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Pesto Shrimp & Avocado Salad

Total time:

30 min

Prep time:

20 min

Cook time:

10 min

Nutritional Highlights (Per serving) See Full
270 Calories
14 g Fat
5 g Fiber
630 mg Sodium
24 g Carbs
Pesto Shrimp & Avocado Salad


A perfectly protein packed dinner salad with pesto shrimp, fresh California Avocados, and more!


Serves: 6

1 Tbsp. coconut oil
1 Tbsp. garlic, minced
1 lb. shrimp, medium-sized, peeled, deveined and tail removed
1/4 cup prepared basil pesto
4 cups arugula
1 honeydew melon, formed into small melon balls (or 1 inch cubes)
2 ripe, Fresh California Avocados, seeded, peeled and cubed
1 lime, juiced
4 Tbsp. white balsamic vinegar
1/8 tsp. kosher salt, or to taste
1/8 tsp. black pepper, freshly cracked, or to taste

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


  1. In a medium skillet, heat the coconut oil.
  2. Add the garlic and cook for 2 minutes, until fragrant.
  3. Add the shrimp, and cook over medium heat for 5 minutes, until a light pink.
  4. Stir in the pesto and cook for an additional 2-3 minutes. Set aside.
  5. In a large bowl, assemble the salad starting with the arugula and melon. Top with prepared shrimp, then California Avocado. Drizzle with lime juice, white balsamic vinegar and sprinkle with Kosher Salt and freshly cracked black pepper, to taste.

*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.

Nutrition information per serving

Calories 270
Total Fat 14 g (Sat 4 g, Trans 0 g, Poly 1 g, Mono 5 g)
Cholesterol 95 mg
Sodium 630 mg
Potassium 780 mg
Total Carbohydrates 24 g
Dietary Fiber 5 g
Total Sugar 16 g
Protein 13 g

Vitamin A 71 mcg; Vitamin C 38 mg; Calcium 104 mg; Iron 1 mg; Vitamin D 0 mcg; Folate 87 mcg; Omega 3 Fatty Acid 0 g

% Daily Value*: Vitamin A 8%; Vitamin C 60%; Calcium 10%; Iron 6 %; Vitamin D 0%

*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

Kristen Doyle is the creator of the award winning website, Dine & Dish. Since early 2006, Kristen has been sharing her favorite recipes, photographs and life stories with an ever growing audience of engaged readers. Kristen has expanded her reach to include working with major brands, as well as providing editorial content and direction for nationwide print publications and websites. Her freelance writing career spans working with magazines on a local and national level as well as creating valuable web content for a variety of sites across the web. Kristen is a busy mom of 4 young kids, loves to entertain, has a passion for photography, and believes in keeping things simple.

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