Grilled Shrimp Nectarine Summer Salad is an easy light and refreshing dish to celebrate both the grilling and stone fruit season with a drizzle of citrus strawberry dressing.
Grilled Shrimp Nectarine Summer Salad to celebrate summertime gatherings
You are just going to love this Grilled Shrimp Nectarine Summer Salad because the grilling of the nectarines really makes them extra sweet. The strawberries are in peak season, the rocket adds a little peppery note and the perfectly grilled shrimp are just fun to pop in your mouth. The simple citrus strawberry dressing makes a delicious drizzle along with either some toasted almonds or Chinese noodles for that little bit of crunch.
How is your summer going? It is going FAST so let’s make the most of it by grilling. We love grilling outdoors so we can keep the whole “Mess thing” outdoors. However, if Mother Nature is not cooperating you can also bring the party indoors and use a grill pan.
Dinner is Ready in 30 Minutes or less
Seriously, this Salad takes only about 30 minutes maybe less, if you are not busy taking Instagram photos and feeding shrimp to your dog! Heck we did not even have the shrimp thawed yet before we started the dish. Grilled Shrimp Nectarine Summer Salad is a great dish for when you have absolutely ZERO idea of what you are going to make for dinner. Been there! Done that!
Woah! Mother Nature went from brisk to hot and steamy overnight. It is these kinds of days a lighter and brighter meal really hits the spot.
What additions make the Perfect Salad?
For us, it is all about texture and different flavor notes. A must have in our salads is not only the crunch from lettuce but also something you can really sink your teeth into like toasted nuts, or toasty toppings. If you want to keep your salad gluten-free try adding toasted nuts. Toasted almonds, macadamia nuts, sunflower seeds or pumpkin seeds all work well here. If you have kiddos in the group they all seem to love the crispy fried Chinese noodles.
Recipe exchanges are welcome
Use what you have around. Grilled shrimp, grilled chicken and grilled halloumi cheese are all lovely in this recipe. Swap Grilled peaches for grilled nectarines. Swap blueberries or raspberries for strawberries. Swap leaf lettuce for the romaine and rocket (arugula). We think you get the idea. Let your imagination run wild and what you have in your refrigerator and pantry make your recipe.
Citrus Strawberry Vinaigrette
This Grilled Shrimp Nectarine Summer Salad is perfectly just lightly dressed with a citrus strawberry vinaigrette. You could also use a strawberry poppy seed dressing or a balsamic vinaigrette. Whatever your little heart desires.
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Grilled Shrimp Nectarine Summer Salad
Citrus Strawberry Dressing
- 1 Shallot minced
- ½ cup champagne vinegar or apple cider vinegar
- ¾ cup Olive oil
- 3 tbsp Lemon juice
- 4 strawberries
- 1 tbsp Honey
or sugar alternative of choice
- Salt and pepper to taste
Grilled Shrimp Nectarine Summer Salad
- 1.5 pounds Shrimp
large shells removed, heads removed and veins removed
- 1 tbsp Olive oil
- Salt and pepper
- ½ tsp Garlic powder
- 3 Nectarines
washed and sliced, remove pit- keep skin on
- 2 cups Romaine lettuce
- 2 cups Rocket
- 1 cup Strawberries washed and sliced
- toasted nuts of choice or Chinese Fried Noodles or other crunchy toppings as desired (optional)
- Preheat grill or BBQ.
- Make citrus strawberry vinaigrette – in a food processor or blender add shallots, vinegar, olive oil, lemon juice, 3-4 strawberries, honey or sugar alternative and salt and pepper of choice. Set aside. Makes about 1 cup of dressing so you will have extra.
- In a bowl or individual plates add the romaine lettuce, rocket (arugula) and strawberries.
- Toss thawed shrimp in olive oil, salt and pepper (or Mrs. Dash) and garlic powder and place on grill (or stove top grill pan) for about 2 minutes each side until no longer translucent and pink . Remove from grill and set aside.
- Spray nectarines with a little oil or brush with a little olive oil so they do not stick on the grill. Grill nectarines for about 1-2 minutes on each side, just until you get nice grill marks. Remove from grill.
- Place grilled shrimp and grilled nectarines on top of salad with strawberries. Drizzle with a little lemon strawberry vinaigrette and top with a few Chinese fried noodles or toasted almonds if desired. Enjoy!