Lime Cilantro Shrimp and Black Bean Salad

Lime Cilantro Shrimp and Black Bean Salad – Tender juicy shrimp, black beans, avocado, cilantro, and more coated in a lime sauce that’s a FIESTA in your mouth!! An EASY and HEALTHY Mexican-inspired salad that’s ready in 10 minutes!!

Lime Cilantro Shrimp and Black Bean Salad - Tender juicy shrimp, black beans, avocado, cilantro, and more coated in a lime sauce that's a FIESTA in your mouth!! An EASY and HEALTHY Mexican-inspired salad that’s ready in 10 minutes!!

How Does The Lime Cilantro Shrimp Salad Taste

This easy shrimp and black bean salad brings all the flavors of Mexico to you. It’s easy, healthy, light and fresh, and ready in 10 minutes.

There are so many amazing textures and Mexican-inspired flavors including cumin-spiced tender shrimp, black beans, velvety avocado, crunchy cucumbers, and a bit of heat from a jalapeno pepper as well as an optional serrano chile pepper.

Everything is coated in a lime and honey sauce that is so good you will want to slurp it up with a spoon. 

It’s a fiesta in your mouth in every bite. Seriously so tasty and we could eat this every day. 

Lime Cilantro Shrimp and Black Bean Salad - Tender juicy shrimp, black beans, avocado, cilantro, and more coated in a lime sauce that's a FIESTA in your mouth!! An EASY and HEALTHY Mexican-inspired salad that’s ready in 10 minutes!!

What Kind Of Shrimp To Use

I used one pound of fresh, raw shrimp that were deveined but still had the shells on. You do not want to use shrimp that have already been cooked.

I used large shrimp, 12-15 count. meaning there are 12 to 15 per pound. You can use smaller shrimp if you prefer but I like the flavor better of larger shrimp.

Simply add cleaned shrimp to a skillet with olive oil, sprinkle with cumin, and cook for about 2 minutes per side. Shrimp cook very quickly and you don’t want to overcook them or they’ll be rubbery and tough.

After you flip them over, add lime juice and honey to the skillet. This sauce becomes the salad dressing that coats the black beans and veggies and there’s no need to prepare any other dressings or use any store bought dressings which is handy.

A Mix-And-Match Salad

While I used black beans, avocado, cucumbers, cilantro, and jalapeno and serrano chiles, feel free to get creative and mix-and-match. 

Try adding:

  • tomatoes
  • corn
  • zucchini
  • red onions
  • green onions
  • radishes
  • garbanzo beans
  • queso fresco
  • queso panela
  • or whatever you have on hand and enjoy

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Lime Cilantro Shrimp and Black Bean Salad - Tender juicy shrimp, black beans, avocado, cilantro, and more coated in a lime sauce that's a FIESTA in your mouth!! An EASY and HEALTHY Mexican-inspired salad that’s ready in 10 minutes!!

Lime Cilantro Shrimp and Black Bean Salad

Lime Cilantro Shrimp and Black Bean Salad

Lime Cilantro Shrimp and Black Bean Salad - Tender juicy shrimp, black beans, avocado, cilantro, and more coated in a lime sauce that's a FIESTA in your mouth!! An EASY and HEALTHY Mexican-inspired salad that’s ready in 10 minutes!!

Yield: 4
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • one 15-ounce can black beans, drained and rinsed (I use no salt added)
  • 1 medium ripe avocado, diced into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 medium jalapeno pepper, sliced into thin rounds
  • 1 small serrano chile pepper, finely minced (remove seeds for less heat); optional
  • 1/2 medium cucumber, diced into bite-sized pieces
  • 1/3 cup fresh cilantro finely minced, or to taste
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 pound shrimp, cleaned and deveined (I used 12-15 count large shrimp)
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons cumin, or to taste
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt, or to taste
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, or to taste
  • 1/4 to 1/3 cup freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 2 to 4 tablespoons honey, or to taste

Instructions

  1. To a large bowl, add the black beans, avocado, jalapeno, optional serrano chile, cucumber, cilantro; set aside
  2. To a medium skillet, add the olive oil, shrimp, evenly sprinkle with cumin, salt, pepper, and cook over medium-high heat for about 2 minutes.
  3. Flip shrimp over, turn the heat to medium-low, add the lime juice, honey, stir to combine, and cook until shrimp are done, about 2 minutes. Taste the sauce. If desired, add additional lime juice, honey, salt, pepper, or cumin.
  4. Transfer the shrimp and all the sauce to the bowl with the lettuce and vegetables. Stir to combine. Taste and make any other seasoning adjustments if necessary (I sprinkled with another 1/2 teaspoon cumin) and serve immediately. Salad is best fresh but will keep airtight in the fridge for up to 2 days, noting the avocado will oxidize and the vegetables will soften and release their natural juices as time passes.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 495 Total Fat: 18g Saturated Fat: 3g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 14g Cholesterol: 239mg Sodium: 2112mg Carbohydrates: 49g Fiber: 12g Sugar: 18g Protein: 36g

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6 comments on “Lime Cilantro Shrimp and Black Bean Salad”

  1. This salad looks so fresh and delicious! And I love the mix-and-match ingredients you listed, too. YUM!

  2. I am visiting my parents this weekend and Mom put some home grown cucumbers and zucchini in a bag for me. I think I’ll send Jon to get the shrimp and avocado and we’ll be set! I need something quick and light tomorrow when I get back and this looks delicious!

  3. We loved this one too! Jon did the shrimp on the grill in a foil pan while I got the rest of the salad together. I ended up adding more cumin at the end too–I love it as much as cilantro. The sauce is so good over the cucumber and black beans!

    Rating: 5
    • Thanks for the 5 star review and glad you loved this one! Grilled shrimp has such a wonderful flavor and I agree about the sauce (and more cumin too!) – so good over the other cucumber and black beans!

      I am really glad you’re loving the shrimp recipes. I just made a couple more over the weekend to be doled out in the weeks to come.

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