Curry Shrimp Chopped Salad with Creamy Avocado Dressing

Curry Shrimp Chopped Salad with Creamy Avocado Dressing |

This salad has been rolling around in my brain for a couple of months, and because the sun is setting on summer, I figured it was high time I squeeze this one out.

Things that I love: Curry. Shrimp. Avocado. Mango. Corn. Salad. Chopping (that’s a lie. I’m really not that into chopping). The combination of these elements in a chopped salad is my way of giving myself the best food gift ever.

We sauté up some scrimpers with curry powder, chop up some delicious ingredients, and toss it all with creamy avocado dressing. We then put a force field around our salad bowl so that no one else can share. Juuust kidding, we share because we’re givers.  Riiiight?

Curry Shrimp Chopped Salad with Creamy Avocado Dressing |

Let’s do the ol’ re-wind and repeat. Creamy avocado dressing. Have you had it? Ah-maaaazing! You can put it on any green salad or grain salad. I’m telling you to make creamy avocado dressing. It will improve your life.

I learned from the radio unit that avocados are one of the top three foods that make you feel the happiest (the other two are green tea and dark chocolate. I just blew your mind). Something about something-or-other with some enzyme playing trickydoodles with your happy receptors to make you feel jubilation is what goes on with avocados. Queen of hard facts over here.

But here’s a fun fact: creamy avocado dressing will make you feel happy, especially when it’s snuggling with other hunks of happy.

Curry Shrimp Chopped Salad with Creamy Avocado Dressing |

It’s time.

Lemme see you twerk!

Curry Shrimp Chopped Salad with Creamy Avocado Dressing

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes

Yield: Serves 4

Curry Shrimp Chopped Salad with Creamy Avocado Dressing


    For the Creamy Avocado Dressing:
  • ½ avocado
  • ¼ cup non-fat plain yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • Zest of 1 lime
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt, or to taste
  • For the Curry Shrimp Chopped Salad:
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • ¾ pound raw shrimp, peeled
  • 1 teaspoon yellow curry powder
  • ¼ teaspoon paprika
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 head red leaf lettuce, chopped
  • 1 ear corn, cooked and kernels removed
  • ½ cup red onion, sliced
  • 1 mango, peeled and diced


    To prepare the creamy avocado dressing:
  1. Add all ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth.
  2. Taste dressing and add salt as desired. Place in the refrigerator until ready to serve salad.
  3. To prepare the salad:
  4. Add oil to a large skillet and heat to medium. Add the garlic and sauté for 1 to 2 minutes until very fragrant.
  5. Add the shrimp and cook about 1 minute on one side before flipping them to the other side. Sprinkle shrimp with curry powder, paprika, salt and pepper. Continue cooking until shrimp are pink and cooked all the way through, about an additional 1 to 2 minutes. Set aside.
  6. Wash and pat dry the red lettuce leaves. Chop the leaves and place them in a salad bowl.
  7. Cook the corn by either boiling it in water for 3 to 5 minutes or grilling it. Carefully remove the kernels with a knife.
  8. Add the corn, red onion and mango to the salad and toss with desired amount of creamy avocado dressing. Serve salad with shrimp on top and enjoy!


You will not need all of the creamy avocado dressing for this salad, so store leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. Use for other delicious salads!


  1. I love the sound of this avocado dressing. And heck if it will make me happier than I’ll go for seconds! what a fun fact!

  2. I love curry! It’s probably one of my favorite spices! Plus I love shrimp and avocado so this salad is basically perfect in my book!

  3. OMG! I love curry shrimp, and I can’t believe I’ve never topped it with creamy avocado dressing!!! Totes making!

  4. This is stunning, Julia!! What a lovely dish and an awesome twist on flavors. I must try this soon!!

  5. As a great lover of salads, I would be happy…ecstatic even to snuggle up to a bowl of this salad!

  6. And, curry!! Again!! And I still love it and love shrimp. I didn’t know avocados made me happy and want to dance (and you sure as crap don’t want me to try that twerting stuff. That would be past scary and the men in the white coats would be dragging me off). ANYWAY, I want this salad. I do believe it will be on my grocery list for next week’s dinner. Yum.

    • Sign that my head’s in the clouds: I didn’t even realize until I read your comment that I posted two curry shrimp recipes in a one-week period. Thinking my brain needs a little vaycay. ;)

      • Sure doesn’t bother me! I love curry recipes, so you can’t post too many as far as I’m concerned. Vaycay to the east, ok?

        • LOL, how ’bout I just move there? ;)

          • Come on over. You can have Stephie’s lair, since she’s not home much at all (at least at night). It’s downstairs, and has it’s own full bath, and the large family room is down there with the tv and a pull out couch, in case you want to be super lazy while watching tv. We (meaning Jerry and me) never go down there, at least in the evening. So, yeah. Head this way. ;)

  7. Curried shrimp has got to be probably my favorite way to cook shrimp!! I love it!! But I mean, the avocado dressing? Girl, you know me too well!! Obviously, I am all over that!!
    Shrimps in the freezer and the avocados are getting ripe on the counter, this is dinner tomorrow! YUM!

  8. You do not want to see me twerk, but I will happily let you watch me inhale this salad like a beast.

  9. This sounds great! these are all of my favorite foods too. Thanks for sharing :)

    ps I twerk daily when I’m making dinner. Dancing + cooking is my happy place :)

  10. I hereby crown you the salad queen. This looks amaaaaaze, per usual!

  11. This is beautiful, JUlie. I love the seasoning you used for the shrimp!

  12. Snuggling with hunks of happy sounds like a blast to me!! haha :) Seriously though, this is right up our alley! yum.

  13. I made this salad dressing for our meal tonight. Thanks for sharing…it is delicious.

  14. I wanna feek happy… I need to get on this salad ASAP!

  15. I may have been overly excited for a second there and was typing like a wild woman. Um, I was going for the word feel.


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