Grilled Shrimp Garden Salad with Sesame Lime Dressing

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Grilled Shrimp Garden Salad with Sesame Lime Dressing is a delicious, summery entree salad that’s quick, easy and perfect any day of the week! It’s loaded with fresh greens, cherry tomatoes, corn, cucumbers and succulent shrimp lightly coated in an Asian-inspired dressing.

After splurging on some heavier barbecue over Memorial Day Weekend, I was ready for something lighter and this super tasty Grilled Shrimp Garden Salad was an ideal solution. It’s a great combo of flavor and texture that’s a cinch to whip up and perfect for summer al fresco dining.

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Making Grilled Shrimp Garden Salad

Before grilling the shrimp, I coated them in a mixture of chili-garlic sauce, paprika and cumin (s&p too of course) for a little kick but nothing too spicy. Dial the heat up or down as you like! The grill adds some extra smoky flavor but you can always pan sear or oven roast these beauties to perfection too. Cooking times for the different methods are provided in the recipe.?

The dressing is a simple blend of lime juice, zest, sesame oil, soy sauce and honey. It was well suited to complement the flavors of the salad ingredients without overpowering. Plus you can make it days in advance to have on hand.

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The beauty of salads is their versatility so feel free to add and mix up as many seasonal fruits and veggies as you like. Enjoy! Cheers to summer, friends!!

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Grilled Shrimp Garden Salad with Sesame Lime Dressing

Such a delicious, summery salad loaded with fresh greens, tomatoes, corn, cucumbers and succulent shrimp lightly coated in an Asian-inspired dressing!
Course Main Course, Salad
Cuisine American, Seafood
Keyword entree salad, garden salad, grilled shrimp, summer salad
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Author Kim Peterson

Ingredients

  • Salad
  • 2 pounds uncooked large shrimp (21-25 ct), peeled, deveined
  • 2 teaspoons chili-garlic sauce
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 ears of corn, husked
  • 2 teaspoons vegetable oil
  • 8 ounces mixed baby greens or romaine lettuce
  • 2 tablespoons each fresh mint and parsley, plus extra for garnish
  • 8 ounces cherry or grape tomatoes, halved
  • English hothouse cucumber, thinly sliced
  • 1 avocado, halved, peeled, pitted, cut into thin slices
  • 1 teaspoon sesame seeds
  • Dressing
  • Zest of 1 lime
  • ¼ cup fresh lime juice
  • 1 ½ tablespoons reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 ½ tablespoons toasted sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon honey

Instructions

  • Salad
  • Place shrimp in a medium bowl. Toss shrimp with chili-garlic sauce, cumin, paprika, salt and pepper until evenly coated. (Can be made 1 day ahead. Cover and refrigerate.)
  • Thread shrimp onto skewers* or use a grilling pan to cook. Set aside.
  • Preheat grill over medium-high heat.
  • Brush corn with vegetable oil. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Grill corn 6-7 minutes per side. Remove from heat and tent with foil to keep warm.
  • Grill shrimp** skewers 3-4 minutes per side if using skewers. Cook 5-6 minutes until opaque in the center if using a pan.
  • When the corn is cool enough to handle, cut off the kernels.
  • Toss greens, mint and parsley in a large bowl and lightly coat with some of the dressing.
  • Arrange shrimp, tomatoes, cucumber, avocado and corn over greens. Drizzle a little more dressing over top.
  • Garnish with sesame seeds and extra herbs. Pass extra dressing separately when serving. Enjoy!
  • Dressing
  • Whisk all ingredients in a medium bowl. (Can be made 3 days ahead. Cover and refrigerate.)

Notes

*If using bamboo skewers, be sure to soak them at least 30 minutes.
**Rather not grill? Pan sear 2-3 minutes per side in a heavy large skillet, or roast on a large sheet pan at 400°F for 10-12 minutes until just opaque in the center.

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*Recipe generously adapted from Bon Appétit, August 2005

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8 Comments

  1. This salad looks SO refreshing! I love the added smoke flavor that grilling adds! And since shrimp is my favorite food, I def would devour this!!

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