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Spicy shrimp Caesar Spinach salad in bowl with lemons and dressing on side

Spicy Shrimp Caesar Spinach Salad

  • Author: Lindsay Cotter
  • Prep Time: 15 min
  • Cook Time: 10 min
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 2 1x


Spicy Spinach Caesar salad with Shrimp (Paleo and Low Carb Option)



For the dressing:

  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1/2 tbsp spicy mustard
  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • sea salt or kosher salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • Pinch of cayenne
  • 1/2 to 1 tsp anchovy paste. (Add a pinch of salt or 2 tsp capers mashed with garlic if you don’t have anchovy paste)
  • 12 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 tbsp Lemon juice

For spicy shrimp:

  • 68 ounces medium shrimp, peeled, deveined
  • 1/4 to 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • Pinch of onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp pure olive oil or butter
  • Pinch of Sea Salt or Kosher Salt
  • Dash of ground pepper

For the Salad:

  • 6 cups fresh spinach (leaves) or greens of choice.
  • 1 small Cucumber – thinly sliced
  • 1 large carrot –  thinly sliced or ribbon cut
  • 1/2 small avocado, sliced.
  • 2 bell peppers – sliced thin
  • 23 tbsp roasted almonds
  • Optional sprouts or fresh herbs to garnish
  • Optional shaved parmesan to garnish  (Omit if paleo)
  • Optional Gluten Free Croutons – see notes – (omit for paleo option)
  • Sea Salt and Pepper to taste



  1. Preheat oven to 450F.
  2. While oven is preheating, make your caesar salad dressing.
    Whisk together all your ingredients in a small bowl. Salt/pepper to taste. Adjust if needed. If too salt, add a tsp of honey or maple syrup. Set aside or keep in fridge.
  3. Next bake your spicy shrimp. Toss your clean/peeled shrimp in olive oil and spices. Lay flat on cooking/baking sheet.
  4. Bake/roast for 4-5 minutes on each side; turning once, 3 to 4 minutes. So about 8-10 minutes all together or until shrimp are browned and opaque throughout.
    Remove from oven.
  5. Place spinach, thinly cut vegetables, optional croutons, and shrimp in 1 serving bowl or two small bowls. Add a few tbsp of roasted almonds on top along with herbs/sprouts to garnish.
  6. Drizzle with spicy Caesar dressing. Sea salt and pepper to taste.
  7. Optional shaved parmesan to finish.


  • For paleo option, omit croutons and cheese.
  • You will have extra dressing, so feel to keep the rest for later use. Store in fridge for up to 3 days. Nutrition for Spicy Caesar salad Dressing ~ 130 calories and 5 grams of fat per serving of 1.5 tbsp to 2 tbsps.

Homemade Gluten Free Croutons (omit for paleo option):

  • 1/2 cup gluten free bread (no sugar added)
  • 1 tsp oil (olive or avocado oil)
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  1. Toss your bread crumbs in garlic and oil, and place on baking sheet. Toast for about 5 minutes.
    Arrange your salad.
  • Category: main, salads
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: half full size salad without croutons

Keywords: shrimp caesar salad, spicy, gluten free, Paleo


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