Shrimp Caesar Salad

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A simple, tasty Caesar salad is a great mainstay when it comes to a light lunch. However, to make it even better and more nutritious, a few small changes and a healthy helping of shrimp make it way better.

Why not make your very own Homemade Garlic Croutons for this recipe? Or learn a bit more about what exactly is Worcestershire Sauce?

Table of Contents
  1. Shrimp Caesar Salad
  2. Shrimp Caesar Salad Ingredients
  3. How To Make Shrimp Caesar Salad
  4. How To Ensure Everyone Gets A Fair Amount Of Different Toppings
  5. How To Get Good Quality Shrimp & Prepare It For This Recipe
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Shrimp Caesar Salad

A simple Caesar salad is one of the great versatile recipes that are perfect for enjoying at all times of the day.

However, one of the big problems with a regular Caesar salad is the lack of any good protein, at least enough to make a satisfying meal.

This recipe fixes that problem, adding in some tasty, freshly peeled shrimp to not only provide a more intense umami flavor profile but also to help bolster the calories and make it a bit more of a meal.

Shrimp Caesar Salad ingredients

Shrimp Caesar Salad Ingredients

Make sure you look at the recipe card at the very bottom for the exact amounts so that you know exactly what to buy for this recipe.

Homemade Caesar Salad Dressing

• Garlic

• Full fat mayonnaise

• Anchovy paste

• Parmesan cheese

• Worcestershire sauce

• Dijon mustard

• Lemon juice

• Salt & pepper

Shrimp Caesar Salad Ingredients

• Romaine lettuce hearts

• Homemade Garlic Croutons

• Shrimp

• Parmesan flakes

• Lemon juice

Shrimp Caesar Salad sauce ingredients in a bowl

How To Make Shrimp Caesar Salad

Caesar Salad Dressing

• Combine all of the dressing ingredients into a container that will accommodate a hand or immersion blender to mix the ingredients

• Process and blend all of the ingredients together, adding in further garlic and lemon to taste

Assembling the Shrimp Caesar Salad

• Place the lettuce in a large bowl and toss it with the dressing until the lettuce is completely coated

• Top with the shrimp, croutons, and the Parmesan

• Right before serving, mix the toppings into the top layer of the lettuce to help combine all of the ingredients together and ensure that everyone   

Shrimp Caesar Salad closeup on a plate

How To Ensure Everyone Gets A Fair Amount Of Different Toppings

One of the biggest issues with trying to enjoy a salad, especially when preparing it for a group, is trying to ensure that everyone gets an equal portion.

If you mix the salad ahead of time before serving it, you will likely end up with all of the ingredients filtering down to the bottom of the bowl. This means that the first few people to be served will get a salad of nothing more than a few scant leaves and a bit of dressing.

Instead, make sure only to stir the salad as soon as you are about to serve. You basically just want to have all of your ingredients dumped into your serving vessel and leave them there, waiting for the guests or your family to be ready to eat.

Just before you go to serve them, add the leftover dressing and any extra toppings and give it all a really good, intense stir.

This ensures that the dressing will be equally mixed and that each of the shrimp and other small bits of ingredients won’t just end up on a few lucky plates.

two plates of Shrimp Caesar Salad

How To Get Good Quality Shrimp & Prepare It For This Recipe

Getting good quality shrimp can sometimes be a pretty big challenge, especially for those that live a bit more inland.

Usually, the only decent options are to get a big bag of frozen shrimp from the freezer section of the supermarket. However, if you are willing to shop around a little bit and pay a little more as well, try and keep an eye out for a fishmonger, or at the very least a fisherman selling a farmer’s market or something like that.

Good quality, fresh shrimp is massively better than the frozen stuff and can really increase the flavor and intensity of your salad if you prepare it right.

If you don’t feel like having to prepare and de-shell shrimp, simply ask the fishmonger to do it for you. Otherwise, removing the shells is pretty easy if you have the patience.

You just need to peel the shell away from the shrimp, starting at the bottom, removing it a bit like a jacket, to expose the flesh underneath. Make sure that you run a thin, sharp knife underneath to help remove the vein as well!

Looking for more delicious Salad recipes? Try these out:

Kale Caesar Salad

Chicken Caesar Salad

Crab Salad

Happy Cooking

Love,

Karlynn

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Shrimp Caesar Salad

A simple, tasty Caesar salad is a great mainstay when it comes to a light lunch. To make it even better just add a helping of shrimp!
5 from 4 votes
Shrimp Caesar Salad
Prep Time
5 minutes
Cook Time
5 minutes
Course
Appetizer
Cuisine
American
Servings
4
Calories
2049
Author
Karlynn Johnston

Ingredients
 

Homemade Caesar Salad Dressing

  • 1 Tablespoon minced garlic peeled divided
  • 3/4 cup full fat mayonnaise
  • 3 teaspoons anchovy paste
  • 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 Tablespoon lemon juice or more to taste
  • salt to taste
  • ground black pepper to taste

Shrimp Caesar Salad Ingredients

  • 3-4 romaine hearts washed and torn into bite-size pieces
  • 1-2 cups homemade garlic croutons
  • 1 pound of cooked medium shrimp shelled
  • 1/3 cup Parmesan flakes
  • fresh lemon juice to top if desired

Instructions
 

How to Make the Caesar Salad Dressing

  • Combine all of the dressing ingredients into a container that you can use an immersion or hand blender in to mix the ingredients. Alternatively, you can place this all in your blender.
  • Process and blend all of the ingredients together, adding in more garlic and lemon to taste if you want. (I am Ukrainian so there is always room for more garlic!) Set aside

Assembling the Shrimp Caesar Salad

  • Place the lettuce in a large bowl.
  • Toss with the dressing until the lettuce is coated completely.
  • Top with the cooked shrimp, croutons and the Parmesan. I do NOT mix it in because as you know, they all go to the very bottom!
  • Right before serving, mix the toppings into the top layer of lettuce, not the bottom, just slightly so that you have a layer of toppings for everyone to dig into.

Recipe Notes

This is NOT the traditional Caesar salad as that one uses egg yolks and oil as the base, not mayo. This however is my VERY favorite Caesar salad!

Nutrition Information

Calories: 2049kcal, Carbohydrates: 48g, Protein: 126g, Fat: 152g, Saturated Fat: 31g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 78g, Monounsaturated Fat: 35g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 874mg, Sodium: 3805mg, Potassium: 2429mg, Fiber: 9g, Sugar: 6g, Vitamin A: 30230IU, Vitamin C: 23mg, Calcium: 1094mg, Iron: 9mg

All calories and info are based on a third party calculator and are only an estimate. Actual nutritional info will vary with brands used, your measuring methods, portion sizes and more.

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Karlynn Johnston

I’m a busy mom of two, wife & cookbook author who loves creating fast, fresh meals for my little family on the Canadian prairies. Karlynn Facts: I'm allergic to broccoli. I've never met a cocktail that I didn't like. I would rather burn down my house than clean it. Most of all, I love helping YOU get dinner ready because there's nothing more important than connecting with our loved ones around the dinner table!

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