Grilled Parsleyed Shrimp and Vegetables

We estimated 7 to 8 shrimp per person and tripled this recipe for 24 guests. The lemon halves placed in the bottom of the serving bowl add color and act as a strainer. The shrimp and veggies sit on top, while the marinade settles to the bottom of the bowl.

Yield: Makes 6 to 8 appetizer servings
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Chill: 8 Hours


Ingredients

  • 3 pounds unpeeled jumbo fresh shrimp (16 to 20 count per pound)
  • 2 lemons, halved
  • 2 large yellow bell peppers
  • 2 large green bell peppers
  • 2 large red onions
  • 1 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 1 clove garlic, pressed
  • 1 (16-ounce) bottle olive oil-and-vinegar dressing
  • Garnish: fresh flat-leaf parsley sprigs

Preparation

  1. Peel shrimp, leaving tails on; devein, if desired.
  2. Squeeze juice from lemon halves to measure 1/4 cup; set juice aside. Reserve and chill lemon halves for later use.
  3. Grill shrimp, covered with grill lid, over medium-high heat (350° to 400°) 2 to 3 minutes on each side or until shrimp turn pink. Place in a large bowl.
  4. Cut each pepper into 4 large pieces; cut each onion horizontally into 3 large slices.
  5. Grill vegetables, covered with a grill lid, over medium-high heat (350° to 400°) 5 to 7 minutes on each side or until bell peppers look blistered and onions are crisp-tender; cut into 2-inch pieces. Add grilled vegetables, chopped parsley, and garlic to shrimp in bowl. Pour vinaigrette and lemon juice over mixture, and stir to coat and combine. Cover and chill 8 hours or overnight.
  6. Arrange reserved lemon halves in bottom of a deep serving bowl. Spoon marinated shrimp and vegetable mixture over top of lemon halves. Garnish, if desired.
  7. Note: For testing purposes only, we used Newman's Own Olive Oil & Vinegar dressing.
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