This shrimp avocado mango lime salad is bursting with light summer flavors. The best part is you can have it ready in just 10 minutes for an easy lunch or light dinner.
The other half of my trip to ALDI headquarters last month included an afternoon of sampling some ALDI exclusive products (including getting to try out a lot of their new gluten-free stuff), doing a blind taste test (I’ve always wanted to do that!) versus leading competitive brands and listening to both Tara and Brigette talk to us about healthy, energy packed foods we can make for each meal using easily accessible ALDI products. Of course, we got to taste them all too. Basically, we spent 6 hours eating non-stop…I’m not complaining.
The blind taste test was probably the highlight of the afternoon for me. We tested things like 100% Pure Squeezed Orange Juice Not From Concentrate (anyone who knows me knows I have an oj obsession and cannot start my day without my small glass of juice so this was one of my favorites), Greek yogurt, cheese, crackers, tortilla chips and pre-made guacamole. We marked down which sample we thought was which and then at the end went down the list to reveal the ALDI product and how much the cost savings was between it and the competitive brand. ALDI ensures their products taste the same, if not better than the leading competitors but offer it to the consumer at a lower cost. After this taste test, I can say that the handful of products we tested, definitely accomplish that. The Greek yogurt in particular floored me. The second I tasted sample B, I was like “oh, that’s DEFINITELY the competitor’s brand. It’s soooo much creamier and less fake tasting”. Guess who was wrong? This girl. The crazy thing is, the ALDI brand beat out a brand I buy and eat all the time too (and is apparently $0.34 more expensive). FLOORED.
I’m not really into packaged gluten-free cookies, treats and stuff mostly because 1. I don’t need to eat gluten-free 2. I don’t really eat that kind of packaged stuff whether it’s gluten free or not and 3. Just because it’s gluten-free doesn’t mean it’s healthy in any way shape or form, but I will say the ALDI liveGfree offerings are incredibly vast and they all taste pretty darn good too. I’m a big fan of naturally gluten-free food though and a lot of the “Dietician’s Picks” they had laid out, like the honey goat cheese and the multi-seed crackers fit the gluten free bill and tasted insanely amazing.
After the sampling and taste testing we headed to a different room to continue our eating spree, but this time digest some information along with the food from Tara and Brigette. As they both talked about energy packed superfood meal ideas, we learned things like how to snack healthy and appropriately, what target protein range we should be aiming for per meal (30g!) and how to decipher hunger cues.
The best part of course though was the food that went along with it. We feasted on the chicken sweet potato patties (the recipe my sweet potato turkey patties recipe is based off of), hummus tuna salad in mini pepper cups, a shrimp quinoa salad and a tropical chia pudding parfait.
The shrimp quinoa salad got me thinking how long it’s been since I had a bag of frozen shrimp in my freezer for easy meal ideas. My usual go-to when I have nothing defrosted is a package of chicken sausage (since you can pretty much cook that from a frozen state) but frozen shrimp is such a great lean protein to have on hand too. Since I can’t eat quinoa any more (I don’t know if I ever explained that on here but it out of nowhere started giving me horrible stomach pains), the salad Brigette put together wasn’t for me, but it did inspire this shrimp avocado mango lime salad which I think is perfect for light summer dinners or lunches. I love the touch of mango for the sweetness factor and honestly, I can’t get enough of them right now so I’m either standing over the sink sucking on mango pits (it’s a sight, believe me) or I’m throwing them into every meal I can think of like this one.
Shrimp Avocado Mango Lime Salad
- 8 ounces extra large shrimp, tails removed, cooked and chopped
- 1/2 avocado, chopped
- 1 cup chopped mango
- 1 cup halved cherry/grape tomatoes
- 1 cup chopped watercress (SimplyNature Organic Baby Arugula would also work well here)
- 1/4 cup diced red onion
- Juice of 1 lime
- 1 1/2 tablespoons Carlini Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- salt and pepper
- Combine the shrimp, avocado, mango, tomatoes, watercress and onion in a large bowl.
- Whisk together the lime juice, olive oil, salt and pepper in a small bowl.
- Pour the dressing onto the salad, gently toss and serve.
*This post is sponsored by ALDI. All content and opinions are my own.