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Avocado-Dressed Shrimp à la Mexicana


Avocado-Dressed Shrimp à la Mexicana

This fresh and zesty dish never fails to disappoint. Your guests will love this simple party food, and you’ll love making it!


recipe courtesy of Rick Bayless


  • 12 Ounces (about 2 1/2 cups) medium-small shrimp, peeled, deveined, and cooked
  • 1 medium white onion, cut into 1/4-inch pieces
  • 1 large red-ripe tomato, cut into 1/4-inch pieces (should yield 1 generous cup) or sun dried tomatoes
  • 1/4 to 1/4 Cup fresh lime juice
  • Hot green chiles to taste (usually 3 serranoes or 1 to 2 jalapenos), stemmed and roughly chopped
  • 1 medium, ripe avocado, pitted, flesh scooped from the skin and roughly chopped
  • 1/3 Cup (loosely packed) cilantro, roughly chopped (thick bottom stems cut off), plus sprigs for garnish
  • Salt


In a medium bowl, combine the shrimp, onion, and tomato. Measure the lime juice into a food processor or blender. Cover and turn on. Drop in the chile(s) and, when chopped, turn off device and scoop in the avocado and cilantro. Process until smooth. Thin to a “creamy dressing” consistency with water, usually 2 to 3 tablespoons. Taste and season with salt, usually about 1 teaspoon (you will have about 1½ cups). Mix the dressing into the shrimp mixture. Cover with plastic wrap directly on the surface of the shrimp à la Mexicana and refrigerate. When you’re ready to serve, scoop into a serving bowl, decorate with a cilantro sprigs and it’s ready.