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)
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)
How to Make It
Preheat grill to high heat.
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.
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.
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What a FANTASTIC find for weeknight dinners. I followed the recipe exactly. The salad is very ancillary, the shrimp would grace any salad or mixed kabob. I have every intention of also trying this marinade on chicken on some mixed kabobs. It all came together easily and made for a quick, delicious dinner.