Nothing says summer like an enormous slice of cool watermelon, devoured in the backyard under the blazing sun. Stretch your mind and now imagine the scent of garlic shrimp skewers, with a subtle hint of lemon, being grilled nearby – you may be thinking, “what does watermelon have to do with shrimp”? Well, it is an unlikely combination, but we have come to believe that it is a winning one and we know, if you try it, you will trust in it too!
Watermelon should be consumed for many reasons, first and foremost, it helps you stay hydrated in the summer heat as it contains 92% water. It is rich in vitamins C and A, with a scattering of magnesium, potassium and B vitamins which can help with anti-inflammatory issues. Watermelon is also beneficial for your eyes and may help prevent macular degeneration with the presence of lycopene, a rewarding antioxidant. Then there is citrulline present in the watermelon which is reported to reduce muscle soreness, so it makes a great addition to a shake or smoothie after an intense workout. A good thing to know is that watermelon seeds are edible too, and if you don’t want to eat them raw, you can set them aside and roast them later. Full of B vitamins, magnesium and zinc, they are definitely a treat.
A nice light beverage that complements this meal is citrus and watermelon flavored water. We also suggest to add a simple, yet refreshing avocado dip with chopped, raw vegetables to share among friends.
Grilled Garlic Shrimp Skewers with Watermelon Salsa Recipe
Protein: 10g / %
Carbs: 12g / %
Fat: 22g / %
Values are per portion. These are for information only & are not meant to be exact calculations.
- 32 large shrimp, peeled and deveined
- 4 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 tbsp. fresh lemon juice
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
- Wooden skewers, soaked in water
Watermelon Salsa Ingredients
- 1 cup watermelon, diced
- 1 cup cucumber, diced
- 1 cup bell pepper, diced
- 1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
- 1/2 cup onion, diced
- 2 tbsp. lime juice
- 2 tbsp. olive oil
- 1 tbsp. jalapeños, minced
- Combine all of the ingredients for the watermelon salsa in a bowl, and toss until well combined.
- Refrigerate until ready to serve.
- Preheat grill to medium-high heat.
- In another bowl, combine the olive oil, lemon juice and minced garlic, add salt and pepper to taste.
- Skewer the shrimp on the bamboo skewers, and brush with the lemon-garlic sauce.
- Grill the shrimp 2 to 3 minutes per side.
- Serve the shrimp skewers topped with watermelon salsa.