Grilled Spicy Cilantro Shrimp and Spinach Salad

This Grilled Spicy Cilantro Shrimp and Spinach Salad is a great light and healthy summer dish.  Loaded with flavor, quick and easy to pull together on a weeknight.  It makes a great family dinner or one to impress your friends on the weekends.  Packed with Superfoods; spinach, avocado, chia seeds, garlic and pistachios it is a gluten free choice as well.

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The shrimp would make for a great appetizer on its own and the salad would be a great side.

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I am the youngest of four children, my closest sibling my brother, is 11 years older than me.  No, I wasn’t a mistake, but I was a tag along.  Having two brothers and a sister that were so much older than me, made me one tough little girl.  I wanted to be a boy so bad, I would do everything to be faster, stronger and  tough enough so I could  impress my cooler older brothers.  I told my husband the story the other day about how when I was six years old I would practice running across our one acre lot to the neighbors tree line.  Then as soon as my brother got home from work, I would challenge him to a race.  He never let me win.  Which you might think was mean, but it taught me to keep trying.  As I went through school, I played every sport I could.  Softball, Volleyball, Basketball, Track and Tennis.  I loved them all and playing sports definitely shaped me into the person that I am today.   I learned to practice to achieve my goals and to be competitive as a team player not an individual, traits that you use through every aspect of your life personal and professional to find success and happiness.  So this post is a shout out to my two rotten brothers who never let me win unless I deserved it.

Shrimp Cilantro Spinach Blue Cheese Chia Seeds Pistachio Vinaigrette

Spicy Cilantro Shrimp with Spinach Salad
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Serves: 4

Shrimp Ingredients:
  • 3 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro
  • ¼ cup of olive oil
  • 1 medium lime juiced
  • 1½ tablespoon low sodium soy sauce
  • ½ teaspoon sriracha sauce
  • 1 garlic clove minced
  • 1 teaspoon red chili flakes
  • 1 pound large shrimp, peeled and deveined (about 20 shrimp)

Salad Ingredients:
  • 10 ounces Fresh Spinach
  • 2 ounces of blue cheese, crumbled
  • ¼ cup 1" cut red onion slices
  • ¼ cup shelled salted pisatchios
  • 1 avocado, peeled, pitted and slivered
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds

Vinaigrette Ingredients:
  • 2 tablespoon of olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons of lemon juice (about 1 small lemon)
  • 1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • ⅛ teaspoon Kosher salt

Shrimp Instructions:
  1. In a large ziploc bag add all ingredients 30 minutes before cooking.
  2. Submerge four skewers in water.
  3. Heat grill to medium-high heat.
  4. Place 4-5 shrimp on each skewers.
  5. Place skewers on grill and cook for 4 minutes, flip and cook an additional 4 minutes, or until shrimp is pink.

Vinaigrette Instructions:
  1. Whisk all ingredients in a bowl until emulsified (blended).

Salad Instructions:
  1. In a large bowl add all ingredients and toss.
  2. Top with vinaigrette and gently toss.
  3. Place serving of salad on individual plates or bowls and add skewer to top.
You can place platter of shrimp skewers in middle of dinner table and let everyone pick their own.
This shrimp on its own would make a great appetizer

Grilled Spicy Cilantro Shrimp Recipe |


  1. says

    Dear Amy, I can definitely relate. I have two older brothers as well- 14 and 11 years older than I. So growing up, I was like my father’s third son…I loved fishing with my dad especially though. Such a wonderful dish in honor of your brothers…I know mine would enjoy this too. I love the heat of is a perfect balance. xo, Catherine
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    • Amy says

      Thanks Catherine. Those older brothers are pretty special! So glad you got to spend time fishing with your dad, my dad did not have the patients for fishing, so I usually went with my oldest brother. xo Amy

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