Cilantro-Lime Shrimp, Corn and Black Bean Taco Salad

This just screams summer and Mexico! Doesn't a tropical Mexican Riviera vacation sound good about now? A few margaritas, a couple of these salads....I'm in...who wants to go?

My oldest boy loves shrimp, I mean, really loves shrimp. And he loves taco salad. In fact, I'm not sure which one he loves more. So I decided to combine these two loves and make something summery and delicious. I think I succeeded, since he gobbled this up in no time at all. It was an epic gobbling, let me tell you.

I love watching people eat and enjoy the things I's like a weird voyeur thing, but I can't help it.

I first cook the shrimp in this buttery-lime-cilantro sauce. I slice the shrimp lengthwise before cooking because it doubles the amount of shrimp bites in your salad. And, the shrimp cooks a little faster so there is a less chance of overcooking it. 

When the shrimp is done I take it out of it's buttery bath and I cook the corn for a few minutes in the same liquid. It adds so much buttery richness to the salad...I can't wait for you to try it!!

Salad awesomeness you should try.

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Cilantro-Lime Shrimp, Corn and Black Bean Salad

Recipe from: Created by Noble Pig | Serves: 4 entree portions or 6 side-salad portions


  • 1 pound jumbo shrimp, peeled, deveined and tails removed, sliced lengthwise
  • 3 ears corn, shucked and corn sliced off the ear
  • 4 Tablespoons butter
  • juice of 3 limes
  • 1 Tablespoon cilantro, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 head romaine lettuce, chopped
  • 1 (15 oz) can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 3/4 pound grape tomatoes, sliced lengthwise
  • 1 large avocado, diced
  • 2 scallions, chopped
  • corn tortilla chips (several handfuls)


  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 Tablespoons lime juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt


  • In a large nonstick skillet, melt butter. Add lime juice, cilantro and salt, stir to incorporate. Add shrimp and cook until opaque, about 2-3 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, remove shrimp from pan onto a plate to cool. Add corn to the same butter mixture, stirring and cooking for about three minutes. leave corn in pan and remove from heat. Set aside.
  • While the shrimp and corn are cooling, I prepare my lettuce, tomatoes, scallions, avocado and beans, adding them to a large bowl. I also whisk the dressing ingredients and toss them with the salad. I then add the shrimp, corn-butter mixture and a few handfuls of chips and give it one more big toss.


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11 Comments and 7 Replies

  1. This looks great, Cathy! I love how you cooked the corn in the same pan and in the same broth as the shrimp – smart and saves on the clean up ;)

  2. Kim in MD 3

    This looks amazing, Cathy!

  3. Barbie with a T 5

    The only way to describe our morning here today is “sultry”. And this meal is very anti-sultry. It would go very well as a quick lunch or a quick dinner. Days like this just don’t go very well with hot and heavy meals. Something light, yet filling is just what we need. This meal fits the bill.

  4. This looks like a perfect summer dinner!

  5. katie 9

    This looks great and pretty healthy too!

  6. This sounds so fresh, healthy, and… and Summery! Cant wait to try this one.

  7. Cathy, I’ve been a Noble Pig fan for quite some time. I love your crisp, clean style of photography and your recipes make me want to hit the kitchen early in the morning!

  8. Wowwwwww! That looks simply FANTASTIC! Feeling hungry hahaha.

  9. This looks and sounds wonderful and it’s perfect for summer!!

  10. Susan 17

    Made this for dinner tonight it was really yummy. I substituted frozen corn (our fresh isn’t that great yet). I boiled down the lime butter mixture after I cooked and took out the shrimp. Cooked the corn in the reduced liquid and served the salad as a composed salad with the corn, shrimp and avacado placed on top instead of mixed in. My husband loved it. Thanks for the Great recipe I’ll be making this again.

  11. Penney 18

    I prepared the salad last night after I came home from work. Yum!! My parents and my sister LOVED IT!! It was such a light, healthy, delicious meal! When you live in Vegas where temperatures are high most of the year, this salad is the perfect meal!


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