Classic Shrimp Louie Salad

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Classic Shrimp Louie Salad is a fresh and bright meal for a healthy lunch or delicious dinner. This San Francisco delight will surely be a family favorite enjoyed by all!

Crisp fresh produce paired with smooth hard boiled eggs, shrimp and creamy dressing make this Shrimp Louie recipe so amazing. It is one of my favorite shrimp salad recipes for how fresh and vibrant each ingredient tastes. This easy recipe is also fantastic for how easy it is to alter to meet the needs of special diets!

Classic Shrimp Louie Salad on Platter
Classic Shrimp Louie Salad

What is Shrimp Louie Salad?

Shrimp Louie is a traditional Californian salad that was invented in San Francisco in the early 1900s. It typically includes bay shrimp, boiled eggs, lettuce and tomato. Shrimp Louie dressing has a taste similar to a thousand island dressing, and typically includes mayonnaise, ketchup, chili sauce, Worcestershire sauce, onions, salt, and pepper.

Another delicious variation on this dish is the Crab Louie salad, which uses all of the same ingredients and dressing, but simply substitutes lump crab meat for the shrimp!

Classic Shrimp Louie Salad on Platter
Classic Shrimp Louie Salad

What Do I Need to Make a Classic Shrimp Louie Salad

While the full ingredient list is available below, here are some tips on what you will need to create this vibrant Shrimp Louie salad!

Other non-traditional ingredients you could add include red onion, sliced green peppers, Dungeness crab, black olives, and even green beans!

Classic Shrimp Louie Salad
Classic Shrimp Louie Salad

How to Prepare Classic Shrimp Louie Salad

While the full steps are included below, here are some tips to note while preparing this Shrimp Louie salad recipe.

  • First, we will prepare our shrimp for the salad. In a medium bowl, blot your shrimp dry with a paper towel. Toss together the shrimp and Cajun seasoning. Heat a non-stick skillet on medium heat. Once the pan is hot, spray with olive oil spray and sauté the seasoned shrimp until fully cooked. This should only take a few minutes! Remove the shrimp from the skillet and set aside to cool.
  • Chop your veggies, and in a large mixing bowl, toss all of the ingredients except the egg on a bed of crispy lettuce. Add your signature Shrimp Louie dressing and toss again. Scoop to put your salad for each serving in a small bowl and add the eggs to the side. Squeeze some fresh lemon juice from the wedges over each bowl and serve immediately. Enjoy!

The flavors in this salad are what I would describe as a west coast version of a French Niçoise salad. Light and fresh, it is the perfect lunch!

Classic Shrimp Louie Salad on Platter
Classic Shrimp Louie Salad

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Classic Shrimp Louie Salad

Classic Shrimp Louie Salad is a fresh and bright meal for a healthy lunch or delicious dinner. This San Francisco delight will surely be a family favorite enjoyed by all!

Author:
Kirsten

Ingredients

  • 2 Romaine lettuce hearts, chopped
  • 1 Ripe avocado, sliced
  • 4 Hard boiled eggs, halved or quartered
  • 2 cups Cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 lb Raw shrimp
  • 1 tsp Cajun seasoning
  • 1 spray Olive oil spray
  • Creamy homemade Louie salad dressing
  • Lemon wedges, for serving

Instructions

  1. In a medium bowl, blot your shrimp dry with a paper towel. Toss together the shrimp and Cajun seasoning. Heat a non-stick skillet on medium heat. Once the pan is hot, spray with olive oil spray and sauté the seasoned shrimp until fully cooked. This should only take a few minutes! Remove the shrimp from the skillet and set aside to cool.
  2. Chop your veggies, and in a large mixing bowl, toss all of the veggies except for the avocado. Add your cooked shrimp, avocado, and signature Shrimp Louie dressing and toss again. Scoop to put your salad for each serving in a small bowl and add the sliced eggs to the side. Squeeze the lemon wedges over each bowl and serve immediately. Enjoy!

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