Hello! This is a happy little green salad loaded with tender juicy shrimp, buttery avocado, crisp cucumber bites, peanuts, cilantro, limes, homemade wonton strips if you are gonna go all out, and a heavy-handed pour of light, creamy, and perfectly sweet miso dressing. And it wants to be friends with you.
This salad reminds me of one of my most locked-in-pre-orders of all time from California Pizza Kitchen. That’s right, I just brought CPK back into your life. The locations near us have since closed (honestly, why? RIP) but I vow to never forget my favorite order of all time: their miso shrimp and crab salad. Oh my good greens. It was piled high with crab and shrimp, and avocado, and crispy wontons, and miso dressing. It was deliciously fresh, crispy, and wonderful. Or is it still? Are CPKs open somewhere near you? Please go order this salad if you are so lucky.
What’s In This Delicious Shrimp Salad?
This is a completely simplified version, because maybe I didn’t happen to remember to look for a daikon radish at the grocery store this weekend, and maybe I don’t keep crab stocked in my fridge, and maybe my thumb was too tired from phone usage to shred carrots. AND MAYBE I LIKE SIMPLE.
So for all the above reasons, I just kept this shrimp and avocado salad pretty straightforward.
- Shrimp (a teeny bit spicy, because duh)
- Spinach or Baby Kale
- Some Lil’ Fried Wonton Strips (if time and energy allow)
- and Creamy, Sweet, Fabulous Miso Dressing.
Let’s Discuss Homemade Wonton Strips
A word about those homemade wonton strips: just cut wonton wrappers into strips and fry them in a little bit of oil over low heat; drain on paper towels and sprinkle with salt.
You will most likely find yourself in the same predicament that we did, which was sitting down to a big bowl of shrimp and avocado salad only to find that WOOPS we ate all the wonton strips already. Very addicting.
The Miso Dressing Is a Must
And now for one final note about the dressing: it’s a MISO DRESSING. It’s not too hard to find miso paste if you ask (I shop at very mainstream grocery stores and can usually find it tucked away in the refrigerated food section) but it’s worth noting that miso does have a really unique taste.
BA says that miso is “a fermented paste that’s made by inoculating a mixture of soybeans with a mold called koji (for you science folks, that’s the common name for Aspergillus oryzae) that’s been cultivated from rice, barley, or soybeans.” Being NOT one of the food science folks, all I know is that the lighter varieties of miso are sweet-ish and add a really yummy depth to sauces and soups and roasted veggies and the like.
Don’t let that description scare you. This dressing is SO good! But if you’re not sure, or if you just can’t find it, use this more basic creamy-sweet sesame dressing. Or this peanut-soy creamy dressing. You have options for deliciousness, is what I’m saying.
Watch How To Make This Recipe
Common Questions About This Shrimp and Avocado Salad
Just cut fresh wonton wrappers into lil’ strips and fry them in a little bit of oil over low heat; drain on paper towels and sprinkle with salt.
Yellow or red miso would each lend a bit of a different flavor compared to white miso and we’d really recommend white miso here.
This Shrimp and Avocado Salad is topped with spicy shrimp, crisp cucumbers, spinach, creamy avocado, and a generous drizzle of miso dressing. The happiest green salad ever!
For the salad:
- 1 teaspoon minced garlic
- 1/2 pound raw shrimp, tails removed
- 1/2 tablespoon butter
- 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
- 1/4 teaspoon cayenne
- 1 1/2 cups sliced avocados (2 small)
- 1 cucumber, diced
- 4 cups spinach or baby kale, chopped
- fresh chopped cilantro for topping
- peanuts for topping
- optional: fried wonton strips (see FAQs)
For the dressing:
- one 1-inch piece of fresh peeled ginger
- 3 tablespoons oil
- 3 tablespoons lime juice (more to taste)
- 2 tablespoons agave nectar
- 1 1/2 tablespoons white miso (it’s a paste – you can buy it at many grocery stores these days)
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic, minced
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- Heat the butter in a small skillet over medium high heat. Add the garlic and shrimp; sprinkle with the chili powder and cayenne directly in the pan. Sauté for a few minutes on each side until the shrimp are no longer clear and have a nice golden color on the outside.
- Arrange all the salad veg in a bowl with the shrimp.
- Puree all the dressing ingredients together in a food processor until smooth. Taste and adjust to your preferences. Pour the dressing over the salad and serve immediately (or store the individual parts separately in the refrigerator until ready to serve). Top with fresh cilantro and peanuts for crunch.
Use more shrimp to make it, well, more shrimpy! Also – if you have fresh crab, heap that on there too!
- Category: Lunch
- Method: Sauté
- Cuisine: American
Keywords: shrimp and avocado salad, miso dressing, shrimp salad
One More Thing!
This recipe is part of our collection of easy shrimp recipes. Check it out!