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Tropical Shrimp Salad with Orange Poppy Seed Dressing

Flavor-packed seared shrimp, sweet fruits, and healthy veggies make this salad so so so good!
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Marinating Time20 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Salad
Servings: 4 people
Author: Tania


  • 2 heads chopped romaine lettuce
  • 1 cup diced red bell pepper
  • 1/4 cup diced red onion
  • 2 cups cubed fresh mangoes
  • 2 cups cubed fresh pineapple
  • 1 cup sweet mandarin oranges
  • 2 small avocados
  • 1 pound large shrimp (peeled and deveined)
  • Olive oil (for pan)

Shrimp Marinade

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Ground black pepper to taste

Orange Poppy Seed Dressing

  • 2 teaspoons dijon mustard
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons honey
  • Juice of 1 orange (about 1/2 cup)
  • 1 teaspoon poppy seeds
  • 1 clove minced garlic
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • Shrimp: Toss and combine shrimp and shrimp marinade ingredients in a large bowl. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and let sit in refrigerator for 20 minutes. Then, heat a large non-stick pan with olive oil, and cook shrimp about 2 minutes per side, until cooked through. Set aside.
  • Orange Poppy Seed Dressing: Combine all dressing ingredients in a mason jar, and shake vigorously until well-combined.
  • Assemble the salad: In a large salad bowl, toss together the lettuce, red bell peppers, red onion, mangoes, pineapple, mandarin oranges, avocado, and shrimp. Drizzle with some Orange Poppy Seed Dressing, to taste. Serve immediately. Enjoy!