If you’re not getting enough protein, you’re probably feeling a bit slow by the time the afternoon rolls around. The fix: This flavor-packed shrimp salad. Shrimp is seasoned with chili powder and cayenne to warm up your tummy, and antioxidant-rich spinach and kale delivers essential vitamin K and fiber. Avocado will fill you up with good-for-you fats for lasting power. Top the whole thing off with a miso dressing, which is made with fresh ginger and lime juice to help you fight colds and boost your immunity. 

This spicy shrimp and avocado salad has cucumbers, spinach, shrimp, and avocado with a creamy miso dressing.


For the Salad:

  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic

  • 1/2 pound raw shrimp, tails removed

  • 1/2 tablespoon butter

  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder

  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne

  • 1 1/2 cups sliced avocados (2 small)

  • 1 cucumber

  • 4 cups chopped spinach or baby kale

  • fresh chopped cilantro for topping

  • peanuts for topping

For the Dressing:

  • 1 1-inch piece of fresh peeled ginger

  • 3 tablespoons oil

  • 3 tablespoons lime juice (more to taste)

  • 2 tablespoons agave nectar

  • 1 1/2 tablespoons white miso (it’s like a paste – you can buy it at many regular grocery stores)

  • 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic

  • 1/4 teaspoon salt


  1. Heat the butter in a small skillet over medium high heat. Add the garlic and shrimp; sprinkle with the chili powder and cayenne directly in the pan. Saute for a few minutes on each side until the shrimp are no longer clear and have a nice golden color on the outside.

  2. Cut the avocados in half; cut lines through the avocado vertically and horizontally and scoop the flesh out with a spoon. Peel and dice the cucumber. Chop the spinach or baby kale into small bite sized pieces. Arrange in a bowl with the shrimp.

  3. Puree all the dressing ingredients together in a food processor until smooth. Taste and adjust to your preferences. Pour the dressing over the salad and serve immediately (or store the individual parts separately in the refrigerator until ready to serve). Top with fresh cilantro and peanuts for crunch.