When thinking about the perfect summer appetizer, I think of something light and flavorful – and, most of all – easy. I always think that when summer hits our schedule will open up and we’ll have lazy days of nothing to do but go to the pool. Oh, how I am wrong. The summer is just as busy, it’s just a different kind of busy. That’s why, when SeaPak contacted me about creating a delightful fresh summer recipe, I thought about shrimp salsa. It combines all the flavors of summer in a refreshing way – and it’s super easy to make.
In fact, it’s so easy that I didn’t feel the least bit guilty when I ate the entire bowl. In one day. I just could not stay away. This recipe can be made in about 30 minutes and you can eat it right away (because of the pre-marinated shrimp from Seapak!) or you can let it hang out in it’s awesome flavors and serve hours later. It’s the best of both worlds!
SeaPak has a new line of Lighthouse Selections that combine their sustainably certified, farm-raised shrimp (that are gluten-free) with flavor, which makes preparing your favorite dish much easier. They are free of trans fats, additives and preservatives which means they are also guilt-free for this momma. Currently, SeaPak’s Lighthouse Selections products are available at various retailers across the country, including your local Meijer. To see where the products are available near you, visit their product locator.
Did I mention this shrimp salsa is addictive?!? You have been warned. Are you ready to get started?
To make this shrimp salsa you will need the following ingredients:
SeaPak Lighthouse Selections Marinated Shrimp (found at participating Meijer stores in the freezer section)
1/2 of a ripe avocado, diced
2 plum size tomatoes, diced
1/2 of a small lime
1/2 of a medium sized red onion, diced
1 tsp minced garlic
1/4 cup of chopped cilantro
1/4 tsp pepper
Salt to taste
Because I attempted grocery shopping this past weekend before the big holiday I headed to Meijer because I know that their produce is always the freshest. It was easy to grab everything I needed for this recipe since the produce is right next to their freezer section. Anything that makes grocery shopping with two young boys easier, makes my day a little happier. 🙂
Ready to make shrimp salsa? Preheat your oven to 375°f. Empty the contents of the entire box of SeaPak’s Chili Lime marinated shrimp onto a baking sheet that has been lined with cooking spray. I also put foil on my pan – because. Easy. Are you catching my theme, here?
Bake in your preheated oven for 14 – 15 minutes flipping them at the halfway mark. Remove from the oven and let cool. Look at all the packed in chili lime flavor that you didn’t have to lift a finger to marinate.
Once I removed the SeaPak shrimp from the oven fully cooked, I started to dice up all the remaining ingredients. It won’t take long for the shrimp to cool. In fact, by the time I was done washing and dicing the produce, the shrimp was the perfect temperature.
The real question is to chop, or not to chop. I chose to chop up the SeaPak shrimp so that I would ensure a lean protein bite every time. I roughly chopped them so that it was chunky. Go ahead and try a shrimp or two. So good!
Combine all your ingredients in a large bowl. You can add salt to taste. I didn’t think it needed too much because of how much flavor was coming from the shrimp. So pretty, right!? It’s the perfect recipe for summer.
And that’s it! So easy to make and it’s a great appetizer, or in my case, a meal. The USDA recommends you eat at least two 4-ounce servings of seafood each week. This recipe is an excellent way to meet that goal and then some. That is, if you’re like me and can’t share.
Shrimp Salsa Recipe
- 1 lb marinated shrimp
- 1/2 avocado diced
- 2 plum size tomatoes diced
- 1/2 small lime
- 1/2 medium red onion diced
- 1 teaspoon minced garlic
- 1/4 cup cilantro chopped
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- Preheat your oven to 375˚ F.
- Empty the contents of the marinated shrimp onto a cooking sheet lined with foil and cooking spray.
- Bake in the preheated oven for 14 - 15 minutes, turning over at 7 minutes. Remove the shrimp from the oven and let cool.
- While cooling, dice the tomatoes, avocado, red onion and cilantro. Squeeze the lime over the avocado. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl.
- Enjoy immediately or let the flavors sit together in the refrigerator for an hour before enjoying.