There are times during the summer when I want to entertain, but quickly realize "It's too hot to cook!" That's when I turned to my Avocado Shrimp Cup recipe served in avocado shells.
It's such an easy recipe that can also be made hours ahead, making you look like a domestic goddess when you bring these to the table. It also works beautifully as an appetizer recipe too.
Recipe Pairing Ideas:
- Serve this as a starter to my Mixed Grill Dinner or my Chicken Brochettes with Grilled Zucchini and Goat Cheese Salad
- Pair with some Aqua Frescas or Homemade Lemonade
- For dessert try my Plum Crumble recipe or my Triple Berry Cobbler recipe.
Great Visual Appeal
These avocado cups are also such a pretty dish, and the shells of the avocado work so well as little serving dishes too. I also love to garnish pretty summer dishes like this with edible flowers, and nasturtiums are a great choice for their bright color and peppery flavor.
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Best Way To Cook Shrimp for Salads
- I think the easiest way to cook shrimp for any chilled salad is to bake it in the oven it's quick and easy and will keep the shrimp moist and succulent.
- Just be sure to keep the tails on, that will also prevent your shrimp from drying out.
- You can also cook shrimp this way for my classic New-England style Shrimp Roll Recipe which is another fantastic summer recipe to try.
- You can bake them at 375F for just a few minutes until pink and cooked through and use in any recipe calling for cooked shrimp.
Making the Avocado Cups
Avocado cups are so easy to do! And you can fill them with all sorts of things, shrimp salad, chicken salad or my Charred Corn Mexican Salad would be great too! Just be sure they are soft and ripe since they are easier to handle and scoop out.
All you do is cut the avocado in half, remove the pit with a chef's knife and then scoop out the avocado with a large serving spoon.
Preparing the Salad Dressing
- I think the best combination for the dressing base is sour cream and mayonnaise. The sour cream will make the salad lighter than if you used all mayonnaise, but you still need at least a little bit to make the dressing creamy and smooth.
- Then to add flavor and freshness I like to also add dill, lemon zest, and lemon juice, toss with the shrimp and vegetables and that's all there is to it!
- Spoon the shrimp salad into the avocado shells
- Garnish with fresh dill
- Add an edible flower
- Nasturtiums are my favorite for the bright colors and peppery flavor but you can also find edible pansies in your produce aisle of the supermarket this time of year, usually in the fresh herb section.
- But do only buy them from a grocery store (not a plant store!) to assure they are safe to eat
- You can cook the shrimp a day ahead cover and refrigerate
- You can mix the dressing a day and too, cover and refrigerate
- Keep the shrimp and the dressing separated until ready to serve
- Then all you have to do the day of is cut the vegetables, toss the salad and serve
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- 1 lb (450g) of Shrimp
- drizzle of olive oil
- salt and pepper to taste
- 3 tablespoon (45 ml) sour cream
- 1 tablespoon (15 ml) mayonnaise
- ¼ teaspoon (1.25 ml) lemon zest
- ¼ teaspoon (1.25 ml) fresh lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon (15 ml) fresh dill, minced + more for garnish
- ⅓ cup (80 ml) tomato, diced
- ⅓ cup (80 ml) cucumber, diced
- 2 tablespoon (30 ml), radish, diced
- 2 ripe avocados, cut into chunks, shells reserved
- Preheat Oven to 375F/(190C)
- Place shrimp on a rimed sheet pan and drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Bake for 7 mins until pink and cooked through. Set aside and allow to cool.
- Meanwhile in a small bowl combine sour cream, mayonnaise, lemon zest and juice, fresh dill, salt and pepper to taste. Whisk to combine. Set aside.
- Dice shrimp into small cubes and transfer to a large bowl. Add the diced tomatoes, cucumbers and radish.
- Moments before serving, slice the avocado in half, length wise. Scoop out the avocado with a large spoon. Cut avocado into small chunks, add to the large bowl of shrimp and veggies.
- Toss the dressing with the shrimp and veggies. Spoon the salad back into the Avocado Shells, place two cups filled with the salad on a plate, top with freshly cracked pepper and a fresh sprig of dill and place an editable flower on the side.
- Serve as a light dinner or lunch, or it’s also great as a first course too!
To prepare ahead of time you can roast the shrimp and cut it, along with cutting the other veggies. Toss them in a bowl together and then cover and refrigerate.
You can also prep the dressing as well. Store in a separate bowl, cover and refrigerate.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 310Total Fat: 26gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 17gCholesterol: 28mgSodium: 101mgCarbohydrates: 17gFiber: 7gSugar: 2gProtein: 4g