Apple and Shrimp Salad with Spicy Nut Dressing

by Erica Dinho on March 25, 2013

Apple and Shrimp Salad with Spicy Nut Dressing

Apple and Shrimp Salad with Spicy Nut Dressing

This month The Creative Cooking Crew’s challenge was a virtual mystery basket similar to the TV show “Chopped“. The ingredients inside the basket were, green apple, bacon, vinegar, and nut butter.

I decided to make an Apple and Shrimp Salad with Spicy Nut Dressing and I absolutely loved the combination of textures and flavors in this salad.

This salad is so easy to make, it could be a quick midweek meal, or the first course of a fancy dinner.

shrimp, apple and bacon salad

Don’t forget to visit Joan’s blog on March 27 to see the Mystery Basket round-up.




(2 servings)

  • One green apple, peeled and diced
  • 1/2 cup cucumber, diced
  • 1/2 pound of cooked shrimp, cut into bite size pieces
  • 3/4 cup almonds
  • 1/4 cup red onion, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro leaves, plus more for garnish
  • 1/2 cup grape tomatoes, halved
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 3 bacon strips, cooked and diced
  • Nut Dressing

  • 3 tablespoons peanut butter
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1/2 jalapeño pepper, finely chopped
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Apple Bacon Salad


  1. In a small bowl mix all the dressing ingredients and set aside. In a large bowl, toss together the salad ingredients, except the bacon.
  2. Drizzle the dressing over the mixture, add the bacon and fresh cilantro, and serve immediately.
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{ 15 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Shannon March 25, 2013 at 10:13 AM

oh man, this sounds delicious! love the idea for a quick weeknight meal :)


2 Faith March 25, 2013 at 1:07 PM

Such a beautiful salad, Erica! I would also love it for a quick lunch or dinner…the shrimp in there sounds perfect!


3 Juliana March 25, 2013 at 3:23 PM

Oh Erica, this salad looks so refreshing…love the color and the flavors…perfect for the season.
Have a great week :)


4 angela@spinachtiger March 25, 2013 at 3:56 PM

The apple shrimp and bacon is a wonderful combo. It’s light, but has a night crunch from the bacon. And the spicy peanut butter dressings..I can taste it now.


5 Laz March 25, 2013 at 6:55 PM

Love the color on the bacon. Nice job.


6 Jeannie March 25, 2013 at 8:45 PM

Oh yes! The flavors sounds delicious! I have always preferred fruity salad more than the vegetables ones!


7 Belinda @zomppa March 26, 2013 at 6:07 AM

What a great combo!!


8 Evelyne@cheapethniceatz March 26, 2013 at 4:54 PM

My original idea for this month was very similar but I think you did a much better job than I would have, Looks really tasty and very creative.


9 Norma-Platanos, Mangoes and Me! March 27, 2013 at 2:57 PM

Erica…what a nice salad for the summer months…super!


10 grace March 27, 2013 at 5:08 PM

oooh, neat dressing, erica! the textures in this salad are terrific too!


11 deana March 29, 2013 at 9:00 AM

Apple and shrimp? That’s a very cool idea. I love the lime in the dressing too.
Another great salad recipe from this challenge. You have taken apples to a much higher plane than it’s used to. Must try this idea.
great recipe for the challenge!


12 rebecca March 29, 2013 at 6:44 PM

what a fun salad great flavors and textures in here


13 Jenn and Seth March 29, 2013 at 9:55 PM

what a salad! i love the idea of putting shrimp in here, this is such an awesome take on the challenge!!


14 La Diva Cucina March 30, 2013 at 7:05 AM

A number of people chose to make salads and it amazes me that so many can come up with so many different combos! I want to eat each and every one! Yours looks so crunchy and refreshing and shrimp is a natural with peanuts.


15 Needful Things May 19, 2013 at 2:09 PM

Shrimps and apples are my kid’s favorite things – combing them together in a salad is a genius idea as far as they are concerned!


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