Grilled Shrimp Caesar Salad

This nutritious and tasty grilled shrimp Caesar salad recipe is super quick and easy, perfect for a weeknight dinner or lunch. Featuring juicy, sweet prawns or shrimp (chicken could also be used), salty bacon, crisp lettuce, peppers and cherry tomatoes, this gluten-free and keto-friendly salad is smothered in the most delicious, creamy Caesar dressing. It’s high in protein and nutrients. Paleo & dairy-free modifications provided. I hope you enjoy this Caesar salad with shrimp. Don’t forget to leave a comment and rate this recipe for others to discover.

Grilled Shrimp Caesar Salad Recipe

I’ve always loved a good Caesar salad and my favourite thing about it is probably the dressing. If the dressing is done well, then it doesn’t matter what veggies or protein you toss in it. I wanted to include a nice Caesar salad in my free paleo meal plans but to make it a little more unique I went with grilled shrimp instead of chicken and add some extra colourful veggies like cherry tomatoes and sweet peppers.


This recipe is two servings of this salad, so simply increase the ingredients for a larger batch. You can use grilled chicken instead of prawns or shrimp, or experiment with other types of protein. And, feel free to use any other salad vegetables such as cucumber, radish, fennel or steamed asparagus. As I said, it’s more about the dressing than anything else.

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Keto Shrimp Caesar Salad Recipe


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Grilled Shrimp Caesar Salad

Grilled Shrimp Caesar Salad

  • Author: Irena Macri
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 2 1x
  • Category: Salad
  • Method: Grilled
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Gluten Free


Nutritious and tasty, this grilled shrimp Caesar salad is super quick and easy to make. It features crispy lettuce, bacon, grilled prawns, sweet peppers and cherry tomatoes. The best part is the delicious, creamy Caesar dressing! This recipe is gluten-free and low-carb and I provided dairy-free/paleo modifications below.



1 tablespoon olive oil or coconut oil

4 rashers of bacon

1214 large raw prawns/shrimp, peeled, tails on

1/4 teaspoon black pepper

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

4 cups cos or gem lettuce, roughly chopped

1 cup diced red or yellow sweet pepper (capsicum)

10 cherry tomatoes, halved

1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese (optional)

For the dressing

2 tablespoons good-quality mayonnaise

1 teaspoon Dijon or wholegrain mustard

2 tablespoons Greek Yoghurt

1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

1 clove of garlic, minced or crushed

2 anchovies, finely diced

1 tablespoon lemon juice

2 tablespoons finely grated Parmesan cheese

A pinch of pepper


  • Heat the oil in a large skillet and add the bacon. Cook on both sides until crispy, then remove to a plate and add the prawns. Season with a little pepper and garlic powder and cook for 2 minutes, each side. Set aside. 
  • Roughly slice the bacon and prepare other salad ingredients.
  • Whisk the dressing ingredients and toss through the salad in a large bowl. Stir through the bacon and shaved Parmesan if using. Top with the grilled shrimp. 


  • Paleo or dairy-free Caesar dressing: 3 tbsp mayo, 1.5 tbsp almond milk, 1 tsp Worcestershire, 1 garlic clove, 2 anchovies, 1 tbsp lemon juice, 1 tbsp nutritional yeast flakes, a pinch of pepper. In the salad, replace parmesan cheese with a sprinkle of nutritional yeast or try this paleo Parmesan cheese option. 
  • Keto modifications: The salad is gluten-free and low-carb but if you want to reduce the carbohydrates intake even further, replace peppers and cherry tomatoes with lower-carb veggies like cucumber, radish, celery, fennel or lightly grilled/blanched asparagus or snow peas.


  • Serving Size: Half of the salad (the dairy version)
  • Calories: 562
  • Sugar: 8.4 g
  • Sodium: 922.3 mg
  • Fat: 40.2 g
  • Saturated Fat: 11.3 g
  • Carbohydrates: 15.3 g
  • Fiber: 4.9 g
  • Protein: 36.9 g
  • Cholesterol: 209.7 mg


Grilled Shrimp Caesar Salad

Irena Macri
By Irena Macri

About the author: Hi, I’m Irena Macri. Here at Cooked & Loved you will find simple, delicious recipes worth sharing. From new dishes to old-time favourites with a twist, this is the food I cook and love. More about me here.

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