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Shrimp Quesadillas with Tomato Avocado Salsa

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Shrimp, avocados and melted cheese, what a combination!

Shrimp, avocados and melted cheese, what a combination!

I was very impressed with the melting factor of Cabot’s 75% reduced fat cheddar. I will definitely be buying it again for other recipes. I shredded it in my mini food chopper. The reduced fat Pepper Jack cheese would be an amazing option as well.

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Shrimp Quesadillas with Tomato Avocado Salsa

4.67 from 3 votes
Shrimp, avocados and melted cheese, what a combination!
Course: Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine: Mexican
Shrimp, avocados and melted cheese, what a combination!
Total: 30 minutes
Yield: 4 servings
Serving Size: 1 quesadilla


  • 16 large shrimp, cleaned and deviened
  • cumin
  • garlic powder
  • salt and fresh pepper
  • cooking spray
  • 4 scallions, chopped
  • 6 oz Cabot's 75% Light Vermont Cheddar, shredded
  • 8 6" low carb whole wheat flour tortillas (I used La Tortilla Factory)

For the Tomato Avocado Salsa:

  • 1 medium tomato, diced
  • 1 hass avocado, diced
  • 1 lime, juice of
  • 1 tbsp cilantro, chopped
  • 1 tbsp red onion, finely minced


  • In a medium bowl, combine tomatoes, avocado, red onion, lime juice, cilantro, salt and pepper.
  • Season shrimp with salt, pepper, cumin, and garlic powder.
  • Lightly spray a hot skillet on medium heat with cooking spray, add shrimp and scallions. Cook 2-3 minutes on each side until shrimp is cooked though.
  • Remove from heat and cut shrimp in half lengthwise, set aside.
  • Heat skillet on medium heat and lightly spray with oil.
  • Add tortilla, top with 1.5 oz cheese, 8 shrimp halves, and tomato avocado salsa. When the cheese is melted and the bottom of the tortilla is golden brown, place the other tortilla on top.
  • Put a plate on top of the quesadilla to flip it over onto the plate. Then slide the other side onto the skillet.
  • Cook another minute and remove with a spatula.
  • Cut into wedges and serve immediately.

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Serving: 1 quesadilla, Calories: 307.5 kcal, Carbohydrates: 27.5 g, Protein: 29.5 g, Fat: 16 g, Fiber: 18 g



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74 comments on “Shrimp Quesadillas with Tomato Avocado Salsa”

  1. Quick and tasty meal. I used pico de Gallo as a shortcut. Also, since I couldn’t find a low carb tortilla, I only used one and folded it over. Will definitely make again !

  2. Super tasty! I ended up just spreading the avocado on the top tortilla because when stuff falls out of my children’s quesadillas they never eat it. The lime juice is crucial to brightening everything up.

  3. Hey Gina, we make a version of this, in case you ever want to try. My husband created it after eating them on the coast in Mexico.  He sautéed diced bell red peppers, garlic, diced mushroom and little onion.  Drains the liquid, adds the shrimp and voila, deliciousness! I like to cut up the shrimp, easier to bite the quesadilla.  Ps is it ok to offer suggestions?  I am not asking you to change your recipe, but since you love tasty food wanted to offer another way to do them.  If I told isn’t ok, I apologize!

  4. Have you or could you calculate the Free Style Pts.? I tried to put into the calculator but it needs the sat. fat and sugars
    Thank you !

  5. Made these tonight for dinner.-yum! I would 1/2 shrimp before cooking and just sauté w scallions. Could  only find 50% cheddar-still 11SP.  Tip on flipping and plating was very helpful. Hubby liked them too. Will add recipe to rotation. Thank you!

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    Danielle Grassia

    Made these last night and they were fabulous! I do have a question, though, about the Smart Points listed. When I enter the above nutrition info into the WW calculator, I get 6 points. Could it be because I'm not factoring in the sugar and saturated fat which aren't listed above? Thanks!

  7. These were fantastic. My husband and son inhaled theirs, and both requested that I make them again in the near future. I went with regular pepperjack, because the store was out of the Cabot 75%. The tomato/avocado salsa absolutely made the dish. I served your Southwestern Black Bean salad on the side – because they share so many ingredients, they tasted great together, and were so easy to make. Looking forward to having these again soon.

