Healthy Recipes: Grilled Shrimp with Melon & Pineapple Salsa

Grilled shrimp is perfectly accented by this light, summery pineapple-melon salsa. The flavors are bright and fresh, just right for a hot day. Use just one melon or any combination of melons—including watermelon—for the versatile salsa. For best flavor marinate the shrimp overnight.

Yield: 4 servings
Total Time: 1 1/4 hours (plus marinating time)
Prep Time: 45 minutes

To Make Ahead: Marinate the shrimp (Step 1) for up to 24 hours. Cover and refrigerate the salsa (Step 2) for up to 4 hours. | Equipment: Four 8- to 10-inch skewers

Recipe Ingredients:

  1. 1 pound raw shrimp (16-20 per pound), peeled and deveined (see Note)
  2. 2 tablespoons canola oil, divided
  3. 2 teaspoons finely grated fresh ginger, divided
  4. 2 teaspoons minced seeded jalapeño, divided
  5. 2 cups finely diced firm ripe melon
  6. 1 cup finely diced fresh pineapple
  7. 1/4 cup finely diced red bell pepper
  8. 1/4 cup finely diced green bell pepper
  9. 1/4 cup finely diced red onion
  10. 3 tablespoons rice vinegar
  11. 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh mint, plus 4 sprigs for garnish
  12. 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  13. 4 large lettuce leaves, such as Boston, romaine or iceberg
  14. 4 lime wedges

Recipe Steps:

  1. Combine shrimp, 1 tablespoon oil, 1 teaspoon ginger and 1 teaspoon jalapeño in a medium bowl. Cover and refrigerate for 4 hours or up to 24 hours.
  2. Combine melon, pineapple, red and green bell pepper, onion, vinegar, chopped mint and salt in a large bowl with the remaining 1 tablespoon oil, 1 teaspoon ginger and 1 teaspoon jalapeño. Refrigerate until cold, about 30 minutes or up to 4 hours.
  3. About 20 minutes before serving, preheat grill to high.
  4. Thread the shrimp onto skewers, piercing each twice, once through the tail end and once near the head end. Grill the shrimp until pink and just cooked through, 2 to 3 minutes per side. When cool enough to handle, slide the shrimp off the skewers.
  5. To serve, arrange one large lettuce leaf on each dinner plate. Spoon salsa onto the lettuce and top with shrimp. Garnish each serving with a lime wedge and a mint sprig, if using.

Recipe Tips & Notes:

  1. Note: To devein shrimp, use a paring knife to make a slit along the length of the shrimp. Under running water, remove the tract with the knife tip.

Recipe Nutrition:

Per serving: 211 calories; 8 g fat (1 g saturated fat, 5 g mono unsaturated fat); 168 mg cholesterol; 16 g carbohydrates; 19 g protein; 2 g fiber; 352 mg sodium; 501 mg potassium

© 2009   Photo: Ken Burris