Shrimp Salad with Mango Lime Dressing
I don’t know about you but I have been on a salad kick lately. Maybe it is the warmer weather or the realization of summer being a few months away. Whatever it is I have been having a salad almost everyday. Spring produce makes it easy to change up your salads and never get bored or feel like you’re eating the same thing over and over again.
Dressing is the one thing that can get a little boring. There are plenty of unhealthy options but it really defeats the purpose of a healthy salad if you are going to drench it in unhealthy dressing. I usually do some sort of variation of vinegar and herbs with a touch of oil. Sometimes I just get sick of vinegar. Especially when you are eating salads all the time, the tartness can get to you. And sometimes you want a dressing that tastes like it is bad but is guilt free. Enter my Mango Lime Dressing. Now don’t be fooled, not all mango dressings are created equal. I do not recommend buying a store made mango dressing or even a mango dressing made by a restaurant. There are a lot of sneaky unhealthy ingredients in those. Instead, make this mango dressing at home. It is simple and really quick to make. The dressing is thick and smooth. It gives you the illusion of an unhealthy dressing but is very heathy. So pour it on!
I choose the components of this said to be balanced and filling. The protein is shrimp. Simply seasoned with lemon pepper and pan seared for 2 minutes on each side. Avocado for a healthy fat to keep you full. The mango in the dressing is a carb. I used arugula for the lettuce. A nice peppery spring lettuce for a great contrast to the sweet dressing. Radishes for some color and red onion for added flavor. Of course I had to sprinkle some hemp seeds and flax seeds for added crunch and some superfood action.
With everything combined, this salad is satisfying and healthy. One of the reasons I love salads is being able to eat in quantity without racking up the calories. As long as you amp up the vegetables. Keep the protein, fat, and carbs in the correct portion sizes.
Mango Lime Dressing
Prep time: 10 minutes
1 ripe Mango, scored and cubed
1 Lime, juiced
1 Tbl Olive oil
1/3 cup of Water
Salt and Pepper to taste
- Blend ingredients in a food processor until smooth.
- Add salt and pepper to taste.
- Store in the refrigerator for about a week
For the salad:
1 5oz package of Arugula
3 small Avocados
1/2 Red onion
24 (about a pound) large Shrimp
1 bunch of radishes
Hemp seeds and flax seeds (optional)
- Cook the Shrimp. Heat sauce pan over medium heat. Season shrimp with lemon pepper. Spray pan with cooking oil. Cook 2 minutes on each side. Set aside.
- Wash vegetables. Place arugula in salad bowl
- Slice avocado into thin slices. Scoop out of shell and place on salad
- Thinly slice the red onion. place on salad. Do the same with the radishes
- Add cooled shrimp
- Sprinkle with hemp and flax seeds
- Serve with mango dressing
I hope you enjoyed this recipe. It is all about keeping it simple and fresh. If you eat seasonally you will never get bored! Be sure to share this with someone who needs a little mango madness in their life!
Until next week my friends!