Recipe courtesy of Southern Living (Southern Accents / Coastal Livin

Grilled Shrimp, Orange, and Watermelon Salad with Peppered Peanuts in a Zesty Citrus Dressing

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  • Level: Intermediate
  • Total: 1 hr 18 min
  • Prep: 1 hr
  • Cook: 18 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
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Vegetable cooking spray

1/2 cup coarsely chopped dry-roasted peanuts

1/2 teaspoon canola oil

1/2 teaspoon sugar

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

2 cups fully cooked, frozen, shelled edamame (green soybeans)

16 jumbo shrimp, unpeeled

5 oranges

1/2 cup hoisin sauce

1/2 cup fresh lime juice

2 garlic cloves, minced

1 teaspoon minced fresh ginger

6 cups loosely packed torn red leaf lettuce (about 6 ounces)

2 (4-ounce) bags watercress, stemmed

2 pounds red seedless watermelon, peeled and cut into 1¿2-inch cubes (about 4 cups)

4 green onions, thinly sliced

1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro

1/4 cup chopped fresh basil


Special equipment:
wooden skewers, soaked in water for 30 minutes
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Coat cooking grate of outdoor grill with cooking spray. Preheat outdoor grill to medium-high heat.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the peanuts, canola oil, sugar, 1/2 teaspoon pepper and 1/4 teaspoon salt.; spread mixture in a single layer on a baking sheet.
  3. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, stirring once. Cool.
  4. Cook edamame in boiling water to cover 2 minutes or until crisp-tender, drain. Plunge into ice water to stop the cooking process, drain and set aside.
  5. Peel shrimp, leaving tails on; devein, if desired. Thread 4 shrimp onto each skewer. Set aside.
  6. Peel 4 oranges, and cut each into 6 (1/2-inch-thick) slices; set slices aside.
  7. Grate remaining orange to equal 1/2 teaspoon grated rind in a small bowl; squeeze juice from orange into bowl. Add hoisin sauce, lime juice, garlic and ginger to bowl, and stir until blended. Remove 2 tablespoons citrus dressing, and brush evenly on shrimp. Reserve remaining dressing.
  8. Grill shrimp skewers 2 minutes on each side or just until done. Sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste.
  9. Arrange lettuce and watercress on 4 serving plates, and top evenly with edamame, orange slices, watermelon, and green onions. Top each salad with a shrimp skewer. Sprinkle evenly with cilantro, basil, and peanut mixture; drizzle with reserved citrus dressing.

Cook’s Note

2 cups uncooked fresh green shelled soybeans may be substituted for frozen. Boil soybeans in lightly salted water to cover 15 to 20 minutes or until crisp-tender, drain. Plunge into ice water to stop the cooking process; drain. Proceed with recipe as directed. Edamame may also be found fully cooked and ready to eat in the produce section of most supermarkets.