Fresh and Easy Shrimp and Watermelon Summer Salad Recipe

by Pamela

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WHEW! We’re a little past the mid-point of the summer months and if your life is anything like mine, you still can’t figure out where in the hell all of those days went. The last time I looked at the calendar, it was still April and now it’s August. In my feeble attempt to slow down and enjoy the last month, or so, of warm sunny days and long lingering sunsets I’m trying to spend less time in the kitchen and more time enjoying the days and the fresh fruits and vegetables of summer. This watermelon salad is one of those low maintenance, cool and refreshing, and easy recipes that’s allowed me to enjoy the days and some of summer’s finest foods.

Yes, it’s true…summer is quickly slipping away – so what are you doing about it? Are you taking evening walks, are you eating outside more, are you going to the beach, are you taking a vacation, or are you just whining about the fact that summer is quickly fading away? While I’d like to brag that I’m doing everything BUT letting the days pass me by, that’s unfortunately what’s going on in my world. Like all good children, I blame my mother for this situation. Once, in my early teens while I was lamenting how long the summer was dragging on and I was tired of going to work everyday, my mom put the curse on all of my future days by making the comment “wait until you get older and see how fast the days go by.” Damn her for putting that voodoo hex on my calendar.

One of the sure signs of summer, in my kitchen, is that a watermelon seems to take up permanent residence on my counter. This one ingredient tends to become a pantry staple for 3 months. Need a side dish…slice up some watermelon, need a dessert…watermelon, want something a little different in a cocktail…watermelon (I think you get the idea).

Healthy Shrimp Recipe

If you were wondering whether or not you could actually make a meal from watermelon, you can and a watermelon salad is a great way to do it. The selection of summer fruits and vegetables gives you lots of options to toss in there to make it have the flavors you’re looking for. Of course, you need to add some kind of a protein to make it a filling main course meal. I used shrimp, but you could also use cubed tuna, salmon, scallops or firm tofu for an equally tasty meal. I’m always trying to put together a healthy shrimp recipe because they’re easy to find and even easier to cook up, that’s why I used shrimp in this summer salad recipe.

This watermelon salad has enough good stuff in it to make dinner plus leftovers. I used fruits and vegetables (kiwi, lychee, oranges, and celery) that stay crisp and fresh for a few days, even sitting in the honey lime vinaigrette that tops it. So you don’t need to worry about it getting soggy.

Oh, and if you’d like to use up the WHOLE watermelon and have a watermelon dinner, you can make up this pickled watermelon rind appetizer.

Make up a batch of this summer salad recipe, chill it, eat it and sip a glass of bubbly or rosé and kick back and relax.

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At some point you realize that mother really did know best.

At some point you realize that mother really did know best.

 

 

 

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3 comments

London check out report August 7, 2012 at 6:44 am

Very interesting combination of tastes – I should give it a try. Thanks for the great suggestion :)

Belinda @zomppa August 1, 2012 at 2:54 pm

Ah-hah!! I’ve been devouring watermelon and shrimp…but not together. But now I will!!

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