Grilled Shrimp Salad 4 Ways

There are few things on this earth more delicious and (literally) finger-licking good than grilled shrimp. Grilling up those shrimpies until they are ever so slightly charred around the edges creates that elusive combination of crispiness and juiciness that’s totally irresistible.

How can you make a good thing even better? Put your favorite grilled shrimp recipe on top of a bed of leafy greens and fresh vegetables and drizzle some dressing on it. That’s right, y’all, we’re talking about grilled shrimp salad!

Combining your favorite grilled shrimp recipe with salad is like combining peanut butter and chocolate. They make each other better and you’ll wonder why you ever ate them separately before. Seriously, why don’t we do this more often?

Now the secret to the perfect grilled shrimp salad is all in the way you match up the shrimp seasoning with your choice of vegetables and dressing. Here are some epic combinations to inspire the epicurean thrill-seeker within you…

Savory Salad with Cajun Spice Shrimp

In addition to shrimp, you’ll need:

  • Cajun Spice
  • Avocado
  • Corn on the Cob
  • Crispy Tortilla Strips
  • Cilantro Lime Ranch Dressing
  • Spinach

For those who like cajun spice on their shrimp, this pairs perfectly with avocados, grilled corn, tortilla strips and a drizzle of ranch dressing with cilantro and lime. The sweetness of the corn and the creaminess of the ranch and avocado offset the bite of the cajun spices. Pile it over a bed of spinach for a fresh, crave-able meal of a salad.

Lemon Pepper Shrimp Salad

In addition to shrimp, you’ll need:

  • Lemon Pepper Seasoning or Marinade
  • Quinoa or Orzo (cooked)
  • Cucumber
  • Tomato
  • Walnuts
  • Feta Cheese
  • Lemon Vinaigrette

Lemon pepper shrimp is super fresh with just a tiny bit of bite. This goes deliciously with a Meditteranean inspired mix of grains and greens. Chop up some cucumbers and tomatoes and add in some cooked grains such as orzo or quinoa. Mix in some walnuts for some extra heart-healthy crunch while you’re at it! Toss the grains, veggies, and shrimp in a lemon vinaigrette and crumble some feta cheese on top.

Blackened Shrimp Salad

In addition to shrimp, you’ll need:

  • Blackened Seasoning
  • Pineapple
  • Arugula
  • Pomegranate
  • Orange
  • Cumin
  • Olive Oil

Prepare your tastebuds for an adventure they’ve never tasted before! Start with a bed of arugula. While you’re grilling your shrimp with blackened seasoning, throw some pineapple slices on the grill as well. Ready the rest of your cold salad ingredients with some pomegranate seeds and a few orange slices. Top it with your blackened shrimp, grilled pineapple, a dash of cumin and a drizzle of olive oil.

Caesar Salad with Buttery Garlic Shrimp

In addition to shrimp, you’ll need:

  • Garlic Butter
  • Kale
  • Lemon
  • Fresh Parmesan
  • Croutons
  • Caesar Dressing

A crisp, classic caesar salad is the perfect canvas for plump and juicy grilled shrimp basted with garlic butter. To punch up your caesar, swap out the romaine lettuce for Tuscan kale and make your own dressing with some extra lemon juice. Top it all off with some freshly grated parmesan and croutons. Heaven!

OK, so, our mouths are watering now. Time to go fire up that grill and bust out the greens!