Shrimp Taco Salad Recipe
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Shrimp Taco Salad Recipe

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I created this main-dish salad to satisfy our family's love of shrimp. It has lots of contrasting textures, including firm taco-seasoned shrimp, crispy tortilla strips and hearty black beans. A convenient bag of salad greens cuts down on prep time, so I can have this meal ready in half an hour. -Ellen Morrell, Hazleton, Pennsylvania
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:8 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 8 servings


  • 1 pound uncooked large shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1 envelope taco seasoning, divided
  • 1/2 cup plus 3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 3 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons diced green or sweet red pepper
  • 6 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/4 teaspoon sugar
  • 3 corn tortillas (6 inches), cut into 1/4-inch strips
  • 1 can (15 ounces) black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 package (8 ounces) ready-to-serve salad greens
  • 1 medium tomato, chopped
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) finely shredded Colby-Monterey Jack cheese


  1. Place shrimp in a large bowl; sprinkle with half of the taco seasoning. Set aside. In a small bowl, whisk 1/2 cup oil, onion, vinegar, green pepper, garlic, coriander and sugar; set aside.
  2. In a large skillet, heat remaining oil over medium-high heat. Add tortilla chips; stir-fry until golden. Drain on paper towels. Sprinkle with remaining taco seasoning. In same skillet, cook and stir shrimp 8-10 minutes or until shrimp turn pink.
  3. In a large bowl, combine beans, salad greens, tomato, shrimp and tortilla strips. Just before serving, whisk dressing and pour over salad; sprinkle with cheese and toss to coat. Yield: 8 servings.
Originally published as Shrimp Taco Salad in Quick Cooking July/August 2000, p27

Light-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied white wine such as Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio.

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Reviewed May. 1, 2014

"This was very good. I agree the dressings is what made it. I left off the beans as all in the household do not like. Next time I will try avocado on it, I think the would be a very good accompaniment."

Reviewed Oct. 31, 2011

"For me, the key component in this recipe was the dressing. It was so light and delicious! The coriander was a perfect ingredient to compliment the shrimp! I make my own taco seasoning, so I seasoned the shrimp to my liking and sprinkled some of the seasoning on the tortilla strips. I don't care for packaged salads (pre-washed with or in WHAT?) so I used a combination of iceberg and romaine lettuces. Also, didn't have black beans or tomatoes, but added some corn (thawed frozen), black olives, garbanzo beans, scallions, cucumber and shredded carrot, as well as a little Mexican blend shredded cheese. What a wonderful, light meal! We will make this many times over I'm sure. Thanks for sharing!"

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