My husband and I didn’t do the traditional wedding thing.  We kept is small and low key, and it was an absolutely perfect day.  I shied away from a big traditional wedding as soon as I started planning it. The hardest part was a location!  I grew up in one state and my husband in another, and my extended family was scattered in a few other states.  We knew that would make it difficult for many to attend our wedding, no matter where we decided to have it.  On top of that, the planning and costs for everything just left me overwhelmed.  So we decided to sneak away and get married.  Just the two of us.  So what does that have to do with Shrimp and Watermelon Salad?

Well, we also delayed our honeymoon a few years.  We ended up in St. Thomas for one of the most relaxing vacations I’ve ever taken.  The people were so friendly, there was so much to do, and the weather was perfect.  But what was one of the things I remember most from that trip?  A salad.  Keep in mind that I am totally obsessed with salads, so it makes sense that I would get so hung up on a salad.

The Easiest Salad Ever!

And even after all those years (like 12 years!), I only just made that salad this week!  OMG – it was just as amazing as it was the first time on the island.  Bright, fresh flavors and a super simple dressing make this salad the perfect dinner on a hot summer evening.  That’s how easy it is – a few ingredients that can be thrown in and work so perfectly together, it’s that memorable.

Since we’ve been getting a ton of baby greens in our CSA box over the past few weeks, I was looking for a new recipe to use up some of those beautiful greens.  I used a mix of baby greens, but any tender greens will work.  And it was so easy to put together that I had dinner on the table in less than 20 minutes.  And putting fruit in dinner means it’s automatically kid-friendly (bonus when that fruit is watermelon!)

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Shrimp recipes are always great because it is one of the quickest cooking proteins, so this salad comes together quickly.  On hot summer evenings, that means the oven is on for just a few short minutes.  I haven’t tried grilling the shrimp, but I have no doubt it will work perfectly.

If I’m lucky enought to still have local Gulf shrimp from our annual summer trip to Dauphin Island, I’ll use that.  Otherwise any uncooked shrimp from the grocery store will do.

Shrimp and watermelon salad is a quick and refreshing summer salad that is perfect on warm evenings, with bright, fresh flavors and a simple lemon dressing.
I was lucky enough to have fresh Gulf shrimp left in the freezer this time!

 

Just a little seasoning on the shrimp and pop it in the oven to cook.

Shrimp and watermelon salad is a quick and refreshing summer salad that is perfect on warm evenings, with bright, fresh flavors and a simple lemon dressing.
A light seasoning is all you need to coat the shrimp

 

While the shrimp is cooking, assemble the rest of the salad and make the dressing.

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Shrimp and watermelon salad is a quick and refreshing summer salad that is perfect on warm evenings, with bright, fresh flavors and a simple lemon dressing.
Crunchy cashews, salty feta, and tart lemons are a perfect match for the sweetness of the watermelon

 

Because this shrimp and watermelon salad is such a light salad, I like to assemble it on individual plates rather than in a big bowl to serve from.  This way, the ingredients won’t all fall to the bottom and get lost under the greens.

Shrimp and watermelon salad is a quick and refreshing summer salad that is perfect on warm evenings, with bright, fresh flavors and a simple lemon dressing.
Shrimp and Watermelon Salad

 

I absolutely love this summer salad!

Shrimp and watermelon salad is a quick and refreshing summer salad that is perfect on warm evenings, with bright, fresh flavors and a simple lemon dressing.
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Easy Shrimp and Watermelon Salad

Servings 1
Author kiersten

Ingredients

  • 1 cup baby greens
  • 5 medium shrimp peeled and deveined
  • 1/4 cup cubed watermelon
  • 1 tbsp feta cheese
  • 1 tbsp cashews roasted and salted
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp chili powder
  • 1/8 tsp cumin
  • kosher salt & pepper, to taste

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees

  2. Season shrimp with chili powder, cumin, salt, and pepper.  Bake for about 9 minutes, or until cooked through.

  3. While shrimp is cooking, add greens to plates.  Top with watermelon, feta, and cashews.

  4. Mix lemon juice and olive oil.  Season with salt and pepper.  

  5. Top salad with cooked shrimp and dressing.  Serve immediately.

I’m always looking for great ideas for summer meals that are full of fresh flavors like this one.  I’d love to hear about your favorite hot-weather meals in the comments!

Shrimp and watermelon salad is a quick and refreshing summer salad that is perfect on warm evenings, with bright, fresh flavors and a simple lemon dressing.

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