Shrimp and Asparagus Salad

Shrimp and Asparagus SaladRecipe
Photo: Yunhee Kim; Styling: Denise Canter
This Shrimp and Asparagus salad and homemade dressing are ready in 20 minutes and is great for week night meals.


Makes 4 servings (serving size: 1 1/2 cups salad and 2 tablespoons dressing)

Recipe Time

Prep: 20 Minutes
Cook: 5 Minutes

Nutritional Information

Calories 239
Fat 13 g
Satfat 2 g
Monofat 9 g
Polyfat 2 g
Protein 21 g
Carbohydrate 10 g
Fiber 5 g
Cholesterol 168 mg
Iron 5 mg
Sodium 291 mg
Calcium 95 mg


1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
2 1/2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1/3 cup fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves
1 tablespoon chopped shallot
1/4 teaspoon kosher or regular salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
20 medium shrimp, peeled and deveined (about 1 pound)
2 cups (1-inch) sliced asparagus (about 1 pound)
1 coarsely chopped yellow bell pepper
1/2 chopped seeded peeled cucumber
1/2 diced peeled avocado
4 cups mixed salad greens


1. Fill a large pot half-full with water, and bring to a boil.

2. Meanwhile, combine the dressing ingredients in a blender and process until smooth, about 20-30 seconds. Set aside.

3. When water is boiling, add shrimp and asparagus pieces; cook 3-4 minutes or until shrimp is cooked through and asparagus is bright green. Drain in a colander, and run cold water over the shrimp and asparagus. When cool, toss the shrimp and asparagus with bell pepper, cucumber, and avocado in mixing bowl. Pour dressing over shrimp-and-vegetable mixture, and toss to coat.

4. Divide greens among 4 plates, and top each with 1/4 of the shrimp-and-vegetable mixture.