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Southwest Fiesta Shrimp Salad

If you find yourself craving a big hearty salad, this spicy Southwest Fiesta Shrimp Salad will get your taste buds buzzing!

Southwest Fiesta Shrimp Salad

It’s fiesta time on My Modern Cookery! This Southwest Fiesta Shrimp Salad is seriously my absolute favorite for when that salad craving hits.

There are a whole host of questions that come with being pregnant. How are you feeling? Have you had nausea? Do you know what the baby is? How far along are you? Do you have names picked out? And of course, have you had any cravings? Up until recently, I could safely say that I’ve had no real food cravings. Although, I did catch a whiff of a fruity air freshener at the gym at the beginning, which made me want an Air Head for like, 2 weeks. Honestly, I think that would have happened pregnant or not. Recently though, I’ve been craving southwest salads like crazy. It started when I bought one of those bagged salad mixes at the grocery store that include everything you need. It was a southwestern style salad that included a spicy ranch, tortilla strips, cotija cheese, and pepitas. For some reason, that salad really sparked something within me, and I ended up buying a different version of it every time I went to the grocery store (Whole Foods’ variation has been my favorite if you’re curious). The only thing that these pre-packaged salads lack for me is fresh ingredients. No tomatoes, no avocado, corn or black beans to be found. Plus, you certainly have to add your own protein if that’s what you’re looking for. So, I decided to embark on a mission to make my perfect southwest salad to ease my craving whenever I like. I decided on adding blackened shrimp, but you could also use the same seasonings and sub for two chicken breasts or even steak. Cross your fingers my next pregnancy craving is something like ice cream or cookies so you all can reap those benefits too!

Don’t feel like a spicy salad? Try my Simple Italian Salad!

Southwest Fiesta Shrimp Salad

Southwest Fiesta Shrimp Salad

Southwest Fiesta Shrimp Salad

Southwest Fiesta Shrimp Salad

Southwest Fiesta Shrimp Salad

Southwest Fiesta Shrimp Salad

Southwest Fiesta Shrimp Salad
 
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Serves: Serves 2
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Ingredients
For the Dressing
  • 1 chipotle chile in adobo
  • juice of ½ a lime
  • ¼ cup fresh cilantro
  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • ½ cup buttermilk
  • ½ tsp ground cumin
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ¼ tsp dried oregano leaves
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp pepper
For the Salad
  • 1 pound large shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 cups romaine lettuce, chopped
  • 1 ripe avocado, sliced
  • ½ cup cherry tomatoes diced
  • ½ cup black beans, rinsed
  • ½ cup corn, rinsed
  • ¼ cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 2 tbsp pepitas
  • ¼ cup tortilla chip strips
Instructions
For the Dressing
  1. Combine all of the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. You won't use all of the dressing so you may keep it an airtight container in the fridge.
For the Salad
  1. In a large bowl add the shrimp, chili powder, paprika, onion powder, cumin, garlic powder, and salt and pepper. In a medium-sized skillet add the olive oil and shrimp. Cook over medium-high heat until no longer pink. Allow to cool before adding to salad.
  2. Toss the rest of the salad ingredients together along with the cooled shrimp. Add as much dressing as desired and eat immediately.
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Karly

Friday 16th of February 2018

This looks so delicious ! I need this for lunch!

Paige

Saturday 17th of February 2018

It's so good! I could eat it for lunch everyday.

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