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Shrimp, Avocado, and Red Pepper Salad

This Shrimp, Avocado, and Red Pepper Salad is a delicious option for an easy low-carb meal, and this recipe is also Keto, low-glycemic, gluten-free, and dairy-free. Use Salad Recipes to find more recipes like this one.

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A few days ago I posted 90 Healthy No-Heat Lunches for Taking to Work, and I don’t think I even included this favorite Shrimp, Avocado, and Red Pepper Salad from back in 2007, but this would make a great take-to-work salad, especially if you kept the avocado separate and mixed it in just before you eat.

Fresh shrimp is pretty much impossible to find in Utah, but I love to make salads like this with frozen, cooked shrimp that’s been thawed overnight in the fridge. Then I use a little of the shrimp “juice” from the frozen shrimp to add more flavor to the dressing for the salad, a a trick I also like for adding flavor to my family’s favorite shrimp and macaroni salad. This is a quick salad that looks relatively fancy for the little time it takes to make, and I’ve made it many times since I first came up with the recipe.

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Thaw the shrimp overnight in the fridge; then let them drain well, with a bowl under the colander to catch the “juice.”  I used 50-70 size frozen shrimp from Costco. Cut the red bell pepper and celery in same-size pieces, slice green onions, and whisk together the dressing ingredients. Dice the avocados and toss with lemon juice to keep them from turning brown.  Season with salt if desired. Gently stir the red pepper, celery, and green onions into the diced avocado.

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In a small bowl, stir the dressing into the shrimp, tossing until every piece of shrimp is coated with dressing. Then gently stir the shrimp and any extra dressing from the bowl into the mixture of avocado, red pepper, celery, and green onions, just mixing until it’s combined.  Season with salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste and serve.  (If you’re making the salad to keep in the fridge, I might save out the avocado and mix it in just before eating.)

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More Tasty Salad Recipes with Shrimp:

Shrimp and Avocado Salad from Simply Recipes
Shrimp and Avocado Salad with Edamame, Cilantro, Chipotle, and Lime from Kalyn’s Kitchen
Salad Cups with Quinoa, Shrimp, Avocado, and Lemon Dressing from Cookin’ Canuck
Shrimp and Macaroni Salad from Kalyn’s Kitchen
Barefoot Contessa Shrimp Salad from Leite’s Culinaria

Shrimp, Avocado, and Red Pepper Salad

This Shrimp, Avocado, and Red Pepper Salad is a delicious option for an easy, tasty lunch or dinner.



  • 1 lb frozen cooked shrimp, (50-70 per pound) (see instructions after the recipe if using raw shrimp)
  • 1 cup celery, diced in 1/2 inch pieces
  • 1 cup red bell pepper, diced in 1/2 inch pieces
  • 1/2 cup sliced green onion
  • 2 avocados, diced in 1/2 inch pieces
  • 1 T fresh lemon juice, to toss with avocado
  • 1/2 tsp. salt for avocado (optional)

Dressing Ingredients

  • 5 T mayo (or use light mayo if you prefer)
  • 2 T reserved shrimp juice from thawing shrimp
  • 1/2 tsp. Ancho chili powder
  • 1 tsp. dill weed


  1. Thaw shrimp overnight in refrigerator.
  2. When ready to make the salad, place shrimp in colander placed over a bowl to catch juice.
  3. Drain shrimp well.
  4. Cut the red bell pepper and celery into 1/2 inch pieces and slice the green onions.
  5. Combine mayo, 2 T shrimp juice, chili powder and dill weed with whisk and set aside.
  6. Dice avocado into 1/2 inch square pieces.
  7. Toss with lemon juice and salt and place in salad bowl.
  8. Add the diced red pepper, celery, and green onion and gently combine.
  9. Place shrimp in separate bowl, add mixed salad dressing, and stir to coat all shrimp with dressing.
  10. Add shrimp and dressing to bowl with shrimp mixture, and gently combine.
  11. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper if desired and serve immediately.


Instructions for raw shrimp:
Shell and devein shrimp. Put 1 1/2 cup water in saucepan, add 1 bay leaf, 1 tsp. peppercorns, and several slices lemon. Bring to a boil, then add shrimp and turn off heat immediately. Let shrimp poach until opaque, less than five minutes. Remove shrimp and cool. (This method will not give you the shrimp juice which adds flavor to the dressing. Knorr makes shrimp bouillon, which could be used, or bottled clam juice would be a good substitute. You could also boil the shrimp shells and then reduce the liquid, which is a bit more labor intensive.)

I used chili powder from Penzeys, other types of chili powder could be substituted.

Recipe created by Kalyn.

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Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
Everything in this Shrimp, Avocado, and Red Pepper Salad is a good choice for all phases of the South Beach Diet and other types of low-carb eating plans. Use portion control for South Beach due to the amount of fat.

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    25 Comments on “Shrimp, Avocado, and Red Pepper Salad”

  1. Thanks Jeanette. I do think it makes a big difference in the flavor.

  2. I love your idea of using a little shrimp juice in the dressing for added flavor!

  3. So glad people are enjoying the updated version of this. I agree with Lydia that the original photo was not too inspiring so I'm happy it got updated!

  4. I love the photo flashbacks. This is one instance where the photo from the original post didn't tempt me to make the salad, but the updated photos bring out all of the gorgeous colors and make me want to make this for lunch, today! Fresh shrimp are impossible to come by here in New England, too, so I always have a bag of good quality frozen shrimp on hand.

  5. looks great! I love anything with shrimp and avocado!

  6. So many of my favorites are in this salad, Kalyn. I'm imagining just how wonderful this salad must be. 🙂 Must pick up some shrimp and avocados right away!


  7. Thanks Kathy, hope you enjoy it!

  8. This sounds pretty terrific to me! I bring a lunch twice a week now to eat with my son after preschool – this will be going in mommy's lunch box soon!

  9. My husband and I loved it1 Thanks for posting!

  10. Thank you so much for all your posts. Your blog has been my number 1 resource for learning to cook and eat healthy. So thank you!!!

    I haven’t made this one yet, but I love shrimp and avocado, so I’m excited about it. Thanks also for the info on shrimp sizing. I didn’t know that!

  11. Wonderful looking salad Kalyn.

    I am thinking of trying South Beach, but not sure if it would be hard for me since I am used to weight watchers.

    Something I’ll have to think on a bit.

  12. Anjali, you’re so welcome. It was so touching to see your Grand Aunt’s kitchen.

    Emily, thanks! I agree this is a great combination.

  13. Oh, yum. What’s not to love in this recipe?

  14. Kalyn the pics are lovely. Thanks for your kind word on blogher.

  15. Sher, fresh shrimp, what a luxury.

    Alanna, yes, it is so winter here. The high today was about 15. Maybe that’s why I wanted this.

    Burcu, Yumm is right. I love shrimp in any form.

    Bill, I agree. Any time is shrimp salad time.

  16. Wow…that would be great at any time of the year for me!

  17. avocado and shrimp, yumm

  18. OH I want some of this NOW! Including the elusive avocadoes … isn’t it winter in Utah? this has a great summer feel to me.

  19. Wonderful! I love shrimp and had an uncle who had a shrimp boat, so we did have fresh shrimp. But, for most people frozen shrimp is what they will get. It’s what I have to use too. Somehow, I sensed there was avocado in there! :):) I love it.