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Shrimp Walnut Salad with Cheddar Jack Bacon Dressing Recipe

I was hired by Kraft to create a recipe using their Kraft Fresh Take Cheddar Jack and Bacon mixtures. This post is about my experience.

Walnut Shrimp Salad with Kraft Fresh TakeI’m talking Bacon again this week with a new #KraftFreshTake challenge!

You may remember that with my first #KraftFreshTake challenge I made these amazing Cheesy Bacon Bite appetizers. Now, I’m rising to the next challenge…

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I decided I was going to make a Cheddar Jack and Bacon Shrimp and Walnut salad topped with Cheddar Jack and Bacon Salad Dressing. How’s that for the longest recipe title, ever? You get it… there’s bacon and cheese involved. That’s really all you need to know!

FreshTake-BagAlthough my challenge was to make a side salad, we enjoyed this creation as a meal. Also, I knew if I added fruit to the salad, my kids wouldn’t eat it. However, if I were to do the third part of the challenge, diced green apples would have been a perfect addition!

Putting the salad together was a cinch. Just a little bit of Kraft Fresh Take and shrimp shaking… a little baking… and a little stirring, and we had a salad the whole family gobbled down!

So, what do you think? What would you do with a package of Kraft Fresh Take Cheddar Jack and Bacon? Make sure to hop on over to Twitter and check out the #KraftFreshTake hashtag to see what other bloggers have been challenged to make. There are some seriously delicious recipes being created!

Stay tuned for a great Kraft Fresh Take giveaway coming soon! Until then, how about the recipe? Enjoy!

Walnut Shrimp Salad with Cheddar Jack Cheese Bacon Dressing

Shrimp Walnut Salad with Cheddar Jack Bacon Dressing

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 4 servings

Shrimp Walnut Salad with Cheddar Jack Bacon Dressing

Shrimp coated with Kraft Fresh Take Cheddar Jack and Bacon mixture make the perfect addition to this salad. Top with Cheddar Jack and Bacon Dressing (dressing recipe adapted from AllRecipes)


  • 1 bag Spring Salad Mix
  • 1 cup walnut halves
  • 1 pound shrimp, de-veined and tails removed
  • 1 package Kraft Fresh Take Cheddar Jack and Bacon
  • For the Dressing:
  • 2 cups shredded Kraft Colby Jack Cheese
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • 1/4 cup whipping cream
  • 1 cup cooked bacon crumbles
  • 2 cups light mayonnaise
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • additional shredded cheese for garnish (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 375°
  2. Place shrimp in the Kraft Fresh Take Cheddar Jack and Bacon bag. Seal and shake until shrimp is well coated.
  3. Place shrimp on a foil lined baking sheet and bake for 15-20 minutes (depending on the size of your shrimp)
  4. Remove from oven and let cool.
  5. In the meantime, place shredded cheese, flour and cream in a medium saucepan. Whisk together and heat until melted and pourable. Let cool.
  6. In a medium bowl, whisk together cooled cheese sauce, bacon, mayonnaise and milk until evenly blended.
  7. Assemble spring mix, walnut halves, cooked shrimp on salad plates. Top with optional shredded cheese. Drizzle prepared salad dressing over the salad and serve.
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This is a sponsored post on behalf of Kraft. All opinions expressed are my own.

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  1. oh heavens. Bacon, shrimp and salad. Favorite combination. It’s on my menu plan for tomorrow!

  2. I think if I made this salad I would need to double the portions just so my family could get some. :)

  3. I think spring didn’t get the memo or something. It’s currently snowing big time here. I have no words…
    This salad looks so fresh and beautiful, Kristen! The dressing sounds amazing!

  4. Hmmm this looks yum. Great post. Thanks for your help! ; D

  5. This is amazing, Kristen! I love these flavor combinations. The dressing is heavenly!

  6. Yum! What a fun side salad :) I love how these contests really let you get creative

  7. This is a gorgeous salad! I wouldn’t mind enjoying this as a meal as well, not just as a side dish. Cheese, bacon and shrimp sound so good together.

  8. This sounds wonderful! And I love that picture of pouring on the dressing!

  9. I want this in my life!

  10. This salad looks and sounds amazing! I love the Kraft Fresh Takes.

  11. Oh my, this looks superb and so simple to make too!

  12. I keep passing by the Fresh Takes in the store because I think they’re just for chicken. I like how you make this with shrimp and turned it into a salad. Plus it has bacon! It has to be delicious with bacon!


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