Apr 11
2013

10-Minute Thai Shrimp, Cucumber & Avocado Salad Recipe

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10-Minute Thai Shrimp, Cucumber & Avocado Salad Recipe #recipe #healthy

“Quick lunch” does not have to mean “boring lunch”. Believe me, I’ve had my fair share of lackluster sandwiches or past-their-prime leftovers, but leaving the table dissatisfied leads to trouble. Snacking kind of trouble. And I don’t mean the good kind of snacking. A couple of cheese and crackers here, a handful of chips there. Before you know it, you’re digging through the pantry for any tiny morsel of chocolate that you can find. An almost-empty bag of chocolate chips? Score!

The only way that I can head off this inevitable downward spiral is by eating a lunch that actually satisfies me. Something with flavor and a good dose of protein.

This Thai-inspired shrimp, cucumber and avocado salad meets both of those criteria. And it truly only took ten minutes to make. While you’re waiting for the water to boil for the shrimp, slice the cucumber and avocado, and quickly whisk together the simple dressing. The shrimp cook for only one minute (any longer and they’ll be little rubber specimens), and are ready to add to the vegetables and dressing as soon as you scoop them out of the ice water bath.

Quick, easy and tasty.

Snacking crisis averted.

The recipe:

The dressing:

In a small bowl, whisk together the rice vinegar, fish sauce, agave nectar and chili garlic sauce.

10-Minute Thai Shrimp, Cucumber & Avocado Salad Recipe #recipe #healthy

The salad:

Prepare a bowl of ice water.

Set a large saucepan of water over high heat, and bring the water to a boil. Add the shrimp and boil until the shrimp is just cooked through, 60 to 75 seconds. Drain and immediately plunge the shrimp into the ice water to stop them from cooking further. Drain.

10-Minute Thai Shrimp, Cucumber & Avocado Salad Recipe #recipe #healthy

In a medium bowl, mix together the shrimp, cucumber, avocado and cilantro.

10-Minute Thai Shrimp, Cucumber & Avocado Salad Recipe #recipe #healthy

Pour in the dressing and toss to combine. Serve.

More shrimp recipes:

Shrimp Recipe by Cookin' Canuck
Cookin’ Canuck’s Fisherman’s Soup Recipe with Tilapia, Shrimp, Tomatoes & Capers
Cookin’ Canuck’s Salad Cups with Quinoa, Shrimp, Avocado & Lemon Dressing Recipe
Gimme Some Oven’s Chipotle Lime Shrimp
Garlic My Soul’s Paleo Pesto with Shrimp & Zucchini
Clookbook’s Shrimp Pad Thai

10-Minute Thai Shrimp, Cucumber & Avocado Salad Recipe

Yield: Serves 2

Serving Size: 1 1/4 cups (approximately)

Calories per serving: 201.2 cal

Fat per serving: Total 5.4g / Saturated Fat 0.9g

10-Minute Thai Shrimp, Cucumber & Avocado Salad Recipe

From the kitchen of Cookin' Canuck. www.cookincanuck.com

Ingredients

    The dressing:
  • 1 1/2 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 1 tbsp fish sauce
  • 2 tsp agave nectar
  • 1/2 tsp chili garlic sauce
  • The salad:
  • 1/2 lb shrimp, shelled & deveined
  • 1/2 English cucumber, cut in half lengthwise & thinly sliced
  • 1/4 avocado, diced
  • 2 tbsp minced cilantro

Instructions

    The dressing:
  1. In a small bowl, whisk together the rice vinegar, fish sauce, agave nectar and chili garlic sauce.
  2. The salad:
  3. Prepare a bowl of ice water.
  4. Set a large saucepan of water over high heat, and bring the water to a boil. Add the shrimp and boil until the shrimp is just cooked through, 60 to 75 seconds. Drain and immediately plunge the shrimp into the ice water to stop them from cooking further. Drain
  5. In a medium bowl, mix together the shrimp, cucumber, avocado and cilantro. Pour in the dressing and toss to combine. Serve.

Notes

Calories 201.2 / Total Fat 5.4g / Saturated Fat 0.9g / Cholesterol 172.3mg / Sodium 1045.3mg / Total Carbohydrates 13.8g / Fiber 1.9g / Sugar 9.2g / Protein 24.3g / WW (Old Points) 4 / WW (Points+) 5

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{ 29 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Kalyn April 11, 2013 at 6:10 am

I love the sound of this salad, especially the dressing. Sounds like a perfect lunch to me.

