citrus jalapeno shrimp salad

Have you ever timed yourself when you eat? Mostly like you haven’t. I have. Next time you’re eating something warm & comforting notice how fast you wolf-down your meal. Then time yourself consuming a salad. The resulting time between the two meals is quite different – the salad taking more than twice as long to eat. I’m in love with this citrus jalapeno shrimp salad. And friends, as with most salads, this salad requires lots of chewing. And chewing your food properly is one of the most overlooked but important aspects of weight-loss.

Chewing breaks down your food into smaller particles, making it more easily digestible. Digestion is demanding on your body & requires lots of energy, more so when you’re stuffing down food not properly chewed. Think of how tired you can feel after a large, heavy meal. Eat a salad & I guarantee you won’t feel the same need to nap.

The larger the food particles are in your stomach, the more bacteria is required to break those food particles down. Think gas, bloating, abdominal pain, indigestion & other, equally as unattractive stomach & bowel issues many of us experience after eating too big a meal.

Salads also contain more fiber than your average meal. As good health starts in our gut, this is very important to our overall wellbeing & something many of our diets lack. Fiber really is your friend, don’t overlook it. 

Dark leafy greens, citrus, chilies & nuts all contain fabulous amounts of fiber we need to be consuming on a daily basis. And if you’ve not tried oranges & jalapenos together I insist you must try this combo. I’m currently addicted. This salad has all the elements I consider important in a salad: Creaminess from the goat cheese & the dressing, crunch from the almonds & radishes, chewiness from the dried cranberries, sweetness from the juicy oranges, protein from the shrimp & heat from the jalapeno peppers. It’s my new favorite salad. 

So as we say goodbye to January & look towards the changing seasons, start to include more salads in your diet. Not only do they play a key role in weight loss enabling you to include more vegetables in your diet, a leafy salad will supply more fiber to your diet & slow down your eating, resulting in happier insides. And slower eating & a happier gut can aid in shedding those extra pounds. A win, win. Until next time, cheers xo.

citrus jalapeno shrimp salad
Serves 2
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
5 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
5 min
  1. 1 tablespoon olive oil
  2. 14 large raw shrimp, peeled & deveined leaving tails intact
  3. sea salt & freshly ground pepper
  4. 4 cups mixed baby greens
  5. 2 oranges, peeled & sliced
  6. 1 jalapeno, halved, seeds removed, sliced
  7. 8 small radishes, thinly sliced
  8. 1/4 cup almonds, toasted & coarsely chopped
  9. 1/4 cup dried cranberries
  10. 1/3 cup crumbled goat cheese
  12. 2 tablespoons orange juice
  13. 2 tablespoons sour cream
  14. 1 tablespoon olive oil
  15. 1 tablespoon white balsamic vinegar (or white wine vinegar)
  16. 2 teaspoons honey
  17. 1 garlic clove, minced
  18. sea salt & freshly ground pepper
  1. To make the dressing: Place all ingredients in a small mixing bowl; whisk to combine; set aside.
  2. Heat the oil in a medium frying pan over medium-high heat. Add shrimp, salt & pepper. Cook for 1 to 2 minutes or until shrimp are pink & just cooked; set aside.
  3. Arrange baby greens, shrimp, orange slices, jalapeno slices, radish, almonds, cranberries & goat cheese in a bowl. Drizzle with dressing. Serves 2.
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  1. I know it’s been years since you did Simple, Fresh, Delicious. But I still get compliments every time I serve your Sticky Date Cake with Caramel Sauce. Divine every single time!
    Will bookmark your blog and try some new recipes, starting with this shrimp salad.

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