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Howard L. Puckett; Lydia Degaris-Pursell; Martha Condra Photo by: Howard L. Puckett; Lydia Degaris-Pursell; Martha Condra

Caribbean Shrimp Salad with Lime Vinaigrette



"I wanted to create a recipe for a festive meal with local ingredients that could be prepared ahead of time and assembled at the last minute. Everything except the avocado, because it turns brown, can be readied in advance and kept in separate containers, covered, and chilled. I like to serve this dinner salad with multigrain rolls." —Katherine Hinrichs, West Boothbay Harbor, Maine

Cooking Light JANUARY 2008

  • Yield: 4 servings


  • 4 cups chopped cooked shrimp (about 1 1/2 pounds)
  • 5 tablespoons seasoned rice vinegar, divided
  • 2 tablespoons chili garlic sauce (such as Lee Kum Kee)
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon grated lime rind
  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice (about 3 large limes)
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • Dash of salt
  • 8 cups fresh baby spinach
  • 1 cup chopped peeled mango (about 1 large)
  • 1 cup julienne-cut radishes
  • 1/4 cup diced peeled avocado
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced green onions
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted pumpkinseed kernels


Combine shrimp, 2 tablespoons vinegar, and chili garlic sauce in a large bowl; toss well. Cover and chill 1 hour.

Combine remaining 3 tablespoons vinegar, oil, and next 6 ingredients (through salt) in a small bowl, stirring with a whisk.

Place 2 cups spinach on each of 4 plates; top each serving with 1 cup shrimp mixture. Arrange 1/4 cup mango, 1/4 cup radishes, and 1 tablespoon avocado around shrimp on each plate. Top each serving with 2 tablespoons green onions and 1 1/2 teaspoons pumpkinseed kernels. Drizzle each salad with 2 tablespoons vinaigrette.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 281
  • Calories from fat: 32%
  • Fat: 10g
  • Saturated fat: 1.7g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 5.7g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 2.2g
  • Protein: 30.3g
  • Carbohydrate: 18.4g
  • Fiber: 3.6g
  • Cholesterol: 252mg
  • Iron: 6.3mg
  • Sodium: 879mg
  • Calcium: 126mg