California Avocado and Poached Shrimp Salad

I am often amazed at how versatile avocados are. Their creamy texture is ideal for smoothies and homemade ice cream, while their savory flavor adds depth to a multitude of entrées.


The images below are from a recent shoot we did for the CA Avocado Commission. We are including the recipe for this beautiful Shrimp and Avocado Salad so you can make it at home. Bon appétit!

poached shrimp

CA Avocado and Poached Shrimp Salad Recipe

"I love the combination of great domestic shrimp and ripe avocado, two degrees of richness that work well with the foil of citrus. The vinaigrette can be made in advance. What I am getting at is that there is no excuse not to make this salad… it’s so easy and so good."  - Hugh Acheson, Recipe Developer for CA Avocado Commission.

Serves 4

For the Vinaigrette:

1 garlic clove, peeled and lightly smashed
1 tsp. Dijon mustard
¼ cup olive oil
1 Tbsp. white wine vinegar
1 Tbsp. freshly squeezed lemon juice
½ tsp. fresh tarragon, finely chopped
Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
½ tsp. kosher salt

For the Poached Shrimp:

2 Tbsp. kosher salt
1 Tbsp. Old Bay® seasoning
2 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
1 lb. (21-25) count domestic fresh shrimp, peeled

For the Salad:

1 large ruby red grapefruit
1 navel orange
2 ripe, Fresh California Avocados, peeled, seeded and sliced into ½-in.  thick pieces
1 Tbsp. freshly squeezed lime juice
1 head Belgian endive
½ cup pulled flat leaf parsley leaves
¼ cup minced fresh chives
Sea salt, to taste

Here are some of our favorite images with CA Avocado
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Avocado BLT Sandwich
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