Ensalada Aguachile with California Avocado

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Serves: 12

Aguachile Sauce (recipe follows) 72 shrimp (approx. 3-½ lbs. 16/20 count), cleaned, butterflied 3 cucumbers, cut in half lengthwise, then sliced into half rounds 1 red onion, peeled, cut in half, thinly sliced 3 Fresh California Avocado, peeled, seeded, sliced* Aguachile Sauce (Yield: 3 cups) 2 cups fresh lime juice 6 Tbsp. cilantro, chopped 3 jalapeno peppers, stemmed and seeded 3/4 cup cucumber, peeled and diced 1/2 tsp. kosher salt

Aguachile Sauce:

  1. Place all ingredients in a blender and quickly pulse, leaving the sauce chunky. Season to taste with extra salt.
  2. Place shrimp in a large container, sprinkle with salt, and pour the Aguachile sauce over the shrimp. Refrigerate for about one hour until the shrimp are pink and appear “cooked”.


  1. Divide the cucumber slices among 12 plates, shingling them on each plate. Top each with 6 shrimp. Pour about ¼ cup of the Aguachile sauce over the shrimp on each plate. Garnish each plate with ¼ of an avocado that has been sliced, and a few red onion slices. Serve with saltine crackers or tortilla chips.

*Large avocados are recommended for this recipe. A large avocado averages about 8 ounces. If using smaller or larger size avocados adjust the quantity accordingly.

Did You Know?

It’s actually easy to create an avocado rose. If you are setting out a spread of appetizers, add a beautiful avocado rose to elevate the appeal. Or if you are looking for more casual appetizers try these California Avocado snack recipes.

As with all fruits and vegetables, wash avocados before cutting. Check out our tips for how to choose and use California Avocados


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