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Shrimp, Corn and California Avocado Pasta Salad

Total time:

10 min

Prep time:


Cook time:

10 min

Shrimp, Corn and California Avocado Pasta Salad


Shrimp, corn, yogurt and fresh California Avocado mean this is no side salad. Your guests will give it a starring role on their plates and ask for an encore.


Serves: 8

1 ripe Fresh California Avocado, halved, seeded and peeled
1 (13-oz.) box small shell whole wheat pasta, cooked and rinsed with cold water
1/2 lb. grilled large shrimp, shelled
2 grilled corn cobs, kernels cut off & cobs discarded
1 cup grape or cherry tomatoes, halved
1 cup packed fresh basil leaves
5 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
2 Tbsp. minced shallots
2 Tbsp. nonfat plain Greek yogurt
1/2 tsp. kosher salt
1/2 tsp. ground pepper
As needed Extra salt and pepper, to taste (optional)

As with all fruits and vegetables, wash avocados before cutting.
Check out our tips for how to choose and use California Avocados.


  1. Cut half of the avocado into chunks and the other half into thin slices.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the avocado chunks, cooked pasta, shrimp, corn kernels and tomatoes.
  3. In the bowl of a food processor, combine the basil leaves, olive oil, shallots, Greek yogurt, salt and pepper. Puree until almost smooth.
  4. Pour the dressing over the salad and toss gently to combine. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  5. Lay the avocado slices on top of the pasta salad. Serve.

*Large avocados are recommended for this recipe. A large avocado averages about 8 ounces. If using smaller or larger size avocados adjust the quantity accordingly.

Copyright © 2013, Dara Michalski

Nutrition information per serving

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 Calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

About the author

Dara Michalski, a Canadian (“Canuck”) living in the United States, is the recipe developer and photographer behind the healthy recipe and running site, Cookin’ Canuck. Dara has been sharing her easy, innovative and healthy recipes with her readers since April 2009. More recently, she started writing about her adventures with running, including her first marathon. Starting in September 2011, Dara’s cooking and view on health went through a transformation, leading to a 30-pound weight loss and a new dedication to moderation in eating and exercise. She believes that healthy eating doesn’t need to equal boring food!

Dara is a brand advocate. Their content on the California Avocado Commission website and/or blog is part of their partnership with our organization.


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