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2 Liz @ The Lemon Bowl April 11, 2013 at 6:17 am

I can’t get over how beautiful your shrimp looks!!! Love the simplicity of this flavorful salad!

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3 Tieghan April 11, 2013 at 6:40 am

Thai shrimp!!! Yes, please! These look and sound awesome! I have a serious obsession with thai food right now. It is getting out of hand.

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4 shelly (cookies and cups) April 11, 2013 at 6:58 am

I’m making this. And not sharing.

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5 Gerry @ Foodness Gracious April 11, 2013 at 7:12 am

Looks super fresh, my kinda dealio!

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6 Kari@Loaves n Dishes April 11, 2013 at 7:14 am

I love that this dish is super quick to make, yet it’s still packed full of flavor!

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7 Bev @ Bev Cooks April 11, 2013 at 7:38 am

Fish sauce rules my life, sooooo this is basically a done deal.

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8 Cassie | Bake Your Day April 11, 2013 at 7:46 am

Fabulous salad, Dara. I can’t get over the flavors of the dressing!

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9 marla April 11, 2013 at 7:52 am

10 minutes for this great salad? I’m in!

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10 Elle April 11, 2013 at 8:27 am

Sounds delicious and just what I need for work lunches – little prep and very delicious! Thank you!

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11 Carla @ Carlas Confections April 11, 2013 at 9:42 am

I am LOVING how fresh that looks! I cant wait to make this!! :)

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12 Laura (Tutti Dolci) April 11, 2013 at 9:57 am

Love this salad, Dara – it looks so tasty and refreshing!

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13 Sally@gooddinnermom April 11, 2013 at 10:15 am

Ooooh, delicious and refreshing! Thanks for the recipe. :)

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14 addie | culicurious April 11, 2013 at 11:50 am

This looks fantastic, Dara. Those large shrimp are so pretty! Great lunch dish!!

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15 Jeanette April 11, 2013 at 6:08 pm

What a beautiful lunch Dara – and I love that it only takes 10 minutes!

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16 Paula - bell'alimento April 12, 2013 at 11:05 am

I’m going to need an extra bowl please ; )

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17 Angie April 12, 2013 at 11:06 am

Gorgeous photos! I love fast shrimp recipes, can’t wait to try this!

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18 Christy @ My Invisible Crown April 12, 2013 at 1:56 pm

Oh this sounds so good! I love Thai flavors and anything with avocado. It’s light and healthy and looks so simple. Love it!

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19 Jessica@AKitchenAddiction April 12, 2013 at 2:52 pm

There is nothing boring about this salad! It looks so fresh and delicious!

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20 Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking April 12, 2013 at 3:05 pm

How fabulous is this? I love how easy it is too. The easier the better in the spring/summer!

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21 Nutmeg Nanny April 12, 2013 at 7:57 pm

Yum! This my kind of lunch :) it looks so satisfying!

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22 Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen April 13, 2013 at 10:18 pm

I can’t think of anything better for lunch! So simple but so much flavor there. I just love your recipes!

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23 Carolyn April 14, 2013 at 9:52 am

I LOVE this recipe, Dara. This is just ideal for me, so fresh. I am pinning it.

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24 kirsten@FarmFreshFeasts April 14, 2013 at 11:33 am

Dara,
You’re so right that when I eat something that satisfies me, that I wanted to eat, I do far better with the afternoon/evening snacking than if I eat something that’s handy or needs to be ‘et up’.
This salad looks so cool and inviting, and excellent job on the droplet photo! That’s really cool to see, and I bet you were pretty psyched to see it come out so well.
Thanks!

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25 Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust April 15, 2013 at 8:06 pm

This sounds like the perfect salad!

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26 Becky at Vintage Mixer April 16, 2013 at 2:11 pm

I’m all about a 10 minute meal these days! Great recipe Dara and I’m so glad to hear than you guys are okay.

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27 Renee - Kudos Kitchen April 18, 2013 at 6:42 pm

I’ve just printed this recipe. It sounds like such a wonderfully flavorful light lunch or dinner. Plus, I love that it has a little heat. Mmmmm. Thanks Dara.

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28 Sherri @The Well Floured Kitchen April 26, 2013 at 8:37 am

Looks simple and delicious!

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29 Justin @ Marlows Kitchen May 3, 2013 at 3:01 pm

Very inspiring recipe, I’ll def have to try it out. I love new shrimp recipes. What’s the best substitute for agave nectar? Honey?

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