Grilled Shrimp with Melon & Pineapple Salsa

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Grilled shrimp is perfectly accented by this light, summery pineapple-melon salsa. The flavors are bright and fresh, just right for a hot day. Use just one melon or any combination of melons—including watermelon—for the versatile salsa. For best flavor marinate the shrimp overnight.

Grilled Shrimp with Melon & Pineapple Salsa
photographer: Ken Burris
Nutritionist Tested & Approved
Ingredients
  • Total Time: 1 1/4 hours (plus marinating time)

  • 1 pound raw shrimp, (16-20 per pound), peeled and deveined (see Note)

  • 2 tablespoons canola oil, divided

  • 2 teaspoons finely grated fresh ginger, divided

  • 2 teaspoons minced seeded jalapeño, divided

  • 2 cups finely diced firm ripe melon

  • 1 cup finely diced fresh pineapple

  • 1/4 cup finely diced red bell pepper

  • 1/4 cup finely diced green bell pepper

  • 1/4 cup finely diced red onion

  • 3 tablespoons rice vinegar

  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh mint, plus 4 sprigs for garnish

  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

  • 4 large lettuce leaves, such as Boston, romaine or iceberg

  • 4 lime wedges

Directions
  1. Marinate the shrimp (Step 3) for up to 24 hours. Cover and refrigerate the salsa (Step 2) for up to 4 hours. | Equipment: Four 8- to 10-inch skewers

  2. 4 servings

  3. Combine shrimp, 1 tablespoon oil, 1 teaspoon ginger and 1 teaspoon jalapeño in a medium bowl. Cover and refrigerate for 4 hours or up to 24 hours.

  4. Combine melon, pineapple, red and green bell pepper, onion, vinegar, chopped mint and salt in a large bowl with the remaining 1 tablespoon oil, 1 teaspoon ginger and 1 teaspoon jalapeño. Refrigerate until cold, about 30 minutes or up to 4 hours.

  5. About 20 minutes before serving, preheat grill to high.

  6. Thread the shrimp onto skewers, piercing each twice, once through the tail end and once near the head end. Grill the shrimp until pink and just cooked through, 2 to 3 minutes per side. When cool enough to handle, slide the shrimp off the skewers.

  7. To serve, arrange one large lettuce leaf on each dinner plate. Spoon salsa onto the lettuce and top with shrimp. Garnish each serving with a lime wedge and a mint sprig, if using.


Nutritional Facts

Servings
4
Per serving
Calories
213
Carbohydrates
16g
Fat
8g
Saturated Fat
1g
Monounsaturated Fat
5g
Protein
19g
Cholesterol
168mg
Dietary Fiber
2g
Potassium
509mg
Sodium
352mg
Added Sugars
0g
Exchanges
1 fruit
2 1/2 lean meat
1 fat
Carbohydrate Servings
1
Vitamin C (97% daily value)
Vitamin A (24% dv)
Iron (20% dv).

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