Easy Cilantro Lime Shrimp & Avocado Salad

Fresh, easy and no “cooking” required! This shrimp salad has all the flavors of traditional shrimp ceviche in half the time!

Close up of cilantro lime shrimp and avocado salad in a small white bowl with a silver spoon and lime slices on top.

Ceviche… just that word alone makes me crave summer! With it’s light citrusy flavors and bright vibrant colors, how could you not want to stuff your face full of it while relaxing on the beach?! (At least that’s what I day dream about anyways…😉) And this cilantro lime shrimp and avocado salad is the best way to satisfy those ceviche cravings in half the time without all the work too!

Shrimp salad with tomatoes and acocado in a white bowl sitting next to a blue napkin scattered tortilla chips

Ingredients for cilantro lime shrimp & salad

  • Frozen precooked shrimp: You can usually find precooked shrimp in the frozen section of any grocery. Any size of shrimp will work for this recipe but I would suggest NOT using bay shrimp! (Teeny tiny little shrimp) They have a much different flavor and texture from most regular shrimp you’ll find in stores.
  • Tomatoes: I love using cherry tomatoes for this salad recipe because they have such a bold “tomato-y” flavor. Look for tomatoes that are bright red with no bad spots for the best results. (You can also use regular large vine tomatoes instead and chop them into smaller pieces.)
  • Avocado: Adds a little creaminess to your shrimp salad and tones down the tang from your lime juice. Look for avocados that “give” slightly when they’re gently squeezed. (Think the consistency of a ripe peach.)
  • Red onion: Adds some crunch and texture to your shrimp salad. (You can also use white or green onion instead.)
  • Cilantro: Adds freshness and gives off that zesty summer salad vibe! (Feel free to add as little or as much cilantro as you prefer.)
  • Lime juice: A necessity for this ceviche style summer salad! Look for limes that have a smooth skin and are slightly heavier. (These usually yeild the most juice!)
  • Salt & pepper: Helps to balance out each individual flavor in your shrimp salad!
Ceviche style shrimp salad in a white bowl with lime wedges and on top and a silver spoon sticking out of it

How to make cilantro lime shrimp & avocado salad

  1. Place your chopped shrimp, avocado, tomatoes, onion and cilantro together in a bowl and season it with salt and pepper. Then add your lime juice and toss the salad until everything is coated.
  2. Place your shrimp salad in the fridge to chill or serve it immediately!

This shrimp salad is best served cold so I would suggest chilling it for at least 30 minutes – 1 hour before eating.

Why you’ll love this cilantro lime shrimp salad

  • It’s quick & easy! No cooking required – just chop up your ingredients, throw them together in a bowl with a little lime juice and your Mexican shrimp salad is ready to go!
  • Protein-packed! Since shrimp is such a lean protein, it’s also the perfect protein for a delicious summer salad! It’s a healthy protein packed AND low carb option that’s perfect for anyone watching their waistline!
  • Easily made ahead of time! Looking for a hassle free seafood salad recipe? This shrimp salad is the dish for you then! Just chop your ingredients the night before and throw it all together when you’re ready to eat!

*If prepping this salad for the week: Keep your avocado separate from the rest of your ingredients and add it right before you’re ready to dig in.

A small white bowl filled with chopped shrimp, cherry tomatoes, diced avocado, red onion and cilantro served with tortilla chips and extra lime wedges on the side

Serving ideas for cilantro lime shrimp & avocado salad

This shrimp salad is super tasty when eaten on it’s own BUT there’s soo many other fun ways to serve it too!

  • Eat it as a shrimp dip with your favorite chips! Tortilla chips or potato chips are both great options for this idea!
  • Turn it into a true summer salad & serve it over a bed of lettuce! Add lots of extra lime juice if going this route!
  • Make some zesty cilantro lime shrimp tacos! Heat up your favorite corn tortillas then stuff them with shredded cabbage and add your shrimp salad! (Tip: A little extra avocado never hurt anyone too!😉)
  • Top it over tostada shells! Spread a thin layer of mashed avocado over your tostadas and pile your cilantro lime shrimp salad on top! (This one’s a family favorite in our house and tastes the most like traditional shrimp ceviche.)
  • Make some tasty shrimp “ceviche” nachos! Bake your favorite tortilla chips with a little shredded cheese, then scoop your shrimp salad over the top and serve with extra lime wedges on the side!
  • Turn it into shrimp salad lettuce wraps! Scoop your shrimp salad into a few butter lettuce cups and serve it with extra cilantro and a squeeze of lime on top! (This is a great low carb option!)

I hope you all enjoy this cilantro lime shrimp and avocado salad just as much as our family does!

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A salad made with precooked shrimp, avocado, tomato, red onion, cilantro lime juice in a white bowl and served with tortilla chips
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Easy Cilantro Lime Shrimp & Avocado Salad

An easy shrimp salad recipe that tastes just like ceviche but without all the work! It's light and refreshing, packed with flavor and the perfect salad for summer too!
Prep Time15 mins
Mixing Time5 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Main Course, Seafood
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: avocado, ceviche, easy recipes, mexican, no cooking, refreshing, seafood recipes, shrimp
Servings: 3 servings
Author: Caitlin

Ingredients

  • 1 lbs. frozen precooked shrimp (thawed, tails taken off & cut into thirds)
  • 1-2 avocados, diced
  • ½ cup cherry tomatoes, halved or quartered
  • ¼ cup red onion, finely chopped
  • ¼ cup cilantro, chopped
  • 3 limes, juiced
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Instructions

  • Add your chopped shrimp, avocados, tomatoes, red onion and cilantro to a large bowl and season with salt and pepper. Then add your lime juice and toss the salad until it's fully coated.
  • Place your salad in the fridge to chill or serve it immediately with your favorite chips.
  • If prepping this salad for the later: Keep your avocado separate from the rest of your ingredients and add it right before serving.

4 Comments

  1. Mandi Hansen

    Do you have nutrition facts for this dish?

    • Hi Mandi! Unfortunately I don’t. I believe you can calculate it if you have the MyFitnessPal app though. Also after doing a little research, I found that most shrimp ceviches range from 100-150 calories per serving (1 cup). I hope this helps!

  2. I would give this recipe more than 5 stars if I could. It’s easy to make, beautiful to look at, and beyond delicious. I thought it might need something more than lime juice, but it doesn’t. The recipe is perfect, as-is; a rare find!

    • Aww thank you so much Beth! This is definitely one of my favorite recipes and I make it every summer! (Everyone’s always so surprised too when I tell them it’s just made with lime juice. But that’s all it really needs! 🙂 ) Hope you’re having a great day!

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