Tropical Shrimp Salad.

August 8, 2012 Post a comment

Sonali from The Foodie Physician is my featured guest blogger today.  She brought you guys a fabulous, tropical dinner that will transport your senses & tastebuds to a warm, beachfront location surrounded by palm trees – even if it’s only in your imagination.    Sonali is such an incredible friend of mine who constantly inspires me.  Thank you dear friend for guest blogging.

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Hi everyone!  My name is Sonali aka The Foodie Physician.  I’m an ER doctor, chef, recipe developer and board-certified foodie.  On my blog, I enjoy discussing the health benefits of foods and I love to create delicious, nutritious meals often with a gourmet twist.  I want to thank Robin for giving me the opportunity to share a recipe on her wonderful blog.  Since I know she doesn’t cook much seafood, I thought I would take the opportunity to share a healthy seafood dish with all of you.  I hope you enjoy it.

This dish was inspired by a wonderful trip to Mexico that I took with my husband.  The weather was perfect and we spent the sun-drenched days relaxing on the beach, drinking frozen cocktails and enjoying the delicious Caribbean cuisine comprised mostly of fresh seafood and vibrant salads.

My Tropical Shrimp Salad with Honey Chipotle Dressing is a light and refreshing dish with a tasty combination of sweet and spicy flavors.  Cumin, garlic and chipotles in adobo add just the right amount of heat to the shrimp, which are grilled to perfection.  The fiery shrimp are served over a fresh salad packed with tropical ingredients including mango, avocado and jicama, which provide several important vitamins and minerals as well as a good amount of fiber.  Jicama is a crispy, sweet root vegetable that is common in Mexican cuisine.  It can be eaten cooked or raw and adds nice texture when tossed into salads. If you can’t find it, you can substitute a firm pear or apple.  To complete the dish, the salad is coated with a lime and cilantro dressing which has a hint of sweetness from honey and touch of smokiness from the adobo sauce.

This is a good dish if you’re counting your carbs.  It’s also a great way to incorporate more seafood into your diet.   It’s light and refreshing but hearty enough to be a main course.  So treat yourself to this tasty salad and in no time at all you’ll feel like you’ve been transported to your own tropical paradise!


Tropical Shrimp Salad

Makes 6 servings


1 tablespoon canola oil

½ teaspoon ground cumin

1-2 teaspoons minced chipotles in adobo (depending on how spicy you like it)

2 teaspoons lime juice

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 lb. large shrimp, peeled and deveined

Kosher salt and black pepper



2 teaspoons Dijon mustard

1 teaspoon adobo sauce from the chipotle can

1 tablespoon honey

4 teaspoons lime juice

3 tablespoons canola oil

1 tablespoon chopped cilantro

Kosher salt and black pepper



1 head Romaine lettuce, chopped

1 mango, peeled and diced into cubes

1 medium jicama, peeled and julienned

1 avocado, peeled and sliced

2 tablespoons chopped cilantro



{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

ally August 8, 2012 at 9:54 PM

Anything with cumin excites me…then add shrimp…and this dressing w/the salad, mango, avocado…talk about layers of flavor! Gorgeous! xo Ally


robinr August 12, 2012 at 3:14 PM

Ally, I agree!! She rocked this recipe :)


Justine August 8, 2012 at 9:56 PM

So beautiful – and it features some of my favorite ingredients!


robinr August 12, 2012 at 3:13 PM

Justine, I agree. This dinner looks like a tropical getaway dinner :)


Tiffany/MyCrowdedKitchen August 8, 2012 at 10:30 PM

Such a beautiful salad. Love all the ingredients!


robinr August 12, 2012 at 3:15 PM

I agree! Sonali rocked this recipe for sure :)


Sonali- The Foodie Physician August 9, 2012 at 1:08 AM

It was an honor sharing with you and you readers! Thanks again for the opportunity Robin!


robinr August 12, 2012 at 3:13 PM

Sonali, Thank you so much!!! You are a such a sweet friend.


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