
- 1/3 cup unseasoned rice vinegar
- 2 T soy sauce (Use gluten-free soy-sauce if needed)
- 1 tsp. Golden Monkfruit Sweetener (see notes)
- 2 tsp. sesame oil
- 1 tsp. ginger puree or minced ginger
- Thaw shrimp in the refrigerator overnight.
- Dump shrimp into a colander placed in the sink and drain well, then dry with paper towels.
- Wash spinach if needed, and spin dry or dry with paper towels.
- Cut red bell pepper into strips about 1/4 inch wide, then cut those strips into 2" pieces.
- Cut mushrooms into thick slices (or buy pre-sliced mushrooms like I did!)
- Slice green onions.
- Whisk together dressing ingredients. Taste for sweetness, and add a little more sweetener if desired.
- Put spinach into large bowl and toss with enough dressing to moisten the spinach to your preference.
- Put shrimp, red peppers, mushrooms, and green onions into another bowl and toss with about a little more dressing. (You will have some dressing left.)
- Arrange spinach on large salad plates and top with shrimp and vegetable mixture.
- Drizzle over a little more dressing if desired, and serve immediately.
You can use even more spinach if you prefer. I used 51-60 per pound size shrimp. Use any neutral-flavored oil of your choice. Use Gluten-Free Soy Sauce (affiliate link) if needed. I used Golden Monkfruit Sweetener (affiliate link) for this recipe, but use any no-calorie sweetener of your choice.
This recipe created by Kalyn many years ago when she was obsessed with spinach salads!
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 451Total Fat: 32gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 24gCholesterol: 239mgSodium: 1585mgCarbohydrates: 12gFiber: 4gSugar: 4gProtein: 31g
Nutrition information is automatically calculated by the Recipe Plug-In I am using. I am not a nutritionist and cannot guarantee 100% accuracy, since many variables affect those calculations.
South Beach Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / Low-Carb Diet Suggestions:
If made with Golden Monkfruit Sweetener or another low-carb sweetener, this Spinach Salad with Shrimp is a perfect main course salad for low-carb or low-glycemic diets, or for any phase of the original South Beach Diet.
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Historical Notes for this Recipe:
This recipe was first posted in 2007! It was updated with better photos in 2019 and was updated with more information in 2021.