Delicious combination of flavors; it ranks among our all-time favorite summer salads. I used white balsamic vinegar instead of the dark and added chunks of fresh mozzarella cheese to the salad. Served with a side of pretzel bread heated on the grill along with the shrimp. Wonderful!
Shrimp, Tomato, and Watermelon Salad
Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Fonda Shaia
Pairing sweet watermelon with earthy tomatoes and fresh grilled shrimp yields a flavor combination that will surprise and delight your taste buds.
Yield: Makes 4 servings
- 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
- 1/2 teaspoon salt, divided
- 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, divided
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 2 pounds large shrimp, peeled and deveined
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 6 cups arugula or baby spinach
- 2 large yellow tomatoes, cut into 1/4-inch-thick slices
- 1 (4-pound) wedge seedless red watermelon, rind removed, cut into 1/4-inch-thick slices
- 1 red onion, halved and thinly sliced
- Whisk together vinegar, honey, mustard, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/8 teaspoon pepper in a small bowl; slowly whisk in 1/4 cup olive oil. Set aside.
- Toss shrimp with garlic and 1 tablespoon olive oil. Sprinkle with remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt and remaining 1/8 teaspoon pepper. Grill over medium-high heat 3 to 5 minutes or until done.
- Divide arugula among 4 serving plates; top with tomatoes, watermelon, and onion. Top evenly with shrimp, and drizzle with vinaigrette.
- Pour: Carolina Grunner, co-owner of The Wine Room of Forest Hills, a boutique wine shop located in Forest Hills, New York, suggests serving this summery dish with Marchesi di Barolo Gavi Le Lune. â€œIt's a dry, crisp, and refreshing white wine with great acidity, making it a perfect match for the balsamic vinaigrette and the goat cheese,â€� she says.
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