Light & Refreshing Seafood Salad 

We’re big seafood lovers in this household and I really love this dish because it’s so light and refreshing – not to mention high in protein, low in carbs/fat and super good for you! I used to only order it in restaurants but recently started making it at home since it’s actually really easy.

Seafood salad is a favorite of mine (I feel like I could honestly eat it every day!). Just last week, I whipped this up as a passed appetizer for my dad’s birthday party and guests loved it too! Even though it looks kinda fancy, it’s actually really easy to make. I often have it for lunch or even add arugula to it to make it a dinner salad.

You can add whatever type of seafood you like (I’m partial to shrimp and calamari). Also, this is a great dish to make in advance and keep in the fridge, since I think it actually takes better super cold. Just remember, if you do make it in advance, be sure to add the avocado in right before serving otherwise it’ll go brown.

Seafood Salad

Ingredients

  • 1/2 pound jumbo shrimp
  • 1/2 pound squid
  • 1 tomato
  • 1 jalapeno (de-seeded)
  • 1/2 cup red onion
  • Juice of 1 lemon, 1 lime
  • 1 avocado
  • 2 tablespoons cilantro
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil for dressing

Directions

You have two options with the seafood – you can buy pre-cooked or raw. If pre-cooked, you can simply clean, chop and add to salad.

If you buy raw, you’ll need to sauté shrimp and squid over medium heat with a little olive oil for 5 min or so or until fully cooked. Set aside and season with salt and pepper, and chop into bit sized pieces.


De-sees jalepenos and chop into small pieces. Chop tomatoes, avocados and red onions (these I slice very thin) and add to bowl.


Wisk together olive oil and lemon/lime for dressing. Sprinkle in salt and pepper.


Coat dressing over all other ingredients and ideally refrigerate for a few hours so the flavors can marinate and the seafood gets cold (the red onion also becomes less pungent). Serve with cilantro.

tasty-tuesday_featured-image1A healthy eating series focusing on simple, low carb/sugar dishes in 30 minutes or less. For more info on how MS affects my eating habits, click here. 

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