Grilled Shrimp Salad



40 min


1 h


4 servings

Grilled Shrimp Salad

Photo: Jodi Pudge

Oh, this salad? It's just a taste explosion of shrimp, corn, peppers, black beans and avocado. It's a great way to introduce little palates to seafood.


  • 1 lb large shrimp , (frozen is fine, just let them thaw before cooking)

For Marinade

  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 tbsp lime juice
  • 1 tsp soy sauce
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  • a couple grinds black pepper

For Salad

  • 3 cobs of corn
  • 1 540 mL can black beans , drained and rinsed
  • 1 red sweet pepper , or orange or yellow sweet pepper, diced
  • 1/2 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1 avocado , diced
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 3 tbsp lime juice
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1 head Boston lettuce , chopped


  • Peel shrimp and remove vein, if necessary. To devein, run a small, sharp knife lengthwise down the shrimp, making a shallow cut, then take out vein with your knife. In a bowl, mix vegetable oil, lime juice, soy sauce, sesame oil and garlic. Add shrimp and gently stir. Cover and refrigerate for about an hour.
  • Place wooden skewers in a shallow dish and cover them with water; soak for at least 20 to 30 min.
  • Heat your grill to medium-high. Husk the corn and put them on the lightly oiled grill for 15 to 20 min, turning every 3 to 5 min. Remove from heat once they begin to char. Let cool, then run a knife down each cob to slice off the kernels.
  • Mix corn, beans, chopped peppers and cilantro in a bowl. Gently fold in the diced avocado. Whisk together oil, lime juice, salt, cumin and pepper. Pour over the bean mixture and toss.
  • Take your shrimp out of the fridge and put 3 on each skewer. Go through the tail and again through the top so they lay flat on the grill. Discard excess marinade. Barbecue the shrimp for about 2 min on each side, until they’re bright pink. Remove from heat. Slide them off the skewers when slightly cooled. Arrange lettuce on a plate and pile the bean mixture on top. Place grilled shrimp over the bean salad and serve.

Nutrition (per serving)

  • Calories
  • 506,
  • Protein
  • 25 g,
  • Fibre
  • 14 g,
  • Sodium
  • 801 mg.

Originally published in the June 2012 issue. Photo by Jodi Pudge.