Different kind of shrimp cocktail

healthy shrimp recipe

I’ve been in such a great mood these last couple of days, just staying busy, enjoying spending time with hubby who is now home for the weekends (yay!), that I decided to make something special for lunch. Few weeks a go, I got this amazing recipe for a shrimp cocktail from my friend and I couldn’t wait to try it out. We bought some fresh, wild caught shrimp on Saturday and a bunch of organic avocados so I had a perfect opportunity to try out the recipe.

light shrimp cocktail recipe

I have a love-hate relationship with shrimp. As you guys know, I’m not much of a meat and fish eater these days, I usually try to avoid eating anything animal-based, but sometimes even I can’t help my crazy cravings. Few years a go, I actually developed a shrimp allergy, but it somehow went away. One Sunday we went to one of my favorite Mexican restaurants in the area, I had a shrimp pasta dish and as soon as we left I got these crazy looking hives on my skin, my lips swell up and my face turned puffy and it all went away after a few hours. Weird, I thought. So next weekend I had a shrimp cocktail and the same thing happened. Okay, I thought, I guess shrimp and I can no longer be friends. Fast forward few years later, I was at a wedding and, again, had some shrimp. The minute I finished my dish, hubby went “wait, aren’t you allergic??” The thought of my face turning all puffy again almost made me cry and I wanted to leave the wedding ASAP. But it never did and it seemed that my mysterious allergy just went away, on its own. Again, weird.

light shrimp salad recipe

 Even though the recipe called for jumbo shrimp, I ended up using medium, as it was the only kind I could get at the market. This cocktail still came out so delicious, full of flavor and very light.


1 small yellow tomato, chopped into small pieces
bunch of chives, finely chopped
2 gloves of garlic, whole
2 tsp of organic balsamic vinegar
2 bay leaves
1 pound of fresh shrimp (I bought mine peeled and divined)
2 lemons, juiced
5 TBS of vegan mayonaisse
2 TBS of Worcestershire sauce
1tsp of granulated garlic
few leaves of organic iceberg lettuce, broken into small pieces
1/2 avocado, sliced

1. Fill a medium pot with water, add whole garlic gloves, bay leaves and balsamic vinegar, bring to boil.
2. Once the water is boiled, lower the heat, add the shrimp and simmer on low heat for exactly 3 minutes. Make sure that the water is only simmering and not boiling as you can overcook the shrimp very easily. After 3 minutes, remove the shrimp and let cool.
3. Prepare 4 small bowls, place an even amount of lettuce in each bowl, add a few slices of avocado and chopped tomatoes on top.
4. To prepare the sauce, mix mayo, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, granulated garlic and finely chopped chives and mix well until it has a smooth and creamy consistency.
5. Divide shrimp amongst four bowls, top it off with the sauce and some chives to garnish. Serve with lemon wedges and warm ciabatta bread.

shrimp cocktail recipe

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  • Reply
    September 21, 2014 at 5:23 pm

    Oh I love your food, Food and beauty!! So many loves in one blog! x

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      September 23, 2014 at 11:41 am

      Thanks so much Love! <3

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    September 22, 2014 at 5:46 am

    Oh Paula that looks totally delicious, I love a good prawn, or shrimp as you guys call them, and the bigger the better. My favourite is huge shrimps with tempura batter and a sweet chilli or garlic sauce – you have made me hungry for shrimp now and it is only mid morning hehe.
    You always take such amazing pictures!

    Gems x

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      September 23, 2014 at 11:43 am

      Aww thank you sweet Gems!! I love shrimp tempura too! I really love anything tempura haha, but only have it once in a while as fried foods make me sick :( Thank you so much, so glad you’re enjoying my photos!

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    French Baguette
    September 22, 2014 at 7:51 am

    Looks delicious!

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    Sophie Sierra
    September 22, 2014 at 11:11 am

    How gorgeous is your home looking Paula? In love with your new layout!
    So stylish, sparkling and spirited, just like you of course my girl ;) Aww I really do love it hon!

    And as for your gorgeous recipe, well, I really have gone off prawns/shrimp lately, but seeing this is actually making me crave them now hehe! I think this just shows what fine culinary skills you have :) On point photography as always Paula! Perfection! How frightening about your mysterious allergic reactions, that must have been so frightening :( Thank goodness you had no trouble at the wedding, and it’s pretty amazing that you have no further side effects with shrimp, long let it continue ;) Graham absolutely hates shrimp haha, my mum often leaves a massive plate of them to defrost in the kitchen and he’s always joking that he needs an exterminator mask ;) :P

    It’s so awesome to hear your spirits are high and you felt so inspired love, and the pictures just prove that. I’m so thrilled for you :D Even lovelier that you and Mark get to spend well deserved weekends together <3

    Sophie xo

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      September 23, 2014 at 11:48 am

      Aww thanks so much my Love, glad you like the new layout, still needs some work but I just couldn’t wait to finally update it :D

      Ahhh yes, that was so weird, I actually almost went to the ER once, but like I said in the post, it just went away on its own, so strange, isn’t it?

      That is so funny about Graham haha oh my gosh, I’m the same with beef tripe or “flaczki” which is like I guess a traditional polish dish. That sh*t smells so bad and it looks so disgusting, I mean it’s essentially beef stomachs ughhh. My mom made it once and Mark never had it before, having grown up here. When he tasted it, he liked it so much he asked that my mom to give me a recipe. I said “no way Jose!” My hands are not touching that, uh-uh. haha ;)

      Thanks again Sophie! <3

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    September 22, 2014 at 1:56 pm

    Great Post! Looks delicious! I’ve nominated you for the Sisterhood of the World Blogger Awards. You can check out my post and the rules for the nomination here

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      September 23, 2014 at 11:44 am

      Thank you so much Emily!

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