Shrimp Salad with Avocado Ranch Dressing #SundaySupper

This week Sunday Supper takes a trip to the tropics! We’re bringing you over 40 recipes to inspire you get your tropical menu on!
When I think of tropical foods, I imagine lounging on a beach, eating native cuisine. I’d be sipping exotic drinks and dancing to island music.
There would be seafood aplenty. Smells of pineapple and coconut mixing with warm spices drift on gentle breezes.

Shrimp Avocado Dressing

tropical sunset

Shrimp beckoned me this week. So why not a shrimp salad? A little smoky-sweetness goes far with shrimp.

Avocados are grown all over the tropics. These fruits add creaminess to salads and dressings. High in fiber, healthy fat, potassium, Vitamin C, Vitamin B-6, and magnesium.

Why sunflower seeds? Sunflower seeds have all the nutrition of avocados plus added protein! Oh yes, the crunch factor, too.

This shrimp salad takes gently steamed shrimp and tosses it with smoked sun-dried tomatoes (my new favorite), shallots, toasted sunflower seeds and avocado.

I added ranch dressing to this combo so I wouldn’t get too homesick! Serve it up on a bed of arugula for a terrific main dish or side salad.

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See it is nice to travel but there is no place like home! That doesn’t mean I can’t daydream, right!


Shrimp Salad with Avocado Ranch Dressing


  • 1 pound shrimp, peeled and de-veined
  • 1/2 cup chopped smoked sun-dried tomatoes or regular sun-dried tomatoes
  • 1 small shallot, minced (about 2 Tablespoons)
  • 1/4 cup toasted sunflower seeds
  • 1/2 cup avocado chopped, divided plus some avocado to garnish
  • 1/4 cup ranch dressing (homemade or purchased)
  • lemon juice
  • 1 (5 ounce) package baby arugula.


  • Steam shrimp until opaque and thoroughly cooked. Chill.
  • Dip avocado pieces in lemon juice to prevent browning. Mash 1/4 cup avocado. Add to dressing. set aside.
  • Mix chilled shrimp. tomatoes, shallots, sunflower seeds and 1/4 cup avocado pieces together. Toss with dressing.
  • Arrange salad on bed of arugula. Garnish with avocado slices.


You can substitute regular sun-dried tomatoes and 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika in place of smoked sun-dried tomatoes.

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58 Responses to Shrimp Salad with Avocado Ranch Dressing #SundaySupper

  1. Looks delicious, thanks for hosting!
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  2. Renee says:

    I could eat this salad for days and then a few days after that. Wow! Love it! And thanks so much for hosting this Tropical Food event.
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  3. Gaila says:

    Looks soo good, avocado and shrimp is always a great combination!
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  11. Soni says:

    Love the avocado ranch dressing and cannot wait to try since we’re big avocado lovers here!Thanks for hosting Cindy!
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  12. I am going to be all over this shrimp salad and that dressing. Thanks for hosting with me.
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  22. The perfect meal….quick, easy and delicious!!
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  23. Liz says:

    Thank you so much for hosting, Cindy! And for sharing this marvelous shrimp salad! Picture perfect.

  24. Shrimp and avocado are so perfect together! I’m so making this!!! YUM!
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  27. Sue Lau says:

    Looks very fresh and light. Love it!
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  28. Mary Ellen says:

    Love this dish, it is gorgeous! Thanks for hosting this week…
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  30. I just had the best shrimp last night and I am craving more. This is the perfect dish to try out!
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  31. What a beautiful salad! I could go for a big plate of it right now!
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  32. Shaina says:

    YUM! What a great combination with the shrimp, avocado and ranch. It looks so creamy and delicious
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  33. Christie says:

    What a lovely shrimp salad. The perfect recipe to think of the Tropics.
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  34. Farrah says:

    I can’t eat shrimp, but that avocado ranch dressing looks amazingggg. <3 Yay for the Sunday Supper Movement! I can't wait to check out the rest of the recipes! :]!
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  35. Love the addition of sunflower seeds. I always load up at salad bars but never think to buy and use them at home.
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  36. Oh wow…..great dish Cindy and I am loving the dressing I’ve always wanted to try one with avocado in it!
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  37. sarah says:

    This would be a hit here, especially with my mom and grandma!

  38. Yum! This just screams summer to me.
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  39. YUM!!! This salad is making me soooo hungry Cindy!!
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  40. Your salad looks and sounds amazing Cindy. So easy too! Pinning!

  41. Hezzi-D says:

    Cindy this sounds amazing and I liek how simple it is! Perfect for a summer day.
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  42. Hi Cindy, I do hope you’ll come over to Food on Friday: Prawns & Shrimp to add this to the recipe collection! Cheers from Carole’s Chatter

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