Shrimp Salad over Zesty Watermelon

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.

Yield: Makes 4 servings
Recipe from Southern Living

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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. 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. 2. Place each watermelon slice on a chilled plate. Season with desired amount of kosher salt and freshly ground pepper.
  3. 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. 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.
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