Cajun Shrimp Salad Jar

This dish was created for the subreddt, /r/52weeksofcooking, where the theme was “brown bag lunch” and my second theme was “salad”. Yes, I know this is not a brown bag but I did not have any so my Doctor Who lunch box will have to do! This meal was so easy to create and it goes well, warm or cold. This morning, it was a nice change to just grab one of these jars and when I ate lunch, just give it a good shake and pop the top and dig in. If you do not want to eat out of the jar, you could easily just dump it out into a bowl or plate.

I ended up making a little bit too much Guacamole (such a bad problem) so I ended up eating the rest with some chips.

A note though, this is a little spicy so if you do not want a little kick, lower some of the spices or peppers.

A** Blood is a chili powder made from ghost peppers but any hot chili powder should do.

  • Servings: 4-serving
  • Difficulty: easy
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  • Course: salad
  • Preparation Time: 20 minutes mins
  • Cooking Time: 30 minutes mins


2 Avocados
1/2 Lime
1/4 teaspoon Kosher Salt
1/4 teaspoon Ground Cumin
1/8 teaspoon Cayenne Pepper
1/8 teaspoon A** Blood
1/4 Yellow Onion
1/2 Jalapeno Pepper
1/2 Serrano Pepper
1 Roma Tomato
1/2 Tablespoon Chopped Cilantro
1 Clove Garlic
Sauteed Peppers and Onions
2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
1 Clove Garlic
1 Red Bell Pepper
1/2 Yellow Onion
1/4 teaspoon Freshly Ground Pepper
1/4 teaspoon Ground Oregano
1/4 teaspoon Crushed Red Pepper
4 leaves Fresh Basil
Cajun Shrimp
1/2 lb Shrimp
1/2 teaspoon Smoked Paprika
1/2 teaspoon Dried Thyme
1/2 teaspoon Dried Oregano
1/8 teaspoon Garlic Powder
1/8 teaspoon Kosher Salt
1/8 teaspoon Freshly Ground Black Pepper
1/8 teaspoon Cayenne Pepper
1/2 Tablespoon Canola Oil
Salad Jar
Sauteed Peppers and Onions
Cajun Shrimp
Tablespoons Guacamole
1/2 Cup Cooke Quinoa


  1. Start by making the Guacamole. Half and seed the Avocados.
  2. In a large bowl, scoop the Avocado pulp and juice the Lime. Toss to coat.
  3. Using a potato masher, add the Kosher Salt, Cumin, Cayenne Pepper, and A** Blood and mash.
  4. Dice the Onion, seed and mince the Jalapeno and Serrano Peppers, seed and mince the Roma Tomato, and chop the Cilantro.
  5. Fold in the diced Onion, minced Jalapeno Pepper, Serrano Pepper, and Roma Tomato, and the chopped Cilantro.
  6. Taste and adjust salt if necessary. Set aside.
  7. In a large frying pan, heat the Olive Oil over medium-low heat.
  8. While the pan is getting hot, peel and chop the Garlic, seed and slice the Red Bell Pepper, and slice the Yellow Onion.
  9. When the pan is hot, add the chopped Garlic, cook for 1 minute.
  10. Add the sliced Bell Pepper and Onion, Pepper, Oregano, Crushed Red Pepper, and whole Basil Leaves.
  11. Turn the heat to low and sautee until the onions are soft and transparent, the peppers and basil wilt, and the garlic is golden (about 10 – 15 minutes).
  12. Meanwhile, peel the shrimp and place is a large ziplock bag.
  13. Add the Smoked Paprika, Thyme, Oregano, Garlic Powder, Kosher Salt, Black Pepper, and Cayenne Pepper. Shake the bag to coat the Shrimp. Set aside.
  14. In a medium frying pan, heat the Canola Oil over high heat.
  15. When the pan is hot, add the Shrimp, and sautee until done (about 4 – 5 minutes), stirring occasionally.
  16. To prepare the Salad Jars, put 1/4 of the sauteed Peppers and Onions on the bottom, topped with 1/4 of the Shrimp, a couple Heaping Tablespoons Guacamole, enough Spinach to get almost to the top, and cooked Quinoa.


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