Cousin to Shrimp "Margarita" Salad

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"I have previously posted recipe #9822 Shrimp "Margarita" salad and this is a take off from it. The first recipe posted is an appetizer or starter salad. This is a dinner salad for two. Get everything ready ahead of time and store in the fridge then just assemble at dinner time. Do not peel the avocado until just before you are assembling the salad plates. Arrange everything artisticslly on the plate. Put the dressing on the table so they may add as much or as little as they want. A short cut is to use canned manderine instead of fresh Tangerine. The drssing is wonderful and would be an asset to any salad"

Original is 2 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (764.5 g)
  • Calories 507.7
  • Total Fat - 28.4 g
  • Saturated Fat - 4.2 g
  • Cholesterol - 76.7 mg
  • Sodium - 557.9 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 60.8 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 14.6 g
  • Sugars - 22.9 g
  • Protein - 13.8 g
  • Calcium - 151.6 mg
  • Iron - 2 mg
  • Vitamin C - 151.8 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.3 mg

Step by Step Method

Step 1

Whip together the oil, lime juice, cocktail sauce, tequilla and jalapenos.

Step 2

Pour into a serving vessel and place in the fridge.

Step 3

Place all the prepared vegetables in separate containers and place in the fridge.

Step 4

Just before serving prepare the avocado

Step 5

Place lettuce leaves on two dinner plates and artistically arrange the salad ingredients

Step 6



No special items needed.

Editorial Notes

The ingredient tips, suggestions, variations, facts, questions and answers below are not edits to the original author's recipe. They are not meant to imply any change would improve the recipe. They're offered for convenience, alternative ideas, and points of interest. If you have any comments about them, please post in the Help & Ideas forum.

  • Choose a ripe but firm avocado to ensure the best flavor and texture.
  • Look for tangerines that are heavy for their size and have a bright orange color to ensure the sweetest flavor.

  • Substitute cooked and chilled chicken for the shrimp - This substitution is beneficial for those who don't like seafood, as it provides a source of protein without the use of seafood.
  • Substitute canned mandarin oranges for the fresh tangerine - This substitution is beneficial for those who don't have access to fresh tangerines, as it provides the same flavor without having to buy fresh fruit.

Mango & Avocado Salad Substitute mango for tangerine, and replace jalapeno peppers with diced bell peppers. Omit seafood sauce and tequila, and replace olive oil with honey. Serve with a light vinaigrette dressing.

Baked Potato Wedges: Baked potato wedges are the perfect side dish to this Cousin to Shrimp “Margarita” Salad. They are easy to make and pair well with the flavors in the salad. The potatoes are crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside.

Grilled Asparagus: Grilled asparagus is a great side dish to pair with this Cousin to Shrimp “Margarita” Salad. The smoky flavor from the grill complements the flavors of the salad, and the texture of the asparagus adds a nice crunch. Plus, it's a healthy and delicious way to round out the meal!


Q: How long can I store the prepared vegetables in the fridge?

A: You can store the prepared vegetables in the fridge for up to 3 days. To ensure the freshest taste, it is best to assemble the salad just before serving.

Q: How do I prevent the vegetables from going bad?

A: To prevent the vegetables from going bad, store them in an airtight container in the fridge. It is also important to make sure the vegetables are dry before storing them, as moisture can cause them to spoil faster.

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Fun facts:

The tequila used in this recipe is a nod to the famous Margarita cocktail, which is a combination of tequila, lime juice, and a sweetener. The origins of the Margarita cocktail are disputed, but one popular story is that it was invented in 1938 by a bartender in Mexico for an actress named Marjorie King.

The jicama used in this recipe is a root vegetable native to Mexico and Central America. It is also known as the Mexican turnip and is a popular ingredient in Mexican cuisine. It has a crunchy texture and a sweet flavor, making it a great addition to salads.