Summer Shrimp Salad

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Shrimp is something I often forget about. But in the summer, it’s the BEST! It doesn’t take long to cook so that means you don’t have to have your stovetop on for very long and it’s so refreshing compared to some of the heavier protein options out there. I recently started getting shrimp delivered to the house in my monthly meat order and I’m so glad I did. Now I make shrimp salads weekly because it’s so damn easy! Veggies + protein + a delicious dressing = a very happy pregnant person! And the best part is that this dressing goes FAR, so you can keep it in your fridge for the week and use it with other salads or just as a topping!

PaleOMG Summer Shrimp Salad

PaleOMG Summer Shrimp Salad

Speaking of a happy pregnant person…TODAY is my due date. 7/22/22. But as you can see from me writing this post, I am still here, pregnant, uncomfortable, and ready to be done. It’s been a long 12 years of being pregnant and I’m now at the finish line…yet the finish line keeps moving farther and farther away. This pregnancy has been a HUGE learning experience. Talk about learning to surrender and letting go of expectations. I should be a professional at surrendering at this point, but when you’re given a due date, you expect to give birth on or before that date. Not AFTER, ha! Even though most first-time moms go an average of 8 days past their due date, it’s hard to imagine that for yourself until you’re in it. I could pop today or it could be another 2 weeks. Who freaking knows…but either way, I’m going just a tad crazy.

PaleOMG Summer Shrimp Salad

PaleOMG Summer Shrimp Salad

But at the same time, I’m embracing every last moment as a completely child-free adult. For most of my life, I never thought I would have children. Which is something I talked about in detail in this video. Being child-free is awesome. You get to go anywhere you want at anytime. And I’ve been living that lovely life for a long time. But now it’s time for a new adventure with a new buddy. So instead of being constantly frustrated that she hasn’t shown up yet, I’m doing ALL the things I love most – working at coffee shops, going out to my favorite restaurants, getting prenatal massages, cooking postpartum meals, planning out the future of PaleOMG, sleeping in (that’s a lie, I haven’t slept in my entire life, but I’ve at least tried), lying around on the couch watching The Great British Baking Show, wandering the grocery store isles for new products, and anything else my little heart desires. It’s been absolutely lovely. I can’t wait for her to get here, but I’m feeling really grateful for every last moment in this chapter of my life. Can’t wait to see what the next one has in store!

PaleOMG Summer Shrimp Salad

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Summer Shrimp Salad

  • Author: juli
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 3-4 servings 1x

Ingredients

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For the cilantro lime ranch

  • 1 cup cilantro
  • 1 jalapeño, seeds removed, roughly chopped
  • 2 tablespoons fresh dill
  • 2 tablespoons fresh chives
  • 1/2 cup avocado oil mayo
  • 3/4 cup milk of choice
  • juice of 1 lime
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • pinch of salt

For the salad

  • 1/2 pound bacon, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 pound deveined, peeled raw shrimp
  • 1/2 cup frozen corn
  • 1 head butter lettuce, roughly torn
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 avocado, sliced
  • 2 ounces goat cheese

Instructions

  1. Place all ingredients for the cilantro lime ranch in a blender and blend until smooth. Set aside in fridge.
  2. Place bacon in large nonstick pan over medium-high heat. Cook bacon until crispy then set aside on a paper towel. Remove excess bacon fat, leaving behind 1-2 tablespoons to cook the shrimp in.
  3. Add chili powder, garlic powder, paprika, cumin, oregano, and salt in a shallow dish and mix to combined. Add shrimp and toss to coat the shrimp in all the spices.
  4. Add shrimp and cook 3-4 minutes per side, until the tails curl in. Set shrimp aside with bacon then add frozen corn to the pan and toss to cook corn for about 5 minutes, until slightly browned.
  5. Lastly, prepare your salad by adding lettuce, bell pepper, avocado, and goat cheese to a large bowl. Once the corn is done, add the bacon, shrimp, and corn. Add desired amount of dressing and toss to coat. Then all you gotta do is eat it up, my friend!

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Oh, Hi! I’m Juli.

I’m a food hoarder. And a really bad dancer. If you don’t know me well, you will probably not understand my humor. Therefore, I apologize ahead of time. Thanks for listening to my ramblings of my ever-changing life and trusting my kitchen mishaps. Your trust in me is appreciated.

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  1. Ah, my absolute best wishes and prayers going out to you and Brian at this exciting time! Can’t believe it’s time for your baby to be here! When my mother had me, my due date was August 1st, but I was born on August 14. She thought I’d never come. Ha! Nowadays I don’t think they let you go that long..?
    Anyway, good luck with everything, can’t wait to hear the news that she’s here. You are going to do GREAT!

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