Shrimp Salad over Zesty Watermelon

Shrimp Salad over Zesty WatermelonRecipe
Photo: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Lindsey Ellis Beatty
This salad uses just enough mayo to coat the shrimp, which will keep them moist but not drown them in a deluge of dressing.


Makes 4 servings
Total time: 30 Minutes

Recipe from

Southern Living

Recipe Time

Hands-on: 30 Minutes
Total: 30 Minutes


2 lemons
4 (1-inch-thick) watermelon slices, rind removed
Kosher salt
Freshly ground pepper
1 tablespoon finely chopped sweet onion
3 tablespoons mayonnaise
2 tablespoons finely chopped celery
1 pound peeled and deveined, large cooked shrimp
2 tablespoons chopped fresh tarragon
1 (5-oz.) package baby arugula


1. Grate zest from lemons to equal 1 Tbsp. Cut lemons in half; squeeze juice from lemons into a measuring cup to equal 3 Tbsp.

2. Place each watermelon slice on a chilled plate. Season with desired amount of kosher salt and freshly ground pepper.

3. Microwave onion in a medium-size microwave-safe bowl at HIGH 25 seconds or just until onion is tender. Stir in mayonnaise, celery, 1 tsp. lemon zest, and 1 Tbsp. lemon juice. Stir in shrimp and tarragon. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

4. Place arugula in a medium bowl. Sprinkle with remaining 2 tsp. lemon zest and 2 Tbsp. lemon juice. Season with salt and pepper to taste; toss to coat. Arrange arugula mixture over watermelon; top with shrimp mixture. Serve immediately.