Perfect for summer, cold Shrimp Avocado Salad with creamy yogurt dressing is ready in 15 minutes and requires no cooking.

Avocado makes any salad better! From avocado salad to avocado corn salad, chicken avocado salad and avocado spinach salad, this fruit is perfect for making salads!

Closeup of shrimp avocado salad with tomatoes, peppers and creamy yogurt dressing.

This shrimp avocado salad is perfect for summertime! It’s our favorite salad along with this cucumber tomato avocado salad and tuna avocado salad!

The base of the shrimp and avocado salad are vegetables like cucumbers, tomatoes, bell pepper and avocado tossed in creamy salad dressing.

It would pair nicely with a summer soup like sun dried tomato soup or salmon soup.

Why You Will Love This Recipe

  • Quick: You only need 15 minutes using store-bought cooked shrimp. You can also air fry shrimp.
  • Tasty: Avocado shrimp salad is light, refreshing, creamy and zesty.
  • Healthy: Made with fresh ingredients and loaded with fiber and protein. It is also low carb and gluten-free.
  • No cook recipe: Keeps kitchen cool during hot summer days.

Ingredients for Shrimp Avocado Salad

To make shrimp avocado salad recipe you will need a few simple ingredients. You can use store-bought cooked shrimp or raw shrimp, if preferred. This salad recipe is also perfect for cleaning out the vegetable drawers, so use what you have on hand!

  • Cooked shrimp: You will need one pound of shrimp. Buy large shrimp and chop it or use smaller sized shrimp and save money.
  • Avocado: Choose avocado that is dark green in color and a bit soft to the touch. Don’t buy too soft avocado as it will become mushy in a salad.
  • Tomatoes: Grape tomatoes or cherry tomatoes will work the best in shrimp and avocado salad because they don’t leak.
  • Bell pepper: Any color works, red bell pepper, yellow bell pepper, or even orange bell pepper. You can use green bell pepper if you like its less sweet taste.
  • Cucumber: I use long English cucumber as you do not need to peel it. I recommend to peel garden cucumbers with thicker skin.
  • Fresh cilantro: Feel free to use fresh parsley or fresh dill instead to add more flavor to shrimp avocado salad.
  • Plain yogurt: Greek yogurt or regular yogurt with 2% fat or higher. You might have to thin out Greek yogurt with a bit of water to reach correct consistency.
  • White vinegar: To balance out the flavors in salad dressing.
  • Simple spices: Garlic powder, salt and pepper.

How to Make Shrimp Avocado Salad

Here is a quick overview how to make shrimp avocado salad. Full recipe card is located below.

Yogurt, vinegar, garlic powder, salt and pepper in measuring cup with a fork.

Make the dressing: In a small bowl, add yogurt, vinegar, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Whisk with a fork and set aside.

Shrimp and veggies in black bowl.

Chop vegetables: Chop tomatoes, cucumbers, bell pepper, avocado and cilantro. Add them to a large bowl along with cooked shrimp.

Shrimp, tomatoes, cucumber, peppers, avocado and cilantro with yogurt dressing in a bowl.

Combine: Pour dressing on top of vegetables and shrimp and mix gently to combine. Serve avocado shrimp salad chilled.

Tips for Best Results

Here are my top tips for the best shrimp avocado salad recipe in the world!

  • Large shrimp: Cut in half or even more bite-sized pieces, so you can get juicy shrimp in every bite of a salad.
  • Use ripe but firm avocados: Be sure avocado is not overly ripe and soft for a clean look. Add it last before mixing the salad.
  • Not sure the best method to dice your avocado? Check out this detailed step by step guide on how to cut an avocado.
  • Using Greek yogurt: Feel free to use Greek yogurt to make the dressing but make sure to thin it out with milk or water if the dressing turns out too thick.

Variations

This shrimp avocado salad is quite versatile. Here are a few ideas how to make it your own or use what you have on hand.

  • Zesty shrimp and avocado salad: Add 1/4 cup finely chopped red onion.
  • Add a touch of mayo: Replace a few tablespoons of yogurt with mayonnaise like I do in tuna egg salad or healthy potato salad.
  • No vinegar? Use fresh lemon juice or lime juice instead.
  • Make it spicy: Add a pinch of cayenne pepper or a few dashes of hot sauce or sriracha to the dressing.
  • Grilled chicken: Instead of shrimp, use diced grilled chicken breast.
  • Grilled shrimp: Add a layer of flavor with grilled shrimp skewers.
  • Crab meat: You can buy canned crab meat which doesn’t have to be cooked and use instead of shrimp.

How To Store Shrimp Avocado Salad

Store: Place shrimp avocado salad leftovers in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 2 days. Surprisingly enough, even all dressed, it keeps its shape pretty well in the fridge. Avocado may turn a bit brown but nothing catastrophic.

I do not recommend to freeze this salad as it has a lot of fresh vegetables that will be mushy upon thawing.

More FAQs

How to cook shrimp for avocado shrimp salad?

