Grilled Southwestern Shrimp Salad

Easy Grilled Southwestern Shrimp Salad is perfect for a quick lunch or dinner!

Grilled Southwestern Shrimp Salad is a super quick, 15 minute salad that’s perfect for a busy weeknight dinner!

SO EASY! Grilled Southwestern Shrimp Salad is one of my go-to summer salads! It's so fresh and tastes amazing!pinterestGrilled Southwestern Shrimp Salad is filled with tender, grilled shrimp, creamy avocado and roasted corn, all served over a bed of greens and drizzled with a lime-cumin dressing.

The weather is heating up here in the desert. We’ll be in triple digits before you know it and the last thing I’ll want to do is turn on the stove or oven.

That’s the perfect time to take it outside and crank up the grill. Luckily the shrimp in this cool and refreshing salad only take a few minutes to cook up!

The grilled corn in this Grilled Southwestern Shrimp Salad gives it a nice touch.

This salad also includes one of my favorite summer vegetables – corn!

Technically corn is not a vegetable, it’s a grain. But last summer I grew corn in my garden, so that’s close enough for me. Are you gardening this year too?

I haven’t had time to plant my garden yet, but to my surprise I’ve got 3 volunteer zucchini plants that have popped up all on their own! Sweet!

I love making this easy Grilled Southwestern Shrimp Salad for a quick lunch!

Be on the lookout for more zucchini recipes later this summer then!

But in the meanwhile, let’s talk about this salad! Tender shrimp that’s perfectly seasoned and grilled to perfection, creamy and cool avocado, grilled corn, juicy tomatoes, all on a bed of greens.

It’s the perfect Summer salad!

Here are some tips for making your Southwestern Shrimp Salad:

  • Make sure to soak your wooden skewers in water for at least 20 minutes to avoid burning
  • Use two skewers to balance the shrimp and make it easy to turn on the grill
  • Wait until just ready to serve to toss in the dressing
  • If you can’t find fresh corn, using canned corn will work as well

The shrimp in this Grilled Southwestern Shrimp Salad are seasoned so perfectly! YUM!

You’re going to love this simple and easy salad for those warm summer days!

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Grilled Southwestern Shrimp Salad

Grilled Southwestern Shrimp Salad is filled with tender, grilled shrimp, creamy avocado and roasted corn, all served over a bed of greens and drizzled with a lime-cumin dressing.
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time55 mins
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4
Calories: 216 kcal
Author: Shawn


  • 8 wooden skewers

For the Dressing:

  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/8 tsp fresh ground pepper

For the Salad:

  • 2 ears of corn, husks removed
  • 3/4 lbs. Large raw shrimp, peeled and de-veined
  • 1 tbsp Chili Powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 Roma tomatoes; sliced into wedges
  • 1 avocado sliced
  • 6 cups chopped romaine lettuce


  • Soak the wooden skewers in water for at least 20 minutes.

For the Dressing:

  • Combine all ingredients in a small bowl (or mason jar) and whisk together until combined.

For the Salad:

  • Preheat grill to medium-high heat and brush with oil.
  • Place corn on grill rack to roast for 12 minutes; turning occasionally, once charred slightly, remove the corn kernels and discard the cobs.
  • Sprinkle both sides of shrimp with chili powder, salt and pepper and thread onto the wooden skewers. Add the shrimp to the grill over medium heat and cook 3 minutes on each side, until cooked through.
  • In a large bowl add the Romaine lettuce, corn, tomato, and Lime-Cumin dressing, toss to coat. Divide salad into 4 bowls.
  • Top each bowl with the skewered shrimp and sliced avocado. Enjoy!


Calories: 216kcal | Carbohydrates: 18.7g | Protein: 20.2g | Fat: 8.6g | Cholesterol: 136.9mg | Sodium: 1045.8mg | Sugar: 9.5g | Vitamin A: 24IU | Vitamin C: 31mg
Keywords: grilled, romaine, Salad, shrimp, southwest
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Originally published on 8/6/2010. Updated images on 5/30/2017.


Easy Grilled Southwestern Shrimp Salad is perfect for a quick lunch or dinner!

About the author

Shawn is the Owner and Creator of I Wash You Dry. She loves to create and share simple, family-friendly recipes. Mom to 5 adorable children and dwells in the desert of Southern Utah.
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  4. Melissa Novotny

    This salad is Awesome! Whole foods!! High Fiber!! Light and tasty. I used butter instead of olive oil to make it a bit more whole. The nicest thing about this salad is that all you really need is the lettuce, shrimp and avocado…if you are missing the corn or tomato, it’s ok.

  5. Karen

    I just happened to see this on Facebook. I am now following your FB page. Can’t wait to try this. Thank you. Have you thought about including the nutritional information for your recipes? That would be so helpful.

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Hi, I’m Shawn and I’m a busy mom of five; pretending to live on a budget. I love to cook, and explore new recipes, but they have to be quick and easy with as few dishes as possible.

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