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    Alison Kelley

    I made these tonight and they are fantastic! My husband and kids loved them and found them very filling. My oldest son who hates eating anything great loved the avocado mixture to my surprise. Thank you for the recipe!

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    Mom Taxi Julie

    I was just coming here to say what Kelly said, had to come back for the rest of the directions/ingredients.

  10. How much do 16 large shrimp weigh? I plan on making this tomorrow night BUT I only have 1/2 a pound of small shrimp in my freezer. Do you think I'll need more??


  11. I made these tonight for my husband and myself – they're fantastic! He's really picky about quesadillas, too – he loves the greasy, fatty quesadillas you get at Mexican restaurants, so I wasn't sure if he'd like these. But he loved them (and so did I). I didn't tell him that I used low carb whole wheat tortillas (I use the ones from Trader Joe's, only 45 calories each) and low fat cheese, and he didn't even notice. Success! Thanks for the great recipes.

  12. This looks amazing!!
    I've recently discovered skinny taste and I find myself making ALL my meals from it! Haven't found a bad recipe yet 🙂

  13. Just made these for lunch and felt compelled to pass along my husband's comments. He isn't a picky eater, but he is critical of flavor combinations. With that said, he gave these 10 out of 10 points! (I honestly don't think that has happened before.) He said the flavors were well balanced, and he enjoyed the citrus flavor from the lime. Nothing to add, nothing to take away. Just a perfect recipe.

    BUT, like others have mentioned, it's hard to eat more than one. These things are filling!! Guess we're going to have to find another use for 1/2 an avocado so we can half the recipe.

    Thanks, Gina, for knocking this one out of the park!

  14. Hands down the best quesadillas I have ever had. You have quite a gift of coming up with these recipes! Thanks so much!

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    Gina @ Skinnytaste

    La tortilla factory is 1 point for 2 tortillas if I remember correctly. It's hard to find a tortilla as low in points.

  16. I made this for dinner tonight and it was delicious, and very filling. Thanks Gina!
    I used Nature's Promise whole wheat tortillas, and when I put it into recipe builder I got 13 points-plus per serving. All the other ingredients were the same. How many points-plus are the La Tortilla Factory tortillas? I remember I bought them once and now I can't find them!


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    Gina @ Skinnytaste

    Chicken would be great! I also have a recipe for chicken quesadillas if you want to look it up.

  18. These look so delicious, but unfortunately I am allergic to shrimp 🙁 But I LOVE the idea of the avocado salsa, do you think the quesadillas would still taste good if I substituted roasted or grilled chicken? I'm assuming it would add a point or so per serving, but just wondering if you thought it would taste ok. Thanks!!

  19. Made this last night, so good!!! This will definitely be part of my regular rotation! Thanks for sharing it!

  20. I was doing it for separate ingredients. If all together its 8 pts+ Im going with it! I gave this recipe as well as your website to my eeting and everyone was very excited! Better than a Mexican restaurant!

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    Gina @ Skinnytaste

    Just updated points plus and I got 8 points plus. I don't calculate it separate, did you put this in recipe builder?

  22. This recipe is to die for, it's my all time favorite, but when I calculate it im getting 10 pointsplus. What am I doing wrong? Im assuming each serving gets 1/4 avacado which is 3 pts+ 2 tortillas which is 4 pts+ 4 shrimp which is 1 pts+ and the cheese is 2 pts+ Please let me know how to make this 7 or 8 pts+ because I love it! Thanks Gina!

  23. The recipe doesn't say how much cumin or garlic powder to use. Can you tell me how much? Thanks. 🙂

  24. I made this the other night with a whole wheat weight watchers pita (since I didn't have an tortillas on hand) and it was incredible! Mmmm nothing like a low fat tasty quesadilla! Even my boyfriend who is down on health food loved it!

  25. Fabulous! It was a hit with the whole family. It really was a taste sensation.
    I wound up using Mission Carb Balance. I couldnt find any of the 1 pt tortillas. I live in Nassau County, where can you find La Tortilla Factory?

  26. Made this last night! It was delicious! My 13 yr old daughter loved it and cleaned her plate!!! Thanks Gina!!

  27. These are delicious. Nice and cheesy and very filling! My husband is becoming a Gina fan too now because I make all these yummy meals for him. 😉

  28. These were perfect! So fresh and tasty! I have the turkey stuffed peppers and banana cream pie on the menu for tonight….your recipes are amazing!

