Shrimp Tomato & Avocado Salad Stacks

These beautiful, zesty shrimp, avocado and tomato salad stacks are fantastic as an appetiser for a dinner party or Christmas celebrations, especially for a festive lunch.


Festive Shrimp Avocado & Tomato Salad Stacks
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Photography by Andriy Sarymsakov

Gorgeous king prawns or smaller shrimp might not be what some associate with Christmas, but down under in Australia it’s a classic festive ingredient. Seafood is often served for Christmas lunch, accompanied by a beautiful sauce and a salad. I wanted to share a super simple and beautiful looking appetizer dish made with small marinated shrimp, sweet tomatoes and velvety avocado dressed with citrus juices.

Cook’s notes

You can prepare all of the dish elements ahead of time and assemble the stacks just before serving. Another way you can serve this dish is as a layered salad in small glasses or jars, or a larger single platter.

If you’re using larger king prawns, you can dice them into smaller pieces or serve fewer pieces per serving.

For those following AIP (autoimmune protocol) or avoiding tomatoes for other reasons, diced mango, peach or cucumber would work really well with shrimp and avocado.

If you don’t have aged, sweet balsamic vinegar, use regular balsamic and combine it with a teaspoon or so of honey.

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Festive Shrimp Avocado & Tomato Salad Stacks
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Shrimp Tomato & Avocado Salad Stacks

Prep Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Author: Irena Macri | Eat Drink Paleo
Servings: 6
Course: Side or Main
Cuisine: Mediterranean
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5 from 1 vote
Calories: 225kcal
These beautiful, zesty shrimp, avocado and tomato salad stacks are fantastic as an appetiser for a dinner party or Christmas celebrations, especially for a festive lunch.


For the shrimp layer

  • 500 g cooked prawns 1 lb. or 7-8 shrimp per person
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground red peppercorns or black peppercorns, chilli is also great
  • 2 tablespoons chopped parsley
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh rosemary or dried rosemary
  • Generous pinch of sea salt
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

For tomatoes

  • 4 large tomatoes quartered, seeds removed and diced into small cubes
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt

For avocado layer

  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • Juice of 1/2 small orange
  • Juice of 1/2 lime
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 clove of garlic grated or finely diced
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 3 ripe but over-ripe avocados, diced into cubes (about 1/2 avocado per person)

For garnishes

  • 2 tablespoons sweet balsamic vinegar aged (omit for Whole30)
  • A few peppercorns or chill flakes you can also add some fresh pomegranate seeds
  • Chopped chives or scallions


  • First, we’re going to marinate the shrimp, which can be done the day before or a few hours ahead of serving. Combine cooked prawn meat with the rest of the ingredients and use your hands to toss everything together until well combined and coated. Leave to infuse for 2-3 hours or overnight.
  • Dice tomatoes (seeds removed) and season with sea salt. Combine and set aside.
  • Combine lemon, orange and lime juices with olive oil, garlic and salt and whisk together. Add the diced avocado and combine gently as to not mash or break the avocado too much.
  • To assemble, divide the avocado between 6 small or serving glasses, or as one large layer on a bigger platter. Then pour over the remaining dressing over the top evenly.
  • Scoop the diced tomato over each serving and then top with equal amount of marinated shrimp. Scatter chopped chives or scallions over the top and drizzle the plate with some sweet balsamic vinegar. Sprinkle with some peppercorns or chilli flakes.


Calories: 225kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 9g | Trans Fat: 0.01g | Cholesterol: 105mg | Sodium: 870mg | Potassium: 340mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 319IU | Vitamin C: 11mg | Calcium: 54mg | Iron: 1mg
Keywords: Tomato, salad recipes, Shrimp Recipes, shrimp avocado salad
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Irena Macri
By Irena Macri

About the author: Hi, I’m Irena Macri. I share delicious recipes that I have cooked and loved. I am a published cookbook author, have been food blogging for over 10 years and have a Diploma in Nutrition. You will find many healthy recipes as well as my favourite comfort food. More about me here | Subscribe to my newsletter and freebies

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