Grilled Shrimp Salad

grilled shrimp salad

 Leah Maroney

  • Total: 40 mins
  • Prep: 20 mins
  • Cook: 20 mins
  • Yield: 1 salad (serves 4)

Bright, fresh, and super-healthy this chopped grilled shrimp salad is the perfect summer entree. And the whole thing is made on the grill...yes, even the lettuce! It may sound crazy, but this step adds beautiful color, and unexpected flavor. It really elevates this simple dish. Succulent grilled shrimp, a super-simple avocado and lime dressing, and a crumble of cotija cheese round out this gorgeous salad.

Ingredients

  • 4 romaine hearts
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • salt and pepper
  • 3 ears of fresh corn
  • 1 lb. jumbo shrimp (peeled)
  • 2 cups cherry tomatoes (chopped)
  • 1 cup yellow or green bell pepper (chopped)
  • 2 cups English cucumber (chopped)
  • 1 avocado (diced)
  • 1/2 cup cotija cheese
  • For the Avocado Lime Dressing:
  • 1 avocado (peeled)
  • juice of one lime
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 cup cilantro
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 teaspoon diced jalapeno
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather your ingredients.

    grilled shrimp salad
     Leah Maroney
  2. Cut the romaine hearts in half lengthwise. Brush them with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper.

    Grilled Shrimp Salad
     Leah Maroney
  3. Place the romaine hearts directly on the grill and quickly char them. You don't want the lettuce to be completely wilted, just a nice, quick char. Place them on a plate to cool.

    Grilled Shrimp Salad
     Leah Maroney
  4. Gather your charred corn ingredients. If you are using corn on the cob, follow the directions in the variations section. Place the olive oil, salt, pepper, and corn in a sauce pan. Heat on high heat.

    Grilled Shrimp Salad
     Leah Maroney
  5. Cook the corn until charred. Shake and toss the pan every few minutes so that both sides of each kernel are cooked.

    Grilled Shrimp Salad
    Leah Maroney 
  6. While the corn is cooking, make the dressing.

    Grilled Shrimp Salad
    Leah Maroney 
  7. Combine all of the dressing ingredients (except the olive oil) in a blender or food processor and blend until completely smooth. Drizzle in the olive oil as you are blending. Add more water if the dressing is too thick.

    Grilled Shrimp Salad
     Leah Maroney
  8. Place the peeled shrimp onto skewers. Use a few tablespoons of the dressing to brush over both sides of the shrimp.

    Grilled Shrimp Salad
     Leah Maroney
  9. Add them to the grill and grill for a few minutes on both sides, or until cooked through. Brush with more dressing as you are grilling. Just make sure to keep that portion of dressing separate so you don't cross-contaminate the salad.

    Grilled Shrimp Salad
     Leah Maroney
  10. Roughly chop the romaine.

    Grilled Shrimp Salad
     Leah Maroney
  11. Add the romaine and the other chopped vegetables, including the corn, to a bowl. Add 1/4 cup of the dressing and toss together until the salad is lightly dressed.

    Grilled Shrimp Salad
     Leah Maroney
  12. Divide the salad among four bowls, and top each salad with the shrimp, cotija cheese, avocado, and an extra drizzle of dressing. Serve immediately, and enjoy!

Variations

If you're going to use whole ears of corn, follow these simple directions:

  • Brush the ears of corn with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Wrap them in aluminum foil.
  • Place the ears of corn on the grill and cook for 10 minutes or until steamed through. Remove them from the foil and place them on the grill to get a nice char.
  • Remove the kernels from the ears of corn and set them aside.

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