  29. I made this yesterday and it turned out great! What a simple recipe! I know I would've paid at least double for this delicious meal if I went to a restaurant. Gina, I LOVE your website. Thank you.

  30. Another delicious recipe!! My hubby and I loved these! I can't thank you enough for all of your fabulous creations…and most of all your time!!

  31. YUMMMMMMMMMY! These quesadillas were a hit at dinner tonight! I used Veggie Slices Pepper Jack Soy Cheese for these. Added a little kick and it melts very well.

    Thanks for the great recipe!

  32. I made these earlier this week…they were yummy. I added some lightly sauted peppers and onions and made them into to fajita quesadillas. It was super filling! Thanks for your great recipes! Making the pasta with aspargas tonight!

  33. I just joined WW and I am loving it simply because of your site. I made this delicious meal last night and it was to die for. I didn't have cheese on hand and made it without and it was still excellent. I also made the pasta with asparagus the other night which was very very good.
    This is really a fabulous site! Love it!

  34. We just made these last night and they were great!! They were sooo good! I wasn't sure how I was going to feel about the Tomato Avocado salsa, but it gave it so much flavor! I don't have the quesadilla pan flipping thing down yet. 🙁 So good!

  35. Made these tonight minus the tomatoes since we don't like them and they were YUMMY!!! I live in a small town so very limited on cheeses so used Kraft low fat cheddar and it was good. So happy I found this site. Tomorrow we are having the Barbacoa beef w/ chipotles cilantro lime rice!

  36. these look wonderful. i bought some of the cabot 75% reduced fat cheddar to put in my tuna pasta salad and it wasn't great to just eat plain, it was kind of dry and crumbly. i'll have to make this so i can use it up! looks like another winner, as usual.

  37. Wow these look so good, and my hubby and I are on a slight avocado obsessed phase! 🙂 Gina, thank you so much for these recipes. You have revitalized my creativity for making WW recipes (something I have done for years and was starting to get bored). Now I'm excited going through your site making these healthy, easy, yet delightfully fresh meals! I LOVE your cobb salad. Holy moly that was great! Oh and your crepes…I could go on! Thank you again, you don't realize what good you are doing!

  38. I will try this on Saturday! Having guest, no one will know the difference! Thanks again Gina!

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    I love shrimp and I love quesadillas, however for some reason, I have never combined the two!

  40. Man, that looks good! I'm allergic to shrimp but I think farm raised tilapia will work as well, which I can eat.

  41. Delicious, I saved 18 points for dinner, so decided that I could have 2 servings….BIG mistake, I could barely finish the 1st b/c it was sooooo filling. My husband loved it, I will definitely make it again. Thanks!

  42. Good to know about the cheese, you gotta have good melting cheese in quesadillas! The tortillas almost look homemade, they must be good!

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    This looks awesome! A perfect, quick summer dinner…

    We don't have the same availability of foods in the supermarkets here in my part of Canada but Cabot cheese is one of the products I always bring back with me when I travel to the US. I'll have to look for the reduced fat cheddar – haven't seen that one yet.

    Thanks, Gina!

  44. Oh my, these look delicious! And I agree- reduced fat Cabot melts well, is delicious, AND low-fat… yum 🙂

  45. The sell it in my supermarket. I noticed you can also buy it online (see the link). Frozen shrimp is fine! Cooked shrimp would work too if you are pressed for time. Toss with some lime, salt and cilantro first.

  46. Yum! These look amazing! Any suggestions of where to find that cheese? Also, I am the only shrimp lover in my house – would frozen work?

    These are so on my menu this week, the rest of the family can have chicken in theirs. 🙂

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    Queen of Quirky

    Oh shrimp. How I love you. I will have to make this on a night my husband isn't around. He is also allergic. But this looks fantastic. I hope I can find that cheese!

  48. Yes Dawn, love them! They are packed with fiber! Shrimp is just so quick and easy to make, love it. My daughter is allergic so that complicates things a bit.

  49. Don't you love those La Tortilla Factory Tortillas? I use them for everything! Love this dish…I'm all about some shrimp lately.