You can buy large shrimp or small shrimp that are already cooked, peeled and deveined. They can be frozen or fresh.
If you still need to cook shrimp for this shrimp avocado salad, you can grill shrimp or cook shrimp in air fryer. You can also quickly saute it in a skillet with oil or boil in a pot with salted boiling water until pink and opaque, about 3-4 minutes. Make sure to drain well.

Can I make shrimp avocado salad ahead of time?

Yes. To make shrimp and avocado salad ahead of time, add all vegetables minus the avocado and cilantro to a large bowl. Pour dressing on a side but do not stir. Or refrigerate dressing in a separate container and dress right before serving. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for up to 2 days.

Do I have to cool shrimp after cooking?

Yes, if you end up cooking the shrimp for the salad, be sure to cool it down before adding to the bowl with other salad ingredients.

What to serve with shrimp and avocado salad?

Shrimp avocado salad is high-protein, low carb chock full of vegetables and healthy fats meal. So it is quite filling on its own. You can also serve it with a slice of crusty bread, pita or cooked quinoa on a side.

More Shrimp Recipes to Try

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Shrimp avocado salad served on lettuce leaves on blue plate.
Closeup shrimp avocado salad with tomatoes, peppers and creamy yogurt dressing.

Shrimp Avocado Salad

Perfect for summer, cold Shrimp Avocado Salad with creamy yogurt dressing is ready in 15 minutes and requires no cooking.
5 from 22 votes
Servings 7 servings
Calories 245
Diet Gluten Free
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes

Ingredients 
 

Yogurt Dressing:

Shrimp Avocado Salad:

  • 1 lb cooked frozen shrimp thawed & drained
  • 1 pint grape tomatoes cut in halves
  • 1 lb long English cucumber chopped
  • 2 large bell peppers chopped
  • 3 medium avocados chopped
  • 1/2 cup cilantro finely chopped

Instructions 

  • In a small bowl, add yogurt, vinegar, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Whisk with a fork and set aside.
  • In a large salad bowl, add shrimps, tomato, cucumber, bell pepper, avocado and cilantro.
  • Pour dressing on top and mix gently to combine. Serve chilled.

Notes

  • Store: Refrigerate covered for up to 2 days (dressed is OK).
  • Make Ahead: Just leave out avocado and cilantro. Pour dressing on a side but do not stir. Or refrigerate dressing in a separate container and add before serving.
  • If using thick Greek yogurt, thin it out with a few tbsp of water.
  • Smaller sized shrimp is great for this salad as it’s cheaper. If using large shrimp, cut in half.

Nutrition

Serving: 1cup | Calories: 245kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 18g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 164mg | Sodium: 690mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 5g
Course: Salad
Cuisine: North American
Author: Olena Osipov
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  1. 5 stars
    Five stars. Bravo Olena. I developed a taste for avocado attending grad school in California. My mother always made avocado stuffed with shrimp as appetizers for New Year’s parties at my parents’ home.

  2. 5 stars
    Absolutely delicious! I made this in half batches 3 times. Everyone I shared this with thought it was a definite keeper. Love all the fresh veggies and to be honest, you had me at avocado!!

  3. 5 stars
    This recipe is definitely a keeper for my “Favorite Recipes” notebook for sure!! I was skeptical while prepping everything because of the simplicity of it and wondering if my husband would approve of such a simple salad for dinner, but we were both very impressed by the flavors! Everything works so well together – shout out to the fresh cilantro and the dressing – the dressing (so yummy)!!! I did season my shrimp with my husband’s homegrown / dehydrated / ground hot chili pepper powder and warmed them in a pan with a little EVOO before topping the salad with them. The depth of the flavors, the crispy-crunch of the fresh veggies, the fresh-from-the-garden tastes – they all marry so well together to make this a perfect meal. I love your recipes, I haven’t tried one yet that I didn’t love, and this one is definitely one of my favorites!

    1. I will take your comment and add it to the description of the recipe. So good haha. Glad you all enjoyed and thank you so much for your kind words.

  4. 5 stars
    Don’t know who developed your site, but it’s very good! Very clean and easy to read with good photography. I also love the print function for your recipes! It works better than any other I’ve ever come across so far–much better than the one found on AllRecipes.com. Beautiful color photo, clean space, crisp, and nice to look at and read! Very good. Thanks!

    1. Thank you! My husband did, I will pass on your compliments. We are working on redesign this year to make it even more user friendly.:)

  5. 5 stars
    just made this salad for the first time today and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Prepared a Greek theme meal and it fit perfectly. I will make again on any evening

  6. 5 stars
    I made this recipe today used fresh squeezed lemon juice instead of the vinegar and added some mint leaves Fantastic Recipe Thank You!! 🙂

  7. 5 stars
    Found this one on Pinterest. Clicked through to your site to let you know my family thought this was awesome as did I. A lot of chopping, but no cooking! And the dressing was so light, which my mother-in-law gave her approval on 😉

    1. Thank you for letting me know and Yay! My mother in law lives very far away but I understand what you mean. Mine says hemp products make her blood pressure go up. So I get it lol.

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