This is a flavorful salad featuring healthy ingredients like shrimp, avocado and spinach, as well as a few tomatoes for garnish and a rich, creamy pink dressing. You will probably not need all the dressing, so offer the remainder on the side. Some people like to add extra dressing to their salad.
If you have some left over, it will keep for a couple of days in a covered container in the refrigerator. Just give it a stir before serving. This recipe makes four hearty servings, but it will stretch to six or even eight if you plan to serve this as a small appetizer instead of a complete meal. If you like you can swap the cherry tomatoes for large ones, then slice them into wedges and toss them with the other ingredients before adding the dressing.
Make sure your avocado is perfectly fresh, and that means soft but not dark and mushy. You can test your avocado to see how ripe it is by pressing gently on the pointed end. If there is a bit of ‘give’ then it is ripe. If it is too soft then it is overripe and if it is hard then it is not yet ripe.
- 8 cups spinach
- 1 lb cooked, peeled and deveined medium shrimp
- 1 sliced avocado
- 4 quartered cherry tomatoes
- 1 cup Miracle Whip
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- ½ teaspoon black pepper
- ½ cup milk
- ½ teaspoon paprika
- ½ teaspoon tomato concentrate
- 1 tablespoon white sugar
- Whisk the dressing ingredients together.
- Toss the spinach with the shrimp and avocado.
- Toss this mixture with ⅓ of the dressing.
- Divide between 4 serving plates and garnish with the cherry tomatoes.
- Drizzle some of the remaining dressing over the top and serve the rest on the side.
This makes a nice lunch salad and the creamy pink sauce really gives it a great flavor. If you do not have any tomato concentrate you can use ketchup instead for the dressing. If you do not have that either then the dressing will still taste good. It will just be less pink. The photo shows how creamy this is and the delicious tangy dressing works well with the soft, nutty flavor of the avocado, the crisp spinach taste, and the succulent shrimp. You could even use this mixture as a sandwich filling for an extra-hearty lunchtime treat.
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