Easy Shrimp and Artichoke Salad

By Katie, 5:04 am

I know I’ve said this before, but sometimes my favorite way to “cook” is just to throw a bunch of great ingredients together and let them do their thing. This shrimp salad recipe is one of those that is so delicious primarily because I barely did anything! ;-)

What you’re seeing is a pretty unadulterated mix of shrimp, artichoke hearts, black olives, chickpeas, and red onion. The whole combination is dressed very simply with olive oil, lemon juice, sea salt, red pepper, and a touch of cumin.

When I said I did nothing to cook this dish, I meant it – I actually used pre-cooked shrimp! Talk about taking the easy way out! 8-)

Well, actually, I did do something: I waited to eat it. I made this in the morning and did not consume it until dinner, because the blogger who inspired this recipe recommended giving at least 4 hours for the flavors to marinate. I think this was worthwhile because the lemon flavor was more infused into the shrimp, but if you decide to dig in right away, it will still be yummy!

Easy Shrimp and Artichoke Salad
From Branny Boils Over

12 oz. shrimp, cleaned and peeled (I used pre-cooked)
3/4 cup black olives
14 oz. can artichoke hearts, drained
2 cups chickpeas
1 medium red onion, chopped
1/4 cup parsley, chopped
1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
3 tbsp lemon juice
1/2 tsp crushed red pepper
1/4 tsp cumin
sea salt, to taste

1. If your shrimp isn’t pre-cooked, place it in a saucepan with enough water to cover by 1 inch. Bring pot to a boil, turn off, and let cool.

2. Whisk together olive oil, lemon juice, crushed red pepper, cumin, and salt. Pour over shrimp.

3. Add the olives, artichoke hearts, chickpeas, red onion, and parsley. If you’d like, let mixture marinate in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours.

*If desired, serve over a bed of mixed greens.

Do you ever take the easy way out with meat and seafood and buy the pre-cooked stuff? I usually don’t because it’s more expensive, but sometimes the convenience is too tempting to resist!


Do you have a favorite recipe that is less about “cooking” and more about simply mixing great ingredients together?

22 Responses to “Easy Shrimp and Artichoke Salad”

  1. That’s most definitely my favorite way to cook too :-) I love doing that with things like couscous and pasta salads.

  2. ha! that’s basically the only way i prepare food…mixing great ingredients together!
    i hate cooking.
    baking, i LOVE. cooking, not so much :)

  3. Sarah says:

    “Throwing things together” is how I tend to cook. I do it a lot with eggs and soups (although the soups tend to turn in to casseroles because I don’t use enough broth).

  4. it’s so awesome sometimes when you don’t have to worry about prepping everything and you can just throw it all in a pot and be done! i have a recipe book full of those and i love every single one!

  5. I desperately wanted rice last night but couldn’t find any of the quick cooking stuff, so I bought a bowl of Amy Chung’s microwaveable brown rice. I hate that I spent $2.50 on one portion of rice, but I was exhausted.

  6. I often buy the pre-cooked shrimp. It’s such a time saver! This recipe looks fantastic, by the way. :D

  7. I buy the pre-cooked shrimp just because it makes life so much easier! I hate to admit it but Wal-Mart always has it for $5 / bag.. but we don’t live near that Wal-Mart anymore.. so alas we actually haven’t had shrimp in awhile! I’ll need to make a salad similar to this — because I always forget how much I like artichokes!!

  8. That certainly does look easy. Except for the olives (yuck) sounds great. Already cooked shrimp is the best.

  9. I take the easy way out by buying precooked shrimp :-) Also, a lot of the chicken sausage I buy is precooked. The other day I put precooked chicken sausage, garlic, and tomato sauce in a crock pot for 3 hours and it was the easiest and tastiest meal I’d made in awhile!

  10. katie says:

    hi lovely!! ive missed YOU!! mmm i <3 shrimp! I never buy it tho bc it freaks me out raw.. haha i like having others cook it for me tho!

  11. I think bean and pasta salads are perfect examples of this. With the perfect dressing and fresh herbs, they are so tasty and healthy!

  12. amanda says:

    I love to cook this way. I am always doing that when I use my crockpot. A little bit of this and a little bit of that.

  13. liz says:

    last night i made an incredible avoc & tom & other vegs mixture. it was so fully and so delightful! perfect for lazy or summer days!

  14. I love throwing stuff together to have a lovely and delicious surprise! The Lover loves it too. Not so much w/ Big Boy. :)

  15. Meg says:

    Oh lala! I love shrimp and will use any excuse to eat it! I’m definitely going to make this before it cools down!

    p.s. I would love to give you a baking lesson! :)

  16. sophia says:

    Mmm…that looks so fresh and vibrant! At first I thought you did a shrimp ceviche when I saw the pic. I think I prefer the cooked shrimp. ;-)

  17. I’m more of an assemblier than cooker (I tend to burn things) haha my favorite this to make right now is cucumber and hummus wraps! Simple and easy

    I love shrimp- looks delicious!

  18. I am the worst at waiting to eat something… even if I know it’ll taste better that way. Way to be patient!

  19. Sarah says:

    Precooked shrimp is amazing :) I get a frozen bag at Trader Joe’s and keep it in the freezer for a shrimp craving. I personally love to whisk together mustard and lemon juice and combine it with tuna, onion, and tomato then dump it on top of a bed of greens. Have you seen the frozen artichoke hearts at Trader Joe’s? Perfect if you want a serving not an entire can plus they aren’t seasoned from being stored in oil.

    • Katie says:

      My pre-cooked shrimp was from Trader Joe’s. :)

      But I haven’t seen those frozen artichoke hearts! I’ll definitely look next time; you’re right, that would be so much better!

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