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Broiled Shrimp and Citrus Salad

  • Author: Steve Peters
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 3-4 servings 1x


With grapefruit, orange, and lime, this broiled shrimp and citrus salad is a refreshing and quick meal you can feel good about.


  • ½ red onion, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon baking soda
  • 1 ½ pounds large shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/81/4 teaspoon cayenne
  • ½ cup plus 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons fresh orange juice
  • 2 grapefruits
  • ¼ cup rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon stone-ground mustard
  • 1 teaspoon freshly grated ginger
  • 16 ounces lettuce mix
  • ½ cup chopped cilantro
  • 1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 avocado, sliced


Place the sliced onion in a bowl and add just enough water to cover. Stir in the baking soda. Let sit for at least 15 minutes while you prep the rest of the salad. Rinse well when done soaking.

Toss the shrimp with  ½ teaspoon salt, cinnamon, cayenne, 1 tablespoon olive oil, and the orange juice in a bowl. Use as little or as much cayenne as you prefer.

Peel the grapefruits and use a pairing knife to slice off the white pith. Cut the segments in half and set them aside.

Make the dressing by combining the vinegar, lime juice, honey, mustard, ginger, and remaining salt in a small jar. Shake to combine, then add in the oil and shake again.

Heat the broiler to high and adjust a rack as close to the broiler as possible. Place the shrimp on a baking sheet and stick under the broiler for about 3-4 minutes per side minutes. Flip the shrimp to the other side and broil for another two minutes or until cooked through. Don’t wander too far away while they’re under the broiler.

To assemble the salad, place the greens on plates, top with the shrimp, onions, grapefruit, cilantro, black beans, and avocado. Spoon over the dressing and season with salt and pepper, if desired.


You can mix up the citrus by using oranges in place of the grapefruit and lemon juice in place of orange juice. 

  • Category: Salads
  • Method: Broiling

Keywords: shrimp, oranges, orange juice, lime juice, black beans, avocado, lettuce, salad, cinnamon, red onion, cayenne, honey