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Watercress Salad with Shrimp, Avocado and Cucumber

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This watercress salad features shrimp, avocado, and cucumber, and is finished with fresh lime juice. A tasty low carb dish to serve as a lunch or appetizer.

Watercress Salad with Shrimp, Avocado and Cucumber - a delicious low carb lunch or appetizer recipe

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Watercress – also known as cress in the US – is a peppery salad leaf that is similar to arugula. It's made up of 95% water, and is definitely a low carb vegetable: one cup of packed watercress (about 34g) contains only 0.2g net carbs!!

It forms the base of this very tasty salad, which relies on some fantastic fresh ingredients to create a wonderful combination of flavors: pepperiness from the watercress, creaminess from the avocado, a refreshing crunch from the cucumber, a zing from the lime juice and of course the delicious shrimp! It really has to be tried!

How to Make a Watercress Salad with Shrimp, Avocado and Cucumber

If you have a bunch of watercress, remove the thicker stems and roughly chop. If you have a bag of prepared watercress than you can just add them to a bowl.

Watercress Salad with Shrimp, Avocado and Cucumber - a delicious low carb lunch or appetizer recipe

Slice half an English cucumber in half again, the slice and quarter.

Watercress Salad with Shrimp, Avocado and Cucumber - a delicious low carb lunch or appetizer recipe

Add the cucumber to the watercress together with some cooked shrimp.

Watercress Salad with Shrimp, Avocado and Cucumber - a delicious low carb lunch or appetizer recipe

Next, add some diced avocado.

Watercress Salad with Shrimp, Avocado and Cucumber - a delicious low carb lunch or appetizer recipe

Finally, squeeze some fresh lime juice over the avocado (I love this handheld juicer!) and season with salt and pepper.

Watercress Salad with Shrimp, Avocado and Cucumber - a delicious low carb lunch or appetizer recipe

Watercress Salad with Shrimp, Avocado and Cucumber - a delicious low carb lunch or appetizer recipe

Toss everything together, garnish with chopped chives, and serve immediately.

Watercress Salad with Shrimp, Avocado and Cucumber - a delicious low carb lunch or appetizer recipe

You could serve this watercress salad as a lunch for two to share or an appetizer for four. 

Watercress Salad with Shrimp, Avocado and Cucumber - a delicious low carb lunch or appetizer recipe

Watercress Salad with Shrimp, Avocado and Cucumber

Watercress Salad with Shrimp, Avocado and Cucumber

Yield: Serves 2-4
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

This watercress salad features shrimp, avocado, and cucumber, and is finished with fresh lime juice. A tasty low carb dish to serve as a lunch or appetizer.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups (approx 1½ oz) fresh watercress leaves
  • ½ English cucumber, sliced and quartered
  • 8 oz cooked shrimp
  • 1 avocado, diced
  • juice of one lime
  • salt and black pepper
  • 2 tbs finely chopped chives

Instructions

  1. Add the watercress, cucumber, and shrimp to a large bowl.
  2. Next, add the avocado.
  3. Squeeze the lime over the avocado and season with salt and pepper.
  4. Toss everything together, garnish with the chives, and serve immediately.

Notes

7g net carbs per serving (half the salad)

You could also serve this watercress salad as an appetizer for four people to share. 

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Nutrition Information
Yield 2 Serving Size Half the salad
Amount Per Serving Calories 315Total Fat 17gSaturated Fat 3gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 13gCholesterol 239mgSodium 1387mgCarbohydrates 14gNet Carbohydrates 7gFiber 7gSugar 2gProtein 29g

Nutritional information for this recipe is provided as a courtesy and is my best approximation. I cannot guarantee completely accurate data due to variations in ingredients and cooking methods. Carbohydrates from sugar alcohols are not included in net carb counts as it has been shown that they do not impact blood sugar. Net carbs are the total carbs minus fiber.

Adapted from this recipe.

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