Vietnamese Shrimp and Green Melon Salad

Photo: Iain Bagwell

The melon cools the spice in this fresh, lively summer salad. We like it with shrimp, but it's also good with grilled calamari.

Yield: Serves 6
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Recipe Time

Total: 25 Minutes

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 210
  • Calories from fat: 30%
  • Protein: 23g
  • Fat: 6.9g
  • Saturated fat: 1g
  • Carbohydrate: 17g
  • Fiber: 2.9g
  • Sodium: 735mg
  • Cholesterol: 153mg


  • 1 pound cleaned, deveined medium shrimp (24 to 30 per lb.), poached
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh basil leaves
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh mint leaves
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh cilantro leaves
  • 1/4 cup slivered red onion
  • 1/2 serrano chile, sliced thinly
  • 3 cups sliced honeydew or Galia melon wedges
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 tablespoons Vietnamese fish sauce
  • 1/2 cup roasted, salted cashews


  1. Toss shrimp, herbs, onion, chile, and melon together in a large bowl. Mix together juice, sugar, and fish sauce, then pour over salad. Top with cashews.
  2. Note: Nutritional analysis is per 1 3/4 cups.
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