Shrimp, Corn and California Avocado Pasta Salad

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 Shrimp, Corn and California Avocado Pasta Salad

Shrimp, corn, yogurt and fresh California Avocado mean this is no side salad. Your guests will give it a starring role on their plates and ask for an encore.


Serves: 8
  ripe Fresh California Avocado, halved, seeded and peeled
  (13-oz.) box small shell whole wheat pasta, cooked and rinsed with cold water
1/2  lb.  grilled large shrimp, shelled
  grilled corn cobs, kernels cut off & cobs discarded
cup  grape or cherry tomatoes, halved
cup  packed fresh basil leaves
Tbsp.  extra-virgin olive oil
Tbsp.  minced shallots
Tbsp.  nonfat plain Greek yogurt
1/2  tsp.  kosher salt
1/2  tsp.  ground pepper
  Extra salt and pepper, to taste (optional)

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


  1. Cut half of the avocado into chunks and the other half into thin slices.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the avocado chunks, cooked pasta, shrimp, corn kernels and tomatoes.
  3. In the bowl of a food processor, combine the basil leaves, olive oil, shallots, Greek yogurt, salt and pepper. Puree until almost smooth.
  4. Pour the dressing over the salad and toss gently to combine. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  5. Lay the avocado slices on top of the pasta salad. Serve.

*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.

Copyright © 2013, Dara Michalski

Dara Michalski

Dara Michalski, a Canadian (“Canuck”) living in the United States, is the recipe developer and photographer behind the healthy recipe and running site, Cookin’ Canuck. Dara has been sharing her easy, innovative and healthy recipes with her readers since April 2009. More recently, she started writing about her adventures with running, including her first marathon.

Starting in September 2011, Dara’s cooking and view on health went through a transformation, leading to a 30-pound weight loss and a new dedication to moderation in eating and exercise. She believes that healthy eating doesn’t need to equal boring food!

Dara is a brand advocate. Their content on the California Avocado Commission website and/or blog is part of their partnership with our organization.

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