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Grilled Shrimp with Melon & Pineapple Salsa

Grilled Shrimp with Melon & Pineapple Salsa

Grilled shrimp is perfectly complemented by this light, summery pineapple-melon salsa. Use any kind of melon—including watermelon. For best flavor marinate the shrimp overnight.

And here’s a quick preparation tip: To devein shrimp, use a paring knife to make a slit along the length of its “backside.” Under running water, remove the tract with the knife tip.

Grilled Shrimp with Melon & Pineapple Salsa

  • 1 pound raw shrimp (16-20 per pound), peeled and de-veined
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil, divided
  • 2 teaspoons finely grated fresh ginger, divided
  • 2 teaspoons minced seeded jalapeño, divided
  • 2 cups finely diced firm ripe melon
  • 1 cup finely diced fresh pineapple
  • 1/4 cup finely diced red bell pepper
  • 1/4 cup finely diced green bell pepper
  • 1/4 cup finely diced red onion
  • 3 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh mint, plus 4 sprigs for garnish
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 4 large lettuce leaves, such as Boston, romaine or iceberg
  • 4 lime wedges

In a medium bowl, combine shrimp, 1 tablespoon oil, 1 teaspoon ginger and 1 teaspoon jalapeño. Cover and refrigerate for 4 hours or up to 24 hours.

In a large blow, combine melon, pineapple, red and green bell pepper, onion, vinegar, chopped mint and salt with the remaining 1 tablespoon oil, 1 teaspoon ginger and 1 teaspoon jalapeño. Refrigerate until cold, about 30 minutes or up to 4 hours.

About 20 minutes before serving, preheat grill to high.

Thread the shrimp onto four 8- to 10-inch skewers, piercing each shrimp 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.

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.

NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION (per serving): 213 calories, 8 g total fat, 352 mg sodium, 16 g carbohydrates, 19 g protein

© 2012 Eating Well Inc. All rights reserved. Reprinted with permission.

About Judy Conkling

She is a longtime “foodie” who studied nutrition science at Kansas State University before realizing her true calling was as a writer and editor. (But she still loves to cook — and has a deep interest in all things relating to a healthy mind, body and soul.)

She has been a part of the Via Christi Health Communication and Public Relations team since February 2000.