shrimp taco salad

So I’ve been reading this amazing book called “The Champagne Diet” and one chapter speaks about making sure to glamorize your meals. Basically this means not only focusing on eating foods that are good for your body but also taking time to enjoy your meals, eating them consciously (like actually taking time to chew your food ::side-eye::) and creating habits in your life that help your overall wellness!

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So what does this have to do with my recipe today?

  1. I called it sexy! Why? Because I have a really hard time loving salads. However, I LOVE feeling fabulous, so calling my salad “sexy” just mentally makes me more happy to eat it.
  2. I want to make more of an effort to create these “less guilt” but exciting recipes that aren’t bland and boring, but packed with flavor and made with love!
  3. It wasn’t completely “clean” (I used canned tomatoes ::gasp::) but I wasn’t mad about it because it was yummy as hell and the entire book focuses on this concept as well. Making better choices but also not feeling guilty for the moments we get off course. Because no matter what boo, you’re flawless (Beyonce voice). Oh and I also had a beer with it, sooooooooo yeah! 
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So anyway on to the recipe for Sexy Shrimp Taco Salad

With Taco Tuesday in effect and my strong craving for shrimp tacos, I decided last night would be the best night to try out a shrimp taco salad. Now, a lot of my dinner decisions are done with my husband in mind. I am not about making separate meals (I’m not a restaurant) so I usually have to think of something that will not only be tasty, but filling enough for the both of us. If I’m making a salad for dinner than I need to pack it either with a lot of protein or enough toppings so that neither of us feels like a rabbit.

I used shrimp with a garlic marinade, avocado, a corn salsa, tortilla strips and shredded cheese. Easy peasy!

shrimp taco salad

shrimp taco salad
Shrimp peeled and cleaned

While the shrimp was marinating in my garlic mixture, I made the salsa. I cooked frozen corn, diced tomatoes with chilies and red onion until the corn was soft and the onions were smelling just right.

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Then I cooked the shrimp over a medium heat until they were nice and pink, about 5 –  7 minutes.

shrimp taco salad

Once the shrimp were done it was just time to put together the salad. I used a 100% Organic spring mix, sliced Haas Avocado, tortilla strips, shredded cheese (any kind you like) and added my corn salsa and cooked shrimp. There you have it: Sexy Shrimp Taco  Salad!

shrimp taco salad

Optional: Sour cream, guacamole, dressing and beer

It was so good and I was nice and full afterwards. But not like food baby full.  I was happy to be able to fulfill my shrimp taco craving sans the tortilla shells.

Sexy Shrimp Taco Salad With Avocado & Corn Salsa

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 2 Salads

Serving Size: 1

Sexy Shrimp Taco Salad With Avocado & Corn Salsa


    For the Shrimp:
  • 1 lb shrimp, peeled & cleaned
  • 3 tsp crushed garlic, (or 3 cloves crushed)
  • 1 tsp dried or fresh cilantro
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
  • Juice from 1/2 a lemon
    For the Corn Salsa:
  • 8 oz frozen corn kernels
  • 10 oz Rotel diced tomatoes with green chilies
  • 1 small red onion, diced
  • Juice from 1 small lime
  • 3 cups Organic Spring Mix
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheese
  • 1/2 cup Fresh Gourmet sante fe tortilla strips
  • 1 haas avocado
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Non-stick Spray
    Optional toppings:
  • Guacamole
  • Sour Cream
  • Dressing


  • Place peeled and clean shrimp into a bowl and add the garlic, cilantro, olive oil, red pepper flakes and lemon juice. Mix well and set aside so shrimp can marinate.
  • While shrimp marinates, spray a pan with non-stick spray and add the corn and onions. Cook over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally, until corn is soft and onions release their delicious smell (lawd)
  • Add the diced tomatoes and salt & pepper to taste. Cook for 2 more minutes, then turn off heat and let cool.
  • Spray another pan with non-stick spray and add your shrimp including any marinade. Make sure shrimp are lined in a single layer. Cook shrimp over medium heat for 5 - 7 minutes or until they are nice and pink.
  • Assemble the salad by placing 1 1/2 cups spring mix on a plate, topped with 1/2 a sliced avocado, 1/4 cup tortilla strips, cooked shrimp, corn salsa as desired and 1/4 cup shredded cheese.
  • Eat & Enjoy

Perfect For:

  • Fulfilling your Tuesday night taco craving (or shrimp taco salad craving)
  • Fast mid-week meals
  • Feeling sexy about your eating habits
  • When you want a salad but not a boring one

After you make this bomb ass recipe, please make sure to also check out “The Champagne Diet” by Cara Alwill Leyba. I’ve become completely obsessed with her and this is the third book of hers I have read in the last 2 months. It’s all about creating a healthier, more fabulous, fulfilling lifestyle and finding your inner superstar. Plus she encourages champagne drinking so she’s basically my favorite type of person. 🙂

Have you read “The Champagne Diet?” Are you a salad lover or do you tend to cringe at the thought of them? What are you doing today to make sure you feel like your most fabulous and sexy self? Let me know in the comments below!

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