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Lemony Grilled Shrimp Salad

Photo: Mary Britton Senseney/Wonderful Machine; Styling: Mary Clayton Carl
Yield Serves 4 (serving size: 2 cups salad and 6 shrimp)
Combine citrusy grilled shrimp with arugula, avocado, and jicama to make a Mexican-inspired main dish salad.


  • 2 teaspoons grated lemon rind
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, divided
  • 7 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 24 extra-large shrimp, peeled and deveined (about 1 pound)
  • Cooking spray
  • 6 cups baby arugula
  • 1 cup peeled jicama, cut into 2 x 1/4-inch strips
  • 1 avocado, peeled and diced
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 ounce queso fresco, crumbled (about 1/4 cup)

Nutrition Information

  • calories 309
  • fat 18.4 g
  • satfat 3 g
  • monofat 11.7 g
  • polyfat 2.6 g
  • protein 26 g
  • carbohydrate 11 g
  • fiber 6 g
  • cholesterol 175 mg
  • iron 3.8 mg
  • sodium 430 mg
  • calcium 141 mg

How to Make It

  1. Preheat grill to high heat.

    Peeling, Deveining, and Butterflying Shrimp
  2. Combine rind, paprika, 1/4 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon pepper, 1 teaspoon oil, and shrimp in a medium bowl. Thread 4 shrimp onto each of 6 (10-inch) skewers. Coat grill rack with cooking spray. Grill shrimp 2 minutes on each side or until done.

  3. Remove shrimp from skewers. Combine shrimp, arugula, jicama, and avocado in a large bowl; toss gently. Combine remaining 2 tablespoons oil, remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt, remaining 1/4 teaspoon pepper, lemon juice, vinegar, and sugar in a small bowl, stirring with a whisk. Add juice mixture to shrimp mixture, and toss gently to coat. Divide the salad among 4 large plates; sprinkle evenly with queso fresco.

Cook's Notes

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