Spicy Chipotle Shrimp Salad | Fork in the Kitchen

Spicy Chipotle Shrimp Salad


A flavorful southwest-inspired salad, perfect for summer!



Chipotle Grilled Shrimp

  • 2 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
  • 2 teaspoonadobo sauce
  • 23 garlic cloves
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 3/41 pound raw shrimp, peeled and deveined

Chipotle Cilantro Dressing

  • 24 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 3 Tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup tightly packed cilantro
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 23 garlic cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt, or to taste


  • 45 cups romaine lettuce, chopped
  • 1 15-oz. can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 ears of corn kernels
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved or quartered
  • 1/4 up crispy onions


  1. Shrimp: In a food processor or blender, puree peppers, sauce, garlic, honey, lime juice, olive oil, and salt. Pour over raw shrimp and stir to coat evenly. Let shrimp marinade in the fridge for at least 30 minutes (up to one hour). Meanwhile, continue on to making the dressing and salad. Once shrimp is done marinading, remove and let any excess marinade drip off. If using an outdoor grill, I recommend placing the shrimp on a skewer. Place on a clean grill rack or a heated grill pan over medium heat. Cook on each side for 1-2 minutes until pink and translucent. Be careful not to overcook!  
  2. Dressing: In a food processor, add all ingredients and pulse to combine. See note, and add additional chipotle peppers as needed. Salt to taste. Set aside or in the fridge until ready to toss salad.
  3.  In a large bowl, toss romaine, black beans, corn kernels, tomatoes, and crispy onions together. When ready to serve, toss with dressing (I start with about half, or several Tablespoons worth, and add as needed). Top off salads with grilled shrimp and enjoy!


For the dressing, I start with 2 chipotle peppers, and add another if I need to depending on the spiciness level desired. See dressing post for additional information.

  • Category: Salad

Keywords: salad, healthy, summer, chipotle, creamy, shrimp, spicy, southwest, healthy

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