Shrimp Salad-Stuffed Avocados for #TheSaladBar

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Shrimp Salad-Stuffed Avocados

This week I’m participating in a blog hop with “The Salad Bar” and our theme is salads using avocado. Our local seafood market always carries tiny Canadian shrimp that are super plump and moist, so paring them with ripe Haas avocados seemed a natural match. And so, my shrimp salad-stuffed avocados came to be for our lunch the other day.

Fresh dill and parsley, plus fresh Meyer lemon juice, took away any need for more than a touch of celery salt, keeping this a healthy, low sodium salad. Celery, scallions and sweet red pepper added a nice crunch to contrast with the creamy avocado and juicy shrimp.

TIP: Tossing the avocado halves with Meyer lemon juice will keep the avocado from turning brown, if you want to fill and chill the avocados a while before serving them.

Shrimp Salad-Stuffed Avocados for #TheSaladBar
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Serves: 2
 
Ripe, creamy avocados are stuffed with succulent shrimp salad.
Ingredients
  • ¼ cup mayo
  • 3 tablespoons chopped celery
  • 2 tablespoons chopped scallions
  • 2 tablespoons chopped red bell pepper
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh dill
  • 1 tablespoon chopped parsley
  • 4 teaspoons Meyer lemon juice, divided use
  • ¼ teaspoon celery salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground white pepper
  • ½ pound very small shrimp, cooked, peeled and cleaned
  • 2 ripe avocados, peeled, pitted and halved
  • 2 cups baby greens
  • chopped fresh dill and Meyer lemon zest (optional garnishes)
Instructions
  1. Using a medium-sized non-reactive bowl, combine the mayo, celery, scallions, red pepper, dill, parsley, 1 tablespoon (3 teaspoons) lemon juice, celery salt and white pepper.
  2. Add the shrimp and stir gently into dressing.
  3. Toss the avocado halves with remaining 1 teaspoon lemon juice.
  4. Fill each avocado half with ¼ of the shrimp salad.
  5. Place 1 cup of greens on each plate, top with 2 shrimp salad-stuffed avocado halves.
  6. Garnish and serve.

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26 Responses to Shrimp Salad-Stuffed Avocados for #TheSaladBar

  1. Lisa @ Whisk & Cleaver August 17, 2013 at 8:08 am #

    Liz, as always, a great recipe! I love the combo of the shrimp and avocado. I wish I lived next door so I could partake in your Meyer lemon bounty!

    • Liz August 17, 2013 at 8:14 am #

      I will remember to bring you some Meyers next time we meet!

  2. Marlene @Nosh My Way August 17, 2013 at 8:11 am #

    I have always loved the idea of a stuff-acado. Yours is stuffed with my favorite. Shrimp

  3. Lynda - TasteFood August 17, 2013 at 8:26 am #

    I can’t think of a better combination – especially with meyer lemon. Perfect for a summer day.

    • Liz August 17, 2013 at 8:37 am #

      Thanks, Lynda – it is finally summer here and now my head needs to focus on more warm weather recipes.

  4. Beth (OMG! Yummy) August 17, 2013 at 8:41 am #

    Love it Liz – great idea. My neighbor brought me avocadoes from the oldest avocado grove in CA. But sadly they are gone. Hope to replenish and think this would be a great quick dinner on a weeknight!

    • Liz August 17, 2013 at 8:55 am #

      It is – and was – a quick lunch or supper for summer, Beth.

  5. Heather @ Join Us, Pull up a Chair August 17, 2013 at 9:16 am #

    Looks refreshing and the perfect salad for hot summer nights!

    • Liz August 17, 2013 at 9:21 am #

      Thanks, Heather – it’s a great blog-hop this morning, isn’t it?

  6. Debra Elliott August 17, 2013 at 9:30 am #

    I love shrimp and avocados. Yummy in my tummy

  7. The Brussels Cook(er) August 17, 2013 at 9:48 am #

    Avocado and shrimps – two of my favourite food EVER! And here in Brussels ie Belgium/Europe we can only dream of bountiful, home-grown Meyer lemons and avocados… but your recipe sure brings me some much-needed sunshine Liz! 🙂

    • Liz August 17, 2013 at 10:45 am #

      Thanks – wish you were closer and could share with you.

  8. Jayne August 17, 2013 at 9:52 am #

    Love this, avocado and shrimp are one of my favourite matches. This sounds delicious!

    • Liz August 17, 2013 at 10:45 am #

      Hi Jayne -thanks and talk with you soon.

  9. Liz August 17, 2013 at 1:24 pm #

    What a gorgeous presentation! It’s wonderful when you love both the filling and the edible bowl 🙂

    • Liz August 17, 2013 at 4:17 pm #

      Great comment – never thought of the avocado as “an edible bowl” – thanks.

  10. Michelle August 18, 2013 at 9:25 am #

    This sounds delicious. I love avocados and shrimp together, and your photos are great!

    • Liz August 18, 2013 at 10:17 am #

      Thanks, Michelle – it’s fun to check out everyone’s recipes.

  11. Oui, Chef August 19, 2013 at 6:47 am #

    Wow…those Meyer Lemons are a gift that just keep on giving, huh? Beautiful salads, and a classic combination!

    • Liz August 19, 2013 at 8:09 am #

      And the tree in front is covered with new blossoms – thanks, Steve.

  12. sippitysup August 19, 2013 at 1:31 pm #

    Avocado is a great way to had a luscious quality to lean seafood. GREG

    • Liz August 20, 2013 at 7:55 am #

      You are so right, Greg!

  13. Laura @ Family Spice August 20, 2013 at 9:57 am #

    What an amazing lunch with my favorites: avocados, shrimp and Meyer lemons!

    • Liz August 20, 2013 at 10:10 am #

      After you chicks head back to school tomorrow, I will invite you over for lunch –

  14. TheWimpyVegetarian August 21, 2013 at 3:17 pm #

    This is just gorgeous. And it looks soooo refreshing. Perfect summer lunch. Or dinner 🙂

    • Liz August 21, 2013 at 3:22 pm #

      Thanks, Susan –

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