Shrimp Caesar Salad

5 from 65 votes

The flavor of this Shrimp Caesar Salad is amazing! It's an easy salad topped with baked croutons and a homemade greek yogurt caesar dressing!

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The flavor of this delicious Shrimp Caesar Salad is refreshing and light. Adding cooked shrimp on top of a bed of lettuce creates a fast and simple lunch or dinner that is loaded with protein and flavor. And my favorite part is the lightened up dressing that’s made with yogurt!

Two bowls of shrimp caesar salad with yogurt dressing on the side

This healthy shrimp salad recipe is a great way to fuel your body with nutrients, and it’s made easy-to-find ingredients. The added boost of protein that you’ll get from the shrimp paired with the delicious and creamy Greek yogurt dressing is perfect for the middle or the end of the day.

why you’ll love this healthy caesar salad

  • Minimal cooking required
  • Easy way to eat your greens!
  • Simple homemade yogurt caesar dressing

Ingredients to make shrimp caesar salad

  • Shrimp: I like to use large shrimp for this recipe. To save time, buy them peeled and deveined and without tails.
  • Lettuce: Romaine lettuce works great for this simple salad recipe.
  • Bread: Cube up some French bread and add to the salad.
  • Greek yogurt: The base for the yogurt dressing is Greek yogurt. I’m using Stonyfield Organic Greek Grassfed Yogurt which is a yogurt that is rich with a unique and creamy flavor that provides a thick consistency for dressing. Like all Stonyfield yogurts, it’s made without anything artificial so it’s my preference for snacking, cooking and making dressings like this!
  • Dressing ingredients: Aside from the main dressing ingredient, which is the Greek yogurt, you’ll need lemon juice, Dijon mustard, garlic, capers and parmesan cheese. When blended together they give a rich combination of garlicky, smoky, salty and lemony flavor that Caesar salad is known for!
Ingredients to make the recipe

How to make garlic shrimp caesar salad

make the dressing

  • Put all the caesar dressing ingredients into the blender.
  • Blend together until smooth and creamy.
2 image collage showing how to make the dressing - before and after

cook the shrimp

  • Add the raw shrimp and olive oil and seasonings to a skillet.
  • Saute until the shrimp are cooked all the way through.
2 image collage showing how to cook the shrimp - before and after

make the homemade croutons

  • Add the cubed bread to a sheet pan.
  • Put in the oven to crisp up and harden.
2 image collage showing how to make the croutons - before and after

Assemble caesar salad with yogurt dressing

  • Add the chopped romaine to a salad bowl and top with shrimp.
  • Drizzle the Greek yogurt salad dressing to the top and add croutons.
Two bowls of the shrimp caesar salad with yogurt dressing and Stonyfield tub of yogurt

Tips for making the caesar salad

  1. Make sure to dry the romaine lettuce well. I’m a big fan of a salad spinner for drying out washed and chopped lettuce. That way you ensure that the dressing coats the lettuce leaves well without making them soggy.
  2. Don’t overcook the shrimp. The key is to remove the shrimp from the heat right when in looks pink all over, without any brown or gray spots. You’ll also notice that the shrimp will curl into a “C” shape which is the best indicator that it’s done.
  3. Make the greek yogurt dressing faster without a blender. Instead of blending the dressing, you can roughly chop up the garlic and capers with a knife and then whisk it together with the greek yogurt and other ingredients. It will be more chunky, but all the flavor will still be there.
  4. Use day old bread to make the croutons. Fresh bread is usually really soft and moist and that moisture can cause it to steam when baked. When the bread is older, it creates more crispy croutons.
  • Use iceberg lettuce. If you don’t have romaine lettuce, iceberg lettuce will work great as well.
  • Add avocados. Adding a superfood like avocados is a great way to add in more health benefits. Plus, the flavor goes great as well.
  • Drizzle with lemon juice. The citrus flavor of lemon juice adds a really great taste.
  • Sprinkle on some parmesan cheese. You can never have too much cheese, right?

how to store leftover salad

best way to store caesar salad

The best way for you to store salad leftovers is to store each ingredient individually. Have the lettuce in an airtight container, the shrimp in a different airtight container, and the yogurt dressing in its own as well. When you’re ready to eat it again, you can combine them at that point in time.

how long will the yogurt dressing last?

The salad dressing should last up to 5 days once it’s made. Make sure to keep it cool in the fridge and in a container with a lid.

Frequently asked questions

Can you use already cooked shrimp for this salad?

Yes. You can either add them cold to the salad or warm them up in the skillet.

What is the easiest way to wash and prep salad?

If you have a salad spinner, that is the easiest way to get the salad clean and ready to eat. You can also use a colander as well that you can put the salad in and run it under water.

What is the fastest way to unthaw shrimp?

If your shrimp is frozen, just run it under some cold water and it’ll thaw quickly that way. You can then pat it dry with a clean paper towel and cook it up in the skillet.

Large bowl of shrimp caesar salad with yogurt dressing on the side

This simple salad recipe is a fun way to get a new favorite salad fast! The combination of shrimp and caesar dressing is one that you’re going to love! This recipe is great anytime of the year and would be a great recipe to share with family and friends.

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Shrimp Caesar Salad

The flavor of this Shrimp Caesar Salad is amazing! It's an easy salad topped with baked croutons and a homemade greek yogurt caesar dressing!
5 from 65 votes
Servings 4 servings
Course Salad
Calories 316
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins

Ingredients
  

For the Dressing

  • ¼ cup Stonyfield Organic Grassfed Greek Yogurt
  • ¼ cup shaved Parmesan cheese plus more for serving
  • 1 large garlic clove
  • 1 tablespoon capers drained
  • 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • 1 lemon zested and juiced
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper

For the Salad and Shrimp

  • 1 head of romaine chopped about 4 cups
  • 1 pound large shrimp 20 to 24 per pound, peeled and deveined, tails removed
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper

For the Croutons

Instructions

  • Make the dressing. In a small blender or food processor, blend the Greek yogurt, parmesan, garlic, capers, dijon mustard, lemon zest, lemon juice and black pepper.
  • Cook the shrimp. Preheat a skillet over medium-high heat. Toss the shrimp with olive oil, salt and pepper, then transfer to the skillet and cook until shrimp is opaque, 2 to 3 minutes per side.
  • Make the croutons. Preheat oven to 400°F. On a baking sheet, toss cut bread with oil, salt, pepper and garlic powder. Bake until golden brown, 5-10 minutes.
  • Assemble salad. In a large bowl, toss the romaine lettuce with the dressing, shrimp and croutons. Serve immediately.

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Notes

Storage: Store all ingredients (lettuce, shrimp, & dressing) separately and combine once you’re ready to make a salad fresh. 

Nutrition

Calories: 316kcal, Carbohydrates: 38g, Protein: 11g, Fat: 13g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g, Monounsaturated Fat: 8g, Cholesterol: 5mg, Sodium: 1085mg, Potassium: 140mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 2g, Vitamin A: 666IU, Vitamin C: 3mg, Calcium: 126mg, Iron: 3mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate. It will vary based on cooking method and specific ingredients used.

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Two bowls of shrimp caesar salad with yogurt dressing on the side

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  1. This was so easy and tasted really great. Had cooked shrimp so just tossed them in the oil, garlic powder and black pepper and sautéed them the 2 mins. The dressing worked terrific. Try this, you’ll like it.

  2. Feelgoodfoodie has recipes that cater to all sorts of cravings. I made this today and it was ‘SO GOOD’! Quick, easy, and no compromise on taste. Must try!