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Winter Shrimp Salad

This Winter Shrimp Salad contains shrimp, avocado, and orange sections on a bed of butter lettuce topped with a tangy citrus dressing.

Are you suffering from the winter doldrums? It’s that time of year when the holidays are over, all the decorations are put away, and there’s nothing going on for the next few months but cold, snow, cold, ice, cold, and more cold. Well, here’s a bright and refreshing Winter Shrimp Salad that will chase those winter blues right away!

This winter shrimp salad recipe contains shrimp, avocado and orange sections on a bed of butter lettuce topped with a tangy citrus dressing. https://www.lanascooking.com/winter-shrimp-salad

If you’ve been reading my posts for a while, you’ve probably figured out that I love shrimp. Just adore them. Never met one I didn’t like – fried, boiled, etouffeed, a la creole – if it’s shrimp, I like it. And did you know that they’re very low in fat? That’s right. A naturally low-fat protein.

When I started to make lunch yesterday, I just felt like I wanted something light. Something refreshing and crisp even though it’s cold outside, and there’s the possibility of snow on the way for the weekend.

So, I started looking around for the components of a great salad. But I didn’t want just any old salad. It had to be different and special. I already had some shrimp thawed out, and there was a perfectly ripe avocado in the fruit bowl along with a few oranges, and it all came together to make this delightful salad.

I started with a bed of butter lettuce leaves, but you can use any kind you like. Mixed greens would probably be very good. On top of the lettuce, I put the navel orange sections, bite sized chunks of avocado, and perfectly boiled shrimp. Then I topped it all with a citrusy dressing. It was just what I wanted!

🔪 How to Make Winter Shrimp Salad

Shrimp boiling in a saucepan (left); cooked, shelled shrimp (right).

I like to boil shrimp in the shell. I think they have much more flavor that way, and they’re easier to peel after they’re cooked.

So, start by bringing a small pot of salted water to the boil. Add the shrimp and cook them just until they turn pink. Don’t overcook the shrimp!

The worst thing you can do to a shrimp is to overcook it. Overcooked shrimp have all the texture of a pencil eraser. Just remember – when it turns pink, it’s done – no more than three minutes.

Remove the shrimp from the boiling water and place them in a small bowl with a little ice. When they’re cool, remove and discard the shells. Set the shrimp aside until needed.

Orange sections in a bowl.

Peel and section the oranges over a bowl, being sure to catch the juices as you work. Peel the avocado and slice or break it into bite-sized pieces.

Assemble the Salad

Collage of photos showing how to assemble the salad.

Place the lettuce on a plate. Using a slotted spoon, remove the orange sections leaving the juice in the bowl. Place the orange sections and avocado on top of the lettuce. Arrange the shrimp on top.

Make the Dressing

Photo collage showing how to make the dressing.

Using the orange juice remaining in the bowl (you should have about 2 to 3 tablespoons of juice), add the olive oil while whisking to blend.

Add the sugar (I actually used Splenda) and whisk until dissolved. Add the cilantro and stir together until well blended. Pour the dressing over the salad. Add salt and pepper if desired.

Makes 2 servings.

Lana Stuart.

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This winter shrimp salad recipe contains shrimp, avocado and orange sections on a bed of butter lettuce topped with a tangy citrus dressing. https://www.lanascooking.com/winter-shrimp-salad

Winter Shrimp Salad

A lovely salad of citrus, avocado and shrimp. Perfect for any time of year, but especially welcome during the cold winter months.
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Course: Salads
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 2 servings
Calories: 723kcal
Author: Lana Stuart

Ingredients

  • ½ pound medium shrimp shells on
  • 3 medium navel oranges
  • 1 ripe Haas avocado
  • 4 cups torn lettuce leaves
  • 3 tablespoons orange juice
  • 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons tblsp. finely chopped cilantro
  • salt and pepper

Instructions

  • Bring a small pot of salted water to the boil.Add the shrimp and cook just until they turn pink.
  • Remove shrimp from water and place in a small bowl with ice.
  • When cooled, remove and discard the shells. Set the shrimp aside until needed.
  • Peel and section the oranges over a bowl so that the juices are caught in the bowl with the orange sections.
  • Peel the avocado and slice or break into bite-sized pieces.

Assemble the salad:

  • Place the lettuce on a plate. Using a slotted spoon, remove the orange sections leaving the juice in the bowl. Place the orange sections and avocado on top of the lettuce. Arrange the shrimp on top.

Make the dressing:

  • Using the orange juice remaining in the bowl (you should have about 2 to 3 tablespoons of juice), add the olive oil while whisking to blend. Add the sugar (or Splenda) and whisk until dissolved. Add the cilantro and stir together until well blended. Pour the dressing over the salad. Add salt and pepper if desired.

Notes

Nutrition Information

Serving 1 | Calories 723kcal | Carbohydrates 56g | Protein 32g | Fat 45g | Saturated Fat 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat 6g | Monounsaturated Fat 30g | Cholesterol 286mg | Sodium 1024mg | Potassium 1898mg | Fiber 16g | Sugar 29g | Vitamin A 35777IU | Vitamin C 237mg | Calcium 441mg | Iron 8mg

Nutrition information is calculated by software based on the ingredients in each recipe. It is an estimate only and is provided for informational purposes. You should consult your healthcare provider or a registered dietitian if precise nutrition calculations are needed for health reasons.

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25 Comments

  1. Cajunville says:

    Saw this on Pintrest and had to check it out. Sounds wonderful and we will try it next week!

    1. Hope you enjoy it. It’s definitely a favorite of mine!

  2. Nancy@acommunaltable says:

    I am a shrimp lover as well and I can definitely relate to craving something lighter in winter!!

  3. Cookin' Canuck says:

    Beautiful, Lana. This is a little bit of light and brightness amidst our gray, windy days. I can never resist shrimp either.

  4. Wendy (The Local Cook) says:

    Thank you so much for linking this to the salad roundup – it looks spectacular! Perfect for brightening winter.

  5. Looks very tasty, and with all of that shrimp, it’s a meal on its own. Nice.

  6. Wow, this looks truly scrumptious.

  7. Very nice, i am a huge shrimp fan and this is a great salad. I love adding grapefruit juice as dressing so this is right up my alley.

    1. Yes, I think a sweet red grapefruit would go really well in this recipe. Great idea!

  8. Karen Zachary says:

    Omg, it’s official: you’re my cooking soulmate. This would be delish!! I make a similar thing with crab meat and grapefruit. Also, pistachios…yum!

    Thanks!!

    1. Ha ha! Cooking soulmates – that’s pretty good! Your version with crab meat and grapefruit sounds pretty delicious!

  9. I love shrimps. This is good all year round!

  10. Kalynskitchen says:

    Looks good to me! I would enjoy this any time of year. Thanks for the mention.

    1. You’re so welcome, Kalyn. Your recipe looks delicious!

  11. I think this is just what I want too… nothing better than fresh shrimp – you are so right about cooking shrimp with the shells on, I do it with heads too just to get that extra good flavor… this is one salad I will like anytime of the year…

    1. I wish we could get them with the heads on here, but I guess we’re too far away from the coast to get anything but the frozen ones. I keep looking for them, anyway!

  12. Bored Cook says:

    I love shrimp, too and this looks delish. The picture alone makes me want to grab a fork and dig right in.

    1. Thanks, Pam. And that’s exactly what I did as soon as I finished taking pictures – grabbed a fork and dug right in!

  13. Yes, that looks lovely and sounds delicious. I was watching an episode of Julia Child and Jacques Pepin on PBS today, as they were making an array of salads. They all looked so good.

    1. I know that episode, Rocquie! And, yes, all their salads look delicious. I just love watching Julia and Jacques – a cook and a chef who really, really know/knew what they’re doing!

  14. Barbara @moderncomfortfood says:

    Shrimp are always special, but I totally with you on their post-holiday appeal. This recipe is tailor made for me. Our Florida white shrimp season is underway; I’ve got fresh lettuce, cilantro, and oranges producing in my garden now; and my neighbor has an avocado tree that is loaded with fruit. Life is GOOD, and this recipe is simply splendid, Lana!

    1. I do hope you’ll try this one, Barbara. I think you’d like it and with all the ingredients right there at hand, well why not, right?

  15. SMITH BITES says:

    definitely need to be eating this after December’s overload of cream and sugar; bright, citrusy = lovely!

  16. This looks delicious and yes, after a few weeks of really rich food, it sounds like a nice change! Thanks for sharing!

    1. Thanks, Lindsay. This salad was just the light, refreshing first course I needed after all the sugar and butter of the last few weeks.

      Also, I checked out your French Onion Soup and it looks delicious! I’m inspired to try making some this weekend.