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Shrimp Louie Salad with Louie Salad Dressing

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If you’re a fan of big flavors and all the extras, this loaded Shrimp Louie Salad will be a dinnertime dream!

Seasoned, spiced shrimp, creamy avocado, goat cheese, and crispy fried onion rings are just some of the fixings on top of this salad that give it a bold punch of flavor. Shrimp Louie isn’t just for eating out anymore- it’s simple enough to make at home.

A large shrimp Louie salad next to Louie salad dressing.

Why this Shrimp Louie Recipe Works

Our Shrimp Louie salad is a hearty and filling meal, and we’ve upped the ante when it comes to the delicious toppings! Fried onion rings are a yummy, savory extra, and they add a whole new layer of crunch and texture.

And the shrimp? They are incredible on their own! We changed the game with Spiceology’s Chile Margarita seasoning but you can certainly use your favorite shrimp seasoning of choice for a different flavor profile in this salad.

Our Shrimp Louie is:

  • fresh and flavorful
  • easy to make and ready in under 30 minutes
  • a versatile dish that’s perfect for brunch, lunch or dinner

This Louie is a complete meal and it is guaranteed to fill you up. You don’t need any extras but it is good with our homemade rye bread. If you want a soup and salad combo, we recommend a light soup like our lemon broccoli soup or our fire-roasted tomato soup.

Shrimp Louie Ingredients

For this easy Louie salad, you will need:

For the Louie Salad Dressing

This dressing is good on any salad but it is especially great on Louie salads. The dressing is creamy, sweet, and tangy with just a hint of smokey spiciness. Whip up a double batch of the dressing and use it as a dip for French fries, chicken tenders, raw vegetables, or fried fish.

  • Mayonnaise
  • Sour cream
  • Ketchup
  • Lemon juice
  • Garlic clove, minced
  • Prepared horseradish
  • Smoked paprika
  • Brown sugar
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • Salt

For the Salad and Shrimp

  • Spiceology Chile Margarita Rub (or your seasoning of choice)
  • Medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • Asparagus spears, ends trimmed
  • Romaine lettuce, rinsed and chopped
  • Ripe avocado, sliced
  • Cherry tomatoes, halved
  • Radishes, sliced
  • Hard-boiled eggs, peeled and sliced
  • Crispy fried onion rings
  • Crumbled goat cheese

We went all out with the toppings for this shrimp Louie. There is a medley of flavors and textures and the creamy dressing ties them together. Our dressing makes a little more than you need so don’t despair if you like your lettuce swimming in dressing.

If you prefer a different flavor for the dressing, try our buttermilk ranch dressing, feta dressing, or blue cheese dressing. If you want something on the lighter side, go with our orange champagne dressing. Even a lemon vinaigrette like we have on our tabbouleh salad would be delicious.

Seasoned shrimp, vegetables, cheese, eggs, and crispy fried onions on a salad.

How to Make the Best Shrimp Salad

While there are a few steps to preparing and assembling this Louie salad, each step is easy and no-fuss.

Here’s a quick look at how to make the shrimp Louie but for the full, printable recipe card, scroll to the bottom of the page.

  1. Prepare the salad dressing: Combine all of the dressing ingredients in a medium bowl and whisk well. Store it in the fridge until it’s time to serve.
  2. Cook the shrimp: Season the shrimp and cook them in a skillet.
  3. Steam the asparagus: After you steam the asparagus, transfer them to a bowl of ice water to keep them crisp and green. Alternatively, you can use roasted asparagus.
  4. Assemble the salad: Add the lettuce to a large bowl and assemble all of the ingredients on top. Serve with the creamy Louie dressing on the side.

Don’t forget, our printable recipe card is at the bottom of the page.

Salad Making Tips

Prepping ahead of time: You can cook the shrimp and eggs and steam the asparagus several days in advance.

Choosing the lettuce: Choose crisp lettuce like iceberg or romaine as a base. You can also mix in some spinach or arugula.

Any shrimp will work: You can use pre-cooked bay shrimp if you want to save some time. If the weather is good, light some charcoal and make some grilled shrimp. The char from the grill will add more flavor.

Seasoning: We linked to the chili rub that we used on the shrimp, however any seasoning will work. you can even make a simple garlic, salt, and pepper rub.

What to Serve with Shrimp Louie Salad

A serving dish filled with shrimp Louie salad.

From the zesty dressing to the goodies piled on top of this Louie salad, every bite is sure to please! There’s nothing better than a loaded salad for lunch, and we love this version of a classic Shrimp Louie. We know you will love it too. 🙂

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A large shrimp Louie salad next to Louie salad dressing.

Shrimp Louie Salad

Our shrimp Louie salad is LOADED with extra toppings and big flavors. It makes a hearty and filling meal. The shrimp get seasoned with a chile margarita seasoning but you can use your favorite seasoning to change up the flavor profile.
We got adventurous with the toppings to give the salad an updated look and flavor. Crispy fried onion rings add a sweet, salty flavor and crisp crunch that contrasts with the creamy avocado and goat cheese.
5 from 12 votes
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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 4 to 6 servings
Calories: 660kcal
Author: Dahn Boquist



  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • ¼ cup sour cream
  • ¼ cup ketchup
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 garlic clove minced
  • 2 teaspoons prepared horseradish
  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • ½ teaspoon salt


  • 3 tablespoon olive oil divided
  • 1 tablespoon Spiceology Chile Margarita Rub or seasoning of choice
  • 1 pound medium shrimp peeled and deveined
  • 1 bunch asparagus spears ends trimmed
  • 1 head romaine lettuce rinsed and chopped
  • 1 ripe avocado sliced
  • 8 ounces cherry tomatoes halved
  • 5 radishes sliced
  • 4 hard-boiled eggs peeled and sliced
  • ½ cup crispy fried onion rings
  • ¼ cup crumbled goat cheese


Make the Dressing

  • Combine all the ingredients for the dressing in a medium bowl and whisk well. Cover the dish and store it in the refrigerator. 

Cook the shrimp.

  • Coat the shrimp in 2 tablespoons of olive oil, then sprinkle the seasoning over them. Stir well to coat all the shrimp in the seasoning. 
  • Heat some olive oil in a sauté pan over medium heat. Add the shrimp and cook for 2 minutes on each side then transfer to a plate. Don’t crowd the shrimp. If your pan is small then cook them in batches. 
  • Set the shrimp aside to cool while you steam the asparagus. 

Steam the asparagus.

  • Put some ice water in a large bowl and set it aside.
  • Place one inch of water in the bottom of a large pot. Place the asparagus inside a collapsable steamer basket and set it in the pot. Bring the water to a boil then cover with a lid.
  • Steam the asparagus for 4 to 5 minutes or until tender yet still crisp. Transfer them to a bowl of ice water to stop them from cooking. 

Assemble the Salad

  • Add the lettuce to a large bowl and assemble all the ingredients on top.
  • Serve with the dressing on the side. 


Serving: 1 | Calories: 660kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 27g | Fat: 50g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 37g | Cholesterol: 309mg | Sodium: 1528mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 10g

Dahn Boquist

Dahn is a retired nurse, recipe creator, home cook, baker, and self-proclaimed foodie. She loves creating in the kitchen and cooking for family and friends. She lives in Washington State with her husband and dog. When she isn't cooking or baking, you can usually find her spending time with her grandchildren or exploring the beautiful Pacific Northwest.

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Wednesday 9th of March 2022

Now that's a SALAD with lots of flavours and quality ingredients! I would love one for my lunch .

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