If you love easy shrimp recipes, you're really going to be into this Shrimp Louie Salad!

a delicious Shrimp Louie salad with pink shrimp, sliced boiled egg, tomato, avocado, lemon wedges and lettuce in a white serving bowl with text that says Shrimp Louie Salad

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What's in A Shrimp Louie Salad?

According to Wikipedia, Shrimp Louie is a traditional salad from San Francisco that originated in the early 1900's.  I was surprised to learn this because I assumed it was French. 

This shrimp Louis salad recipe usually has shrimp, lettuce, egg, and tomato.  Check, check, check, and check. But I'm one of those people who will put avocado on ANYTHING that makes sense, so I threw some slices in.  I also love a squeeze of lemon on most seafood dishes, so I included lemon wedges too.

Shrimp Louie salad with shrimp, lettuce, tomato, egg, avocado, and lemon wedges in a white serving bowl

I didn't add any to mine, but some diced cucumber and celery would also be tasty in this shrimp Louis salad.

How to Boil Shrimp for Shrimp Louie Salad

Boiling shrimp is one of my favorite ways to cook shrimp because it is so easy!  All you have to do is bring enough water to a boil so that when you add the shrimp to your pot, they will be completely covered.  I wanted to flavor my shrimp a bit, so I added butter and seasoning salt to my water.  Once your water is boiling, gently place your shrimp into the water.  The shrimp should start turning pink right away.  You know they are done cooking when they curl up and form a "c" shape.  It should only take about 2 minutes (or less) for this to happen.  Your shrimp will no longer be translucent and is ready to be pulled out of the water.  I like to use a strainer to dip my shrimp out of the pot, but you can also use a colander in your sink and pour the water off.  Keep an eye on these little beauties while they cook.  The last thing you want to do is over cook them and end up with rubbery shrimp.   

boiled shrimp being removed from seasoned boiling water with a strainer

Since this shrimp is going to be used in this refreshing Shrimp Louie salad, chill it in the refrigerator until it is cold and you are ready to assemble your salad. 

Shrimp Louie Dressing

A traditional shrimp Louis dressing is made with mayonnaise.  I actually don't like mayonnaise very much, so I used plain Greek yogurt instead.  The Greek yogurt is light and tangy and perfect as the base of this salad dressing.  Cocktail sauce and worcestershire sauce are the other ingredients is this easy recipe.  

a light pink shrimp Louie salad dressing in a glass salad dressing bottle

That salad bottle is pretty, right?  You can pick up one here.  Use a funnel to add your dressing to the bottle to avoid a huge mess and a lot of frustration. 

You can dress your Shrimp Louis salad right before serving or just leave it on the side for your guests to decide how much they want to add.

Pouring a homemade Louie salad dressing over a Shrimp Louie salad

I love that this Shrimp Louis salad is hearty enough to serve as a dinner salad.  A homemade blackberry soda or blueberry mint lemonade would go great with this and a whole bunch of other salad recipes.

More Easy Shrimp Recipes To Try

If you like this Shrimp Louie salad, try my buffalo shrimp salad too!  And this Cajun Pepper Shrimp from Half Baked Harvest looks killer - it's on my summer bucket list.

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A shrimp Louie salad served in a white salad bowl along with a bottle of light pink Louie salad dressing

That's it for this Shrimp Louie salad recipe.  Until next time!


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a bowl of shrimp louis salad with shrimp, lettuce, egg, tomato, avocado and lemon wedges

Shrimp Louie Salad

Yield: 2
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

This Shrimp Louie salad is one of those delicious and easy salad recipes you need in your dinner menu planning! Tasty boiled shrimp on a bed of lettuce along with hard boiled egg, tomato, and avocado with a tangy Louie dressing.


  • 1 pound raw shrimp (peeled and deveined)
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 tsp seasoning salt
  • 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup cocktail sauce
  • 1 tbsp worcestershire sauce
  • 1 head of lettuce
  • 1 hard boiled egg
  • 1 medium tomato
  • 1/2 large avocado
  • lemon wedges to garnish


  1. Fill a pot with water and bring to a boil
  2. Add the butter, seasoning salt and raw shrimp to the boiling water
  3. Cook the shrimp until completely done
  4. Remove the shrimp from the boiling water and chill in the refrigerator
  5. Make the dressing by mixing together the plain Greek yogurt, cocktail sauce, and worcestershire sauce. Set aside.
  6. Prepare the salad by chopping the lettuce and add to your serving bowl.
  7. Top the lettuce with sliced boiled egg, sliced tomato, sliced avocado, chilled shrimp, and garnish with lemon wedges.
  8. Pour the dressing over the salad right before serving, or on serve on the side.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 2 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 486Total Fat: 20gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 397mgSodium: 2551mgCarbohydrates: 36gFiber: 13gSugar: 13gProtein: 46g

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3 comments on “Shrimp Louie Salad”

  1. I also thought it was a French salad, it’s nice to find out new things! And this salad is simply delicious and fresh.
    Thank you for posting

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