Delicious and Simple With Heidi Licata

Tequila & Mango Salad with Grilled Shrimp Recipe

Spring has sprung and one of my favorite dishes to make is my tequila grilled shrimp salad. This dish is a canvas of color on your plate that is filled with aromatic fresh ingredients which will make your taste buds do the tango. A hint of El Jefe Tequila Reposado to top off this impressive dish. Serve as an appetizer or family style, its sure to be a hit. Enjoy!

Ingredients:  Step 1 Dressing

  • 1/8 cup El Jefe Teguila, extra shot on side for sipping
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2-3 tablespoons honey
  • 3-4 fresh lime, juiced
  • 2-3 tablespoon  fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1-2 teaspoon fresh jalapeno, seeded and cut fine
  • Fresh ground black pepper, to taste
  • Double dressing if desired


  • Mix all ingredients in a Maison jar, shake until honey is dissolved
  • Take a 1/4 of the dressing and set aside in a bowl
  • Refrigerate remaining dressing until ready to use on salad

Ingredients: Step 2  Mango Salad

  • 1 Large avocado, diced into 1/4 inch
  • 1 Large mango, diced into 1/4 inch
  • 1 cup tomato, diced 1/4 inch
  • 1/2 bunch cilantro, chopped
  • 1/8 cup shallots, finely diced
  • Remainder of Jalapeno, seeded, finely cut
  • Fresh cracked black pepper, to taste


  • Place all ingredients in a bowl and mix all together
  • Add dressing 1/2 hour prior to serving, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate

Ingredients: Step 3 Grilled Shrimp

  • 30-40 large shrimp, cleaned and deveined
  • 4- wooden skewers (soak wooden skewer in water if skewering shrimp and grilling on grill)
  • Lime cut in small quarters for garnish on skewers


  • In a medium bowl toss shrimp with the saved dressing, Put shrimp on wooden skewer or grill shrimp individually easiest to skewer shrimp after they are cooked.
  • Heat grill pan, spray with non stick spray
  • When grill pan ready on medium high heat
  • Grill each side approximately 1-2 minutes, until shrimp are opaque in color with grill marks, pull off and set aside.

Assembling Dish:

Serve family style on a large platter or individual serving vessels. Skewer two shrimp and piece of lime place on wooden skewer for garnish set aside. When serving in individual serving dish divide salad and remaining shrimp equally then top with shrimp and lime skewer.

Makes 4 servings

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