Grilled Shrimp Salad Recipe. Sweet grilled shrimp are tossed with avocado, petite tomatoes and red onion that have been marinated in a lively citrus mint dressing. You’ll want to make this fresh, delicious and oh-so healthy salad over and over.
I hope you’re all having a fabulous fresh-produce Summer. I have to admit it’s always torture for me to see my blogging friends in warmer climates bite into a fresh peach weeks before our Colorado Western Slope peaches are ready.
With our short growing season, Colorado fruits and vegetables are just now starting to show up in our markets. It’s the most wonderful time of the year…I’ll soon be talking about Rocky Ford melons, Colorado sweet corn and our famous Western Slope peaches.
For now, and with my very busy schedule, I’m finding it hard to find time to even sit down and write a blog post. I am, however, finding time for the kitchen and easy breezy salad recipes.
One of the keys to this grilled shrimp salad is sweet orange slices. Orange slices that have had the white bitter pith properly removed. Here’s how.
How To Remove White Pith From An Orange
Before we get to the recipe, I want to show you how to “supreme” an orange. That means, to cut the rind off the orange to remove the white bitter pith. And create orange wedges that are clean, pleasant to the eye and the palate. A technique I learned at Culinary School.
- With a sharp knife, slice the two ends off of the orange.
- Turn the orange onto one of the ends, and angle the knife so that you can slice the first piece of rind from the orange.
- Move the knife downwards and along the curve of the orange.
- Don’t be shy with this, you want to make sure you’re cutting off that white pith.
- Continue slicing the skin from the orange until you have a completely naked piece of fruit.
- You’ll then find those thin white lines that mark where the segments are.
- Using the tip of your knife, cut along those lines and remove the pieces of orange into wedges.
Voila, clean orange slices that have no flavor indication of that white bitter pith flavor.
Culinary School Tip: Tip: hold the peeled orange over a bowl to separate the wedges and capture the juice for a vinaigrette.
Now that we’ve got that beautiful clean orange, let’s make this grilled shrimp salad.
Let’s Make This Grilled Shrimp Salad
This fresh citrus shrimp salad recipe is one that can most certainly grace your dinner table year round. With the containers of orange, red and yellow petite tomatoes that are available to us, you can have Summer in a bowl, year round.
This shrimp salad is a great recipe for clean eating during the Winter and Summer months. Use your outdoor grill in the warm months and grab that stove-top grill pan during the Winter.
Let’s make that shrimp salad:
15 minute marinade for grilled shrimp
We’ll first marinate the shrimp.
- Simply place raw, deveined and peeled shrimp in a deep bowl.
- Add olive oil, hot sauce, orange juice and mint.
- Let this sit for about 15 minutes.
- You can leave or remove the tails. I like to leave them.
Meanwhile, slice the tomatoes, the onions and chop the cilantro. Place this in another bowl and add lime juice, olive oil and more hot sauce. Set aside and grill the shrimp.
Stove-Top Pan Grilled Shrimp for Salad
Is your grill covered in snow most of the Winter like mine? Just grab your stove top grill pan. It works beautifully to sear shrimp. Let’s take a look:
- I simply spray the pan with Pam. Or you can use a silicone brush to coat the pan with olive oil. Heat grill pan over medium high heat.
- Once the pan is hot, add the shrimp.
- Most importantly, don’t let the shrimp touch. You need air to circulate around each piece. If you crowd the pan, you’ll find moisture building. This will prevent the shrimp from getting that perfect sear with those perfect grill marks.
- Cook shrimp in batches if you need to.
- Let the shrimp cook about 2 minutes per side.
- Shrimp have a built in pop-up timer – as soon as they turn pink, they’re cooked.
To grill the shrimp outdoors, coat the grates of a grill with oil and heat to medium high. Add the shrimp and watch them closely. Grill 1 – 2 minutes per side. I like to use a slotted grill pan for shrimp. With the cost of premium quality shrimp, I don’t want to lose any between the grates.
Assemble The Salad
- To plate the salad, add a big spoonful of the onion and tomato dressing to a plate.
- Add orange slices and sliced avocado and top with the grilled shrimp.
- I’ve added some garnish of frisee lettuce for garnish.
Grilled Shrimp Salad Recipe with Avocado and Orange
The flavors in this healthy shrimp salad are absolutely fresh and divine. The citrus and mint dressing that soaks the sweet cherry tomatoes and the bright red onion is so very tasty. And with a lively surprise of hot sauce, you’ll fall in love.
The crispy grilled shrimp are sweet and luscious.
And the garnish of fresh orange wedges and healthy avocado, you’ve got a fabulous main course seafood salad.
I hope you give this grilled shrimp recipe a try, and if you do, please come back and give the recipe a star rating. And if you’ve got a favorite grilled shrimp salad, let me know, I’d love to give it a try.
More Grilled Shrimp Recipes
Grilled Shrimp Salad with Avocado, Orange and Citrus Mint Dressing
- 2 oranges
- 2 teaspoons hot sauce
- 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil plus 1 Tablespoon
- 2 tablespoons fresh mint chopped
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 24 large shrimp shelled and deveined, about 1 1/2 pounds
- 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
- 1 cup cherry tomatoes halved
- 1/2 small red onion thinly sliced
- 1/4 cup coarsely chopped cilantro
- 1 pinch dried oregano preferably Mexican oregano
- 1 teaspoon brown sugar
- 2 Hass avocados cut into thin wedges
- With a knife, peel one orange to remove the bitter pith.
- Using a juicer, squeeze the 2nd orange and place the juice in a small bowl.
- Add 1 teaspoon of the hot sauce into the orange juice. Add 1 tablespoon of olive oil and the mint. Whisk and season with salt and pepper.
- Add the shrimp and with a large spoon, gently toss to coat the shrimp with the marinade. Let this sit for 15 minutes.
- In another bowl, place lime juice, the remaining 1/4 cup of oil. Add the remaining teaspoon of hot sauce and brown sugar. Whisk to emulsify then add the tomatoes, onion, cilantro and oregano, Season lightly with salt. Toss to combine with a large spoon to combine.
- Oil the grates of the grill. Or preferably coat a grill basket with Pam. Heat grill to medium high heat. Or coat a stove top grill pan with Pam. Heat the grill pan over medium high heat.
- Once the pan or grill is hot, add the shrimp. Don't over-crowd shrimp. Cook the shrimp in batches if necessary. Crowded shrimp will build mositure and not sear properly.
- Grill the shrimp over high heat for about 4 minutes, turning once or twice until lightly charred and cooked through.
- To plate, place a large spoonful of the tomato dressing on plates. Add the sliced avocado and orange slices. Top with grilled shrimp. Garnish with frisee lettuce (optional)
Grilled Shrimp Salad with Avocado and Orange…It’s what’s for Dinner
Why Trust These Recipes? Lea Ann Brown has lived, worked and played in Colorado for 45 years. She has immersed herself in the Colorado Culinary space, is a Culinary School Graduate and publishes her Colorado food Blog, Cooking On The Ranch.