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If you’re a regular reader here, I bet you’ve noticed Dorothy. You’d know her by the entertaining and insightful comments she leaves. This is her recipe for Shrimp, Crab and Avocado Salad.

Shrimp Crab Avocado Salad served on a ceramic plate

Just about a year ago, she left a comment on my Mexican Corn on the Cob post. But this comment included a recipe to try and I FINALLY got around to it.

Why did I wait so long?

I debated with myself (a favorite activity of mine 🙂 ) about whether to call this a ‘salad’ or  a ‘cocktail’. We had it as a starter salad, thus the plate. But it would also be festive to serve it piled into martini glasses (as you might with Crab Salad). And that way, the recipe would serve more people. Because, you know, crab. At least here it’s about $40 a pound.

This is the perfect partner to anything you’ll be grilling this summer. It’s a combination of three buttery-in-their-own-way ingredients: shrimp, crab, avocado – tossed in a light and spicy tomato based dressing.

Thanks for a winner of a recipe, Dorothy! I love that you’re here…xo

And if you love seafood like we do, don’t miss these other delicious recipes: Bacon Wrapped Shrimp, Bacon Wrapped Scallops, Shrimp Creole, Shrimp Tacos, Salt and Pepper Shrimp, Shrimp and Avocado Salad, and Coconut Shrimp.

Dorothy’s Shrimp Crab and Avocado Salad

5 from 3 votes
Prep: 15 minutes
Total: 15 minutes
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Calories: 215
Servings: 4 people
I’ve written this recipe for 4 salads, but you could easily divide it into smaller portions for 8 to 10 appetizer portions.


  • 1-1/2 cups spicy tomato juice such as V8 or R.W. Knudsen Very Veggie Spicy
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 4 tablespoons fresh lime juice about 2 limes
  • generous pinch of salt
  • hot pepper sauce to taste, such as Tabasco or Cholula
  • 2 medium shallots finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 avocado diced
  • 1/2 pound fresh crab meat
  • 1/2 pound cooked shrimp preferably with tail in tact (just because they’re pretty 🙂 )


  • In a medium bowl whisk together tomato juice, ketchup, lime juice and salt. Season to taste with hot pepper sauce to taste. Stir in shallots and cilantro.
  • Gently fold avocado, crab and shrimp into tomato juice mixture.
  • Divide between 4 plates and serve.


Calories: 215kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 166mg | Sodium: 1059mg | Potassium: 563mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 370IU | Vitamin C: 18.7mg | Calcium: 122mg | Iron: 2.2mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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  1. Beeta @ Mon Petit Four says:

    Love this recipe, so thanks to Dorothy too for the contribution. Big fan of all the ingredients, and I think the spicy tomato dressing would just make me swoon. Love your photography and props as well, sweets <3

    P.S. I had to read the price of crab in your area like 3x till I believed what I read!! I've been able to snag crab at my local fish market for $2 a pound!! What the heck! Now I'll be appreciating the crab a lot more!

    1. Marissa says:

      Awww, thanks Beeta! Just to clarify, that’s for fresh crab already pulled from the shell. $2 a pound for whole crab sounds like a plan to me though – gotta love living near the ocean!

  2. Kevin | Keviniscooking says:

    5 stars
    Dorothy for the win… and don’t forget Gary, her partner in crime! This seafood plate is a winner. I haven’t had crab in so long, This is inspiring, look deelish. Thanks Marissa – and Dorothy. 🙂

  3. Nagi@RecipeTinEats says:

    5 stars
    SCREECH!!! Dorothy is the BEST!!! This looks absolutely amazing Marissa! And you know what? We (Aussies) know this as Prawn Cocktail 🙂 Our Prawn Cocktails are different to what you guys know them as. It’s delicious! This recipe is bang on!! N x

    1. Marissa says:

      Isn’t she wonderful!? We’ve got to go visit her…we can do a southern food – blogger road trip (hello BBQ!!!)! 🙂 I had no idea that this was an Aussie-style dish too. Awesome!

  4. Erin | Thanks for Cookin says:

    5 stars
    I adore shrimp and avocado together so next time I’m splurging on the crab, too, for this recipe! Delicious! And that’s so cool this recipe came from a reader…. HI DOROTHY!

    1. Marissa says:

      What a sweet comment. 🙂 Thanks, Erin.