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Southwest Shrimp Salad + Memorial Day Ideas

A bright, delicious southwest-inspired shrimp salad, and other recipe ideas for Memorial Day.

This brightly colored shrimp salad is light and savory but filling. It gets it Southwest flair from avocado, cotija cheese, hominy, cilantro and lime. I roasted these shrimp but you could definitely grill them, too, for a Memorial Day weekend meal. This would actually be great with a side of tortilla chips and a cold beer!

Southwest Shrimp Salad

Course Salad
Cuisine American
Keyword shrimp, southwest
Total Time 30 minutes


For the dressing

  • ¼ cup lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons orange juice
  • ½ tablespoon shallot, minced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • Kosher salt, to taste
  • Freshly ground black pepper

For the salad

  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • ¾ pound shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • ½ can can hominy (15 oz.), rinsed and drained
  • ¾ pound cherry tomatoes, halved
  • ½ cup cilantro, finely chopped
  • 1 avocado, quartered and thinly sliced
  • 3 ounces crumbled cotija cheese
  • 4 cups baby arugula, packed
  • Kosher salt, to taste
  • Freshly cracked black pepper
  • Lime wedges


  1. 1. In a mixing bowl, whisk the citrus juices, shallots, garlic, cumin, cayenne, and honey together until combined. Slowly drizzle in the olive oil in a thin and steady stream until the dressing becomes emulsified. Taste and adjust with salt and pepper and set aside.

  2. 2. Pat dry and season peeled and deveined shrimp on both sides. In a large sauté pan over medium-high heat, add 1 tablespoon of olive oil to the pan, heat for a minute or so, and drop in the shrimp. Cook for about 1-2 minutes on each side until shrimp are pink and slightly fried. Take off heat and transfer to a large mixing bowl. Add the hominy and sliced tomatoes to the mixing bowl and pour in half of the vinaigrette. Toss to coat and let sit for a few minutes.

  3. 3. Meanwhile finely chop the cilantro, thinly slice the avocado, and crumble half of the cotija cheese. Add the prepped ingredients to the shrimp and hominy mixture and fold in the arugula. Pour in the remaining vinaigrette and toss to coat. Season the salad generously with kosher salt, pepper, and a squeeze of lime juice.

  4. 4. Transfer salad to a serving platter, sprinkle with the remaining cheese, and serve.

Hope you all have a great Memorial Day weekend! If you are looking for other recipes for the weekend, I pulled together a few below!

When in doubt, go with a cheese plate 🙂

Bon Appétit!

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