Paleo Shrimp Salad with Yams and Arugula

Updated: Feb 6

A warm salad with wild shrimp and wild greens that will take your tastebuds for a wild ride!

This is my favorite style of cooking; quick, healthy, and full of flavor. While today's recipe uses Wild Shrimp, you can apply this technique to any number of proteins and yield the same result. One thing is for sure, you'll be craving more!

I love arugula. Don't just eat it cold guys, you can eat it hot. - Paleo Nick

When I started making cooking videos in 2011, one of the first ones I released was Roasted Root Vegetables. When you have roasted yams or sweet potatoes ready to go, meals like this come together in under 10 minutes. Serranos lend some heat to a nice blend of vegetables and low-fat protein. If you follow me on Instagram, be sure to scope the Reel that I made of this one. I also shared a few stories from my favorite scene of Forest Gump, where Bubba describes all the ways to make shrimp!

Wild Shrimp Salad with Yams and Arugula

Ingredient List:

  • 1/2 tbsp Olive Oil

  • 18 wild shrimp, peeled and deveined (I used the 10-20 Argentinian shrimp from Costco)

  • 3/4 cup roasted yams, diced

  • 3/4 cup roasted purple sweet potatoes, diced (I used the organic, Stoke's variety)

  • 2 pieces bacon, cooked and chopped

  • 1/2 yellow onion, diced

  • 1/2 red bell pepper, diced

  • 1/2 serrano pepper, minced

  • 2 handfuls arugula (about half of a 5 oz. clamshell)

  • Kosher salt and black pepper, to taste

Cooking Directions

  1. Heat oil in a pan over high heat until oil runs like water when pan is tilted.

  2. Season shrimp with salt and pepper while pan is heating.

  3. Add yams, sweet potatoes and seasoned shrimp to the pan in a spread out fashion. Cook for 60 seconds, then toss or stir. (I use a 14" non-stick skillet to make sure my food cooks quickly and that I have enough room.)

  4. Add onions, bell peppers and serranos and cook for 2 minutes, turning the shrimp as soon as the bottom side becomes opaque. Season with salt and pepper.

  5. Toss or stir all ingredients until well combined and shrimp is cooked through. Then, add bacon and arugula and cook for 30 seconds.

  6. Toss or stir, season with salt and pepper to taste, and voila, dinner's done!

This recipe is for two servings.

Each serving is approximately 4 blocks on The Zone diet or:

  • 28g Protein

  • 36g Carbohydrate

  • 12g Fat

Here's what mine looked like when plated up!

Be creative with this one! While I used shrimp, I made another similar meal yesterday with bison steak instead of shrimp and chipotles instead of serranos. It was equally as delicious!

If you make this, please leave a comment below to let me know how it turned out. I always like to see photos of your creations as well. Please follow me on Instagram and tag me there when you post your version!

"Keep It Paleo!"

Your Pal,

Paleo Nick

(Rocking it with King James Foster and Jonas at the Carson City Aquatic Center. This event meant a lot because when I met James in 2017, he had never been in a swimming pool. On this trip, we got him to wear goggles for the first time and to do two laps down and back. He struggled through it all saying, "I'm nervous," but also battling back with, "Fear Is A Liar.")

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