Shrimp and Avocado Salad Appetizer

Shrimp and Avocado Salad Appetizer
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Shrimp and Avocado

Jane Bruce

Shrimp and Avocado

One of the greatest tricks to a dinner party is finding menu items that look impressive without actually taking much work. This simple appetizer fits the bill — it only requires a few minutes of prep, but by showcasing it in the avocado shell you get a unique presentation that will wow any guests.

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If you are not sure about the freshness of your shrimp (or if your shrimp is previously frozen), you may boil the shrimp longer and simply toss the shrimp in the lemon juice before serving.



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  • 1/2  shrimp
  • lemons
  • 1/2  tomatoes, diced
  • 1/2  frisée, chopped
  • olive oil
  • avocados
  • Pinch of  salt
  • balsamic vinegar


Boil shrimp in salted water for 2 minutes. Strain, cool, and then take 2 lemons and squeeze them over the shrimp. Let the shrimp sit in the lemon juice for 2-3 hours until the lemon has "cooked" the shrimp a bit more. Dice the shrimp.

Combine the shrimp, tomatoes, frisée, and olive oil in a bowl. Cut each avocado in half, carefully remove the meat, and then dice the avocado, careful to not rip the shell of the avocado. Mix the diced avocado with the other ingredients and then add the mixture back into the avocado shells. Squeeze the remaining lemon on top along with the salt and a drizzle of balsamic vinegar.

Shrimp Shopping Tip

To save time, buy shrimp that has been cleaned and deveined.

Shrimp Cooking Tip

Leaving the tail on shrimp will add a richer flavor to your dish.

Shrimp Wine Pairing

Sweet chenin blanc, muscat, or amontillado sherry with nut-based desserts; sauternes or sweet German wines with pound cake, cheesecake, and other mildly sweet desserts; sweet chenin blanc or muscat or Alsatian vendange tardive (late harvest) wines with sweeter desserts; sweet chenin blanc or muscat or Alsatian vendange tardive (late harvest) wines, port, madeira, late-harvest zinfandel, or cabernet sauvignon or cabernet franc with chocolate desserts.