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Grilled Mexican Shrimp Salad

A Mexican-inspired salad recipe made with grilled shrimp, corn, black beans, avocado, and crumbled Cojita cheese
Course Main Course, Salad
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword gluten free, grilling, seafood, shrimp
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Marinating Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 40 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 326kcal
Author Amee


  • 1 lb fresh Wild American shrimp
  • 2 ears corn silk removed, husks intact
  • 15 oz can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • ½ cup Cojita cheese crumbled
  • ½ cup pickled red onion chopped *recipe below
  • 1 avocado chopped into bite-size pieces
  • 2 limes juiced and divided in half (about ¼ cup)
  • 1 tsp fresh lime zest
  • 2 tbsp fresh cilantro chopped
  • 3 tbsp olive oil divided
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1 tsp Cholula sauce or your favorite hot sauce, plus a little more for vinaigrette
  • 1 tsp agave nectar
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp fresh cracked pepper
  • 4 wooden skewers


  • Mix together shrimp marinade: Juice of 1 lime, lime zest, minced garlic, 2 tbsp olive oil, 1 tsp Cholula sauce, 1 tbsp chopped, fresh cilantro with a whisk.
  • Add shrimp and toss to coat.
  • Pour shrimp and marinade into a Ziploc bag, squeeze out all of the air and seal.
  • Refrigerate shrimp for 1-2 hours.
  • Prepare the corn for grilling. Pull back husks and remove all silk. Place husks back over corn and place into a pot of cold water with 1 tbsp salt for 10 minutes (a Bobby Flay method) go ahead and put your wooden shrimp skewers in there to soak before grilling, shake off any excess water and pat corn dry.
  • Preheat grill to medium heat.
  • Thread shrimp onto 4 skewers and brush with a little olive oil
  • Mix together vinaigrette ingredients: juice of 1 lime, 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil, ¼ tsp salt, ¼ tsp pepper, dash Cholula hot sauce and 1 tbsp finely chopped cilantro. Set aside.
  • Place corn on the grill and cook for 20 minutes, turning every five. Add shrimp kabobs to the grill for the last five minutes before the corn is done. Turn shrimp after 2 ½ minutes and cook the other side.
  • Cut corn kernels from cob and place into a serving bowl. Remove shrimp from skewers and add to the bowl, along with black beans, pickled onions avocado and simple lime vinaigrette. Toss all to coat and top with crumbled Cojita cheese. Serve immediately.


Calories: 326kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 202mg | Sodium: 1121mg | Potassium: 553mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 178IU | Vitamin