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Quick Avocado Shrimp Caesar

4 servings Prep time: 15 min

If you’re looking for a new salad recipe that’s high in protein and takes under 30 minutes to put together, you’re going to love this one. 

It’s a take on the flavors and textures of a classic Caesar, but with a lemony avocado dressing and garlic shrimp that take minimal ingredients and time to prepare. 

Avocados are one of my all-time favorite healthy fats and the perfect base for a creamy dressing like this one. They’re rich in vitamins C, E, K, as well as several B vitamins, and they provide potassium, magnesium, and antioxidants like beta-carotene. Avocados are also high in fiber which, combined with their monounsaturated fats, makes them very satiating and great for blood sugar regulation.  

Wishing you health and happiness,
Mark Hyman, MD 

Quick Avocado Shrimp Caesar Easy Healthy Recipe


Garlic Shrimp

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 lemon, zested (save the lemon for serving over the cooked shrimp)
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 ¼ pounds shrimp, peeled and deveined

Lemon Avocado Dressing

  • 1 avocado
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon capers, drained
  • 1 lemon juiced (about 3 tablespoons)
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon gluten-free Worcestershire sauce
  • ¼ cup filtered water


  • 6 heads little gem lettuce, or any other lettuce of preference such as romaine or iceberg lettuce, or a mixture
  • 2 tablespoons capers, drained and patted dry using a paper towel


Step 1 Quick Avocado Shrimp Caesar Healthy Recipe

Step 1

To prepare the shrimp, add the olive oil, garlic, lemon zest, and sea salt to a bowl. Add the shrimp and stir to combine. Marinade while preparing the rest of the salad components.

Step 2 Quick Avocado Shrimp Caesar Healthy Recipe

Step 2

Make the dressing by adding all of the dressing ingredients into a high-speed blender, blend until smooth. Adjust the thickness of the dressing with more filtered water if needed, though it should be more thick than thin.

Step 3 Quick Avocado Shrimp Caesar Healthy Recipe

Step 3

Preheat a large cast iron pan over medium-high heat. Once the pan is hot add the shrimp and fry for 1-2 minutes per side. Transfer the shrimp from the pan onto a plate, squeeze lemon juice from the zested lemon over the shrimp and set aside while frying the remaining capers.

Step 4 Quick Avocado Shrimp Caesar Healthy Recipe

Step 4

Heat the cast iron pan over medium-high heat again to fry the capers (from the salad ingredients). Add the capers to the pan and fry until golden brown, about 30-45 seconds. Remove capers from the pan and transfer onto a plate lined with a paper towel to drain.

Step 5 Quick Avocado Shrimp Caesar Healthy Recipe

Step 5

To assemble the salad, toss lettuce of choice together with the dressing in a large bowl until evenly coated. Top with the shrimp and garnish with the crispy capers to finish, serve immediately.

Nutritional Information

Nutritional analysis per serving: Calories: 190, Total Fat: 11g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 158mg, Sodium: 1751mg, Carbohydrates: 10g, Fiber: 4g, Sugars: 3g, Protein: 19g, Net Carbs: 5g

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