This recipe makes extra dressing; refrigerate it in an airtight container, up to 3 days.
3/4 cup buttermilk
1 avocado, halved, pitted, and peeled
1 teaspoon lime zest, plus 1/4 cup lime juice (from 2 limes)
Coarse salt and ground pepper
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 pound medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
3 hearts romaine lettuce, coarsely chopped
1/2 cup pepitas (pumpkin seeds), toasted
1/2 cup fresh cilantro leaves
In a blender, combine buttermilk, avocado, lime zest and juice, and 2 tablespoons water. Blend until smooth, 20 seconds. Season dressing to taste with salt and pepper. In a large skillet, heat oil over medium-high. Season shrimp with salt and pepper. Cook until opaque throughout, about 3 minutes, flipping once. In a large bowl, toss together romaine, pepitas, cilantro, shrimp, and 1 cup dressing until combined and serve immediately.
Swap it: You can substitute grilled chicken breast for the shrimp in this salad.
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