Avocado Mango Shrimp Salad — With tropical fruit, avocado, red onion, lime juice, cilantro, and plump JUICY shrimp, this EASY 15-minute recipe will become a new FAVORITE!! Healthy and light with an assortment of wonderful flavors in every bite!!
Pineapple Mango Avocado Shrimp Salad
This shrimp and mango salad is a perfect warm weather recipe when it’s too hot to cook much of anything. It’s sweet from the fruit, yet savory, with a tiny bit of heat from the optional serrano chile, along with the acidity of the lime juice.
It’s light yet will keep you satisfied while also being refreshing. Only 300 calories per serving and totally my kind of food. I could eat this every day and not tire of it!
If you can eat it in front of a beach or lake with plenty of tortilla chips to spoon it over, even better. It reminds me of a Mexican-inspired tropical shrimp ceviche but rather than relying on lime juice to ‘cook’ the shrimp, I boiled them.
Tip: If you’re into chicken with a similar flavor profile, try this Grilled Mango Pineapple Chicken.
Ingredients for Avocado Mango Shrimp Salad
For this recipe I used:
- Red onion
- Serrano chile or jalapeno pepper
- Lime juice
How to Make Avocado Mango Shrimp Salad
This shrimp salad with pineapple and mango is a cinch to make and comes together in just 20 minutes! Here’s how the salad is made:
- Clean the shrimp (or have your butcher do it for you), and boil them for two to 3 minutes, or less, depending on their size. Immediately submerge them in an ice bath.
- While the shrimp are chilling, cut and dice all the remaining ingredients, and put everything all into a large bowl along with the cumin, lime juice, salt and pepper.
- Make sure to season amply with salt and pepper, to taste.
- This salad does have a decent amount of dicing and chopping but it goes pretty fast, especially if you have one other set of hands helping you. Put on some beachy music and make a margarita while you’re at it!
What Size Shrimp Should I Buy?
I used one pound of fresh, raw shrimp with shells intact that I needed to remove and de-vein.
I used medium U20 shrimp, meaning approximately 20 per pound. You can use smaller or larger shrimp if you prefer.
Can I Use Frozen Fruit?
If you can get it, 100% go with fresh mango and pineapple.
However, when it’s not the summer months or in season, or if you live in an area where it’s tricky to get good fresh mango or pineapple, you can use frozen.
If you use frozen fruit, you have to make sure to thaw it and drain all of the excess liquid and juices that are released and discard it. Don’t add it to the salad or it will be watered down and overly juicy.
Tips for Making Avocado Shrimp Mango Salad
Remember that shrimp cook very fast in boiling water, in a matter of 90 seconds to three minutes, and you don’t want to overcook them.
I have not tried this recipe with frozen shrimp that have been previously cooked, such as what you can buy in the freezer case of your grocery store.
This shrimp and mango salad recipe is incredibly flexible in terms of the exact ingredients and ratios of them that you use.
Want it less spicy? Use a jalapeño rather than a serrano chile. Scale back the cilantro if you’re not as big of a fan as I am. And I like red onions in total moderation but add more if you love their flavor.
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- 1 pound U20 fresh shrimp, or your favorite sized shrimp, cleaned with shells removed and de-veined (previously cooked frozen shrimp that you thaw may be substituted)
- 1 1/2 cups small-diced fresh mango (frozen may be substituted that you thaw and drain well)
- 1 1/2 cups small-disced fresh pineapple (frozen may be substituted that you thaw and drain well)
- 1/4 cup red onion, diced small, or to taste
- 1 serrano chile or jalapeno pepper, seeded and diced very small (serrano is much hotter than jalapeno)
- 1 ripe Hass avocado, diced into small pieces
- 1/3 cup fresh cilantro, finely minced, or to taste
- 1+ teaspoon cumin, or to taste (I used 2 teaspoons)
- 3 to 4 tablespoons lime juice
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt, or to taste
- 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, or to taste
- Bring salted water to a boil in a small kettle, add the shrimp, and cook for 90 seconds to 3 minutes, immediately remove the shrimp and submerge in an ice bath. Do not overcook the shrimp or they will taste rubbery. Cooking time will depend on the exact size of the shrimp but unless you are using truly jumbo shrimp such as U12 (expensive and not easy to always find) 3 minutes is the maximum boiling time I recommend; I cooked mine for 2 minutes.
- While the shrimp are resting and cooling in an ice bath, chop all remaining ingredients and add them to a medium bowl.
- Add the shrimp, stir well, and taste for seasoning balance, making adjustments as necessary. I recommend serving with tortilla chips or seasoned tortilla chips.
Flavor Tips - Don't be afraid to add more salt and pepper if it's at all flat-tasting, or a splash more lime juice. We love cumin and I added 2 teaspoons but for some people this may be too much. If you want more heat, add a pinch of cayenne pepper or additional serrano. Additional red onion and/or cilantro can also perk up the flavor.
Storage: Salad is best fresh but will keep airtight for up to 2 days in the fridge, noting the avocado will oxidize a bit.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 300Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 217mgSodium: 674mgCarbohydrates: 33gFiber: 5gSugar: 17gProtein: 31g
Favorite Mexican-Inspired Shrimp Recipes:
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!!
Shrimp Ceviche — The EASIEST way to make traditional shrimp ceviche and it tastes the BEST!! Ready in 30 minutes, great as an appetizer, side, or as a healthy main course that everyone LOVES!!
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Beer Battered Shrimp Tacos with Lime Crema – Fast, easy, restaurant-quality tacos at home! Juicy beer-battered shrimp, avocado, cheese, and a zesty lime crema to top it off! Perfect for weeknight dinners and easy entertaining!
Honey Lemon Shrimp and Corn Salad – Tender juicy shrimp nestled in a crunchy fresh salad and everything is coated in an IRRESISTIBLE honey lemon sauce!! An EASY and HEALTHY salad that’s ready in 10 minutes!!
Mexican Shrimp Cocktail – Chilled shrimp, tomatoes, cucumber, onion, jalapeno, creamy avocado, and more are combined in a tomato-based sauce, along with a bit of Mexican hot sauce for some kick!
Sheet Pan Shrimp Fajitas — EASY, ready in 30 minutes, tastes AUTHENTIC, and made on ONE sheet pan to keep things simple – especially on busy nights!! You don’t need to go out to a Mexican restaurant when you can make fajitas this GOOD and healthier at home!!