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Shrimp Salad Lettuce Wraps with Avocado

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Shrimp salad lettuce wraps are a smooth move for a dinner party.

They look beautiful, they’re quick to make and full of fresh summer flavours like creamy avocado, and crunchy veggies and wrapped in cold, crispy romaine lettuce.

My favourite is the baby shrimp but you can also make this salad with shrimp, lobster or even crab for something a little fancier.

Shrimp salad lettuce cups on a board.

How To Make This Shrimp Salad

This salad is pretty simple to make as long as you have pre-cooked baby shrimp.

Here are the steps:

  1. Wash and soak the lettuce leaves in ice water.
  2. Cut all of the ingredients finely.
  3. Add the avocado at the end.
  4. Mix the ingredients together in a bowl.
  5. Plate the shrimp salad in lettuce cups and serve with fresh lemon on the side.
Another close up shot of the baby shrimp salad lettuce wraps on a board.

Key Shrimp Salad Ingredients

Let’s break down the key ingredients for this recipe:

Baby shrimp – I find the smaller shrimp much more delicious because the texture is softer. But you can also use other types of cooked shrimp, crab or lobster in this salad. Just make sure to cut it into bite-sized pieces.

Avocado – This is the star ingredient and adds creaminess to the salad. If you can’t find avocado then add more of the other veggies.

Garlic – I love a small amount of raw garlic in this salad because it adds so much umami to this dish. A little bit goes a long way. Just be careful not to overdo it as it is raw.

Smoked Paprika – This adds a hint of smokiness and some delicious paprika flavour that’s classically prepared with seafood dishes. If you can’t find smoked paprika, regular paprika or Espelette pepper will also work.

Worcestershire Sauce – Another way to add a bit of extra umami to the salad. Fish sauce will also work well in replace of Worcestershire.

Tabasco Sauce – A few drops of this will not actually make the salad spicy, but will add a depth of flavour that’s perfect with shrimp.

Cayenne – This adds a little heat plus a nice red colour to the dish. If you like it hot add more of this.

Carrot/Cucumber/Celery – All of these veggies add a delicious fresh crunch to the salad. You could also try this dish with peppers, onions or radishes if you like those more.

Lemon – All seafood dishes can use a little lemon to brighten up the flavours and make it taste fresh. I’m using zest and juice for maximum lemon flavour.

All of the ingredients for the shrimp salad mixed together.

Tips to Nail this Salad

How Long Does Shrimp Salad Last?

This shrimp salad will only last for up to 3 days in the fridge. Although, the avocado may start to discolour the next day.

Can you Freeze Shrimp Salad?

You probably can but I wouldn’t recommend it. Sometimes mayo-based foods can split once thawed and it won’t be very nice to eat after that.

Another close up shot of the baby shrimp salad lettuce wraps on a board.
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Shrimp Salad Lettuce Wraps with Avocado

Shrimp salad lettuce wraps are a great summer appetizer and a nice move for a dinner party. Full of fresh summer flavours like creamy avocado, crunchy veggies and wrapped in cold, crispy romaine lettuce.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 12 lettuce wraps
Calories 63kcal
Cost $10/ 8€


  • 1-2 heads baby romaine (or 1 head of regular romaine)
  • 150 g baby shrimp cooked
  • 50 g celery (about 1 stick of celery)
  • 50 g carrot (½ a small carrot)
  • 50 g cucumber (⅛ piece of cucumber)
  • 100 g avocado, ripe (1 baby avocado or ½ a large)
  • 60 g mayonnaise (2 tbsp)
  • 1 g garlic, peeled ( ½ a small clove)
  • 1 pc lemon, zested
  • 1/16 tsp celery salt
  • 1/16 tsp cayenne add more if you like it hot
  • tsp smoked paprika
  • ¼ tsp dijon mustard
  • 6 dashes Tabasco sauce
  • 6 dashes Worcestershire sauce or fish sauce
  • ¼ pc lemon, juiced
  • sea salt to taste
  • lemon wedges for garnish optional
  • arugula lettuce for garnish optional


  • Pick off the large leaves of the romaine and save for something else. Find the smaller leaves that will make perfect lettuce cups and soak them in ice water for 5 minutes.
    Dry with a salad spinner and keep cold in the fridge.
    Soaking the romaine in ice water.
  • Cut the veggies into tiny pieces.
    (They don't have to be as small as pictured but the smaller the better).
    Cutting the veggies into a brunoise.
  • Cut the avocado right before serving so it doesn't turn brown.
    Mix all of the ingredients together in a bowl. Season with salt to your liking.
    All of the ingredients for the shrimp salad mixed together.
  • Serve the shrimp salad in the lettuce cups and garnish with a little smoked paprika and fresh lemon wedges on the side.
    The shrimp salad lettuce wraps being held on a board by a beautiful woman..


Calories: 63kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 34mg | Sodium: 155mg | Potassium: 87mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 756IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 24mg | Iron: 1mg
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