Whole30 Spicy Shrimp Salad

March 03, 2020

A throwback appetizer or starter often served at traditional weddings, office party buffets, and hotel cocktail receptions, shrimp cocktail is the classic pairing of boiled, blushing tail-on shrimp and ruby, horseradish-rich cocktail sauce. When just-cooked so the meat is tender and not rubbery, the shrimp have a slightly sweet flavor and sturdy consistency that stands up well to dunking in the tomato-thick, nose-tickling spicy sauce that accompanies it. 

We made a spicy spin on this classic combo with Whole30-Approved Primal Kitchen Cocktail Sauce, plump shrimp, and a simple salad with diced jalapeños. The creamy, fatty avocado slices allow the kicky cocktail sauce and sweet shrimp to linger on your tongue a bit for lasting satisfaction.

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Whole30 Spicy Shrimp Salad

Time: 5–15 minutes (5 if using already cooked shrimp)

Servings: 1


  • 3 ounces medium shrimp, deveined, peeled, and cooked (about 10–12 pieces)
  • 1/4 cup Primal Kitchen Cocktail Sauce
  • 1 small head butter lettuce, washed, dried, and torn into bite-sized pieces
  • 1/2 stalk celery, chopped into pieces
  • 6 cherry tomatoes, cut in half
  • 1/2 jalapeño pepper, diced (de-seeded if you like it less spicy)
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon Primal Kitchen Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 avocado, cut into quarters
  • 1 tablespoon cilantro, chopped
  • 2 lime wedges


  • Place the cooked shrimp in a bowl. Pour the cocktail sauce over the shrimp. Stir well to combine.

Whole30 Spicy Shrimp Salad

  • Place the lettuce, celery, tomatoes, and jalapeño peppers in a large bowl. Drizzle salad with fresh lime juice, olive oil, salt, and pepper. Toss to combine.
  • Add avocado quarters to the salad, and sprinkle with fresh chopped cilantro. Tumble the shrimp on top of the salad. 
  • Serve salad with lime wedges, and enjoy!

Whole30 Spicy Shrimp Salad

Nutritional info (per serving):

Calories: 476

Carbs: 26 grams

Fat: 36 grams

Protein: 19 grams

Nutritional information calculated using Cronometer.

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