Grilled Shrimp Salad with Feta Tomato & Watermelon

Ripe, in-season ingredients are the key to this summery main-course salad, so use the best tomatoes and watermelon you can find.

Reprinted from the book Fine Cooking Cook Fresh. Copyright © 2013 by Taunton Press. Published by Taunton Press.

Grilled Shrimp Salad with Feta Tomato & Watermelon

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    1 1/2 pounds raw extra-jumbo shrimp, peeled (leave tail segment intact) and deveined Vegetable oil, for the grill
    6 tablespoons fresh lemon juice, divided 1/2 medium head frise, torn into bite-size pieces
    1 teaspoon smoked sweet paprika 3 cups small-diced seedless watermelon
    Kosher salt 3 medium ripe red or yellow tomatoes, cored and cut into wedges
    Freshly ground black pepper 2 cups yellow cherry or pear tomatoes, halved
    1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil 6 ounces feta, cut into small dice
    1 1/2 teaspoons honey 30 fresh basil leaves, thinly sliced


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    • 1

      Prepare a hot gas or charcoal grill fire.

    • 2

      In a medium bowl, toss the shrimp with 2 Tbs. of the lemon juice and the paprika; marinate at room temperature for 5 minutes. Thread the shrimp onto metal skewers or wooden skewers that have been soaked in water for at least 30 minutes. Season the shrimp on both sides with 1/2 tsp. salt and 1/4 tsp. pepper.

    • 3

      In a small bowl, combine the remaining 1/4 cup lemon juice with the olive oil, honey, and a pinch each of salt and pepper. Whisk well.

    • 4

      Clean and oil the grill grates. Grill the shrimp, flipping once, until firm and opaque throughout, 4 to 6 minutes total.

    • 5

      In a large bowl, gently toss the frisée with 3 Tbs. of the dressing. In a medium bowl, gently toss the watermelon, tomatoes, feta, basil, 2 Tbs. dressing, 1/4 tsp. salt, and 1/8 tsp. pepper. Divide the frisée among 4 plates and spoon one-quarter of the watermelon mixture over each. Top with the shrimp skewers, drizzle with the remaining dressing, and serve. 

    nutritional information

    3 g
    24 g
    Saturated Fat:
    9 g
    20 g
    36 g
    990 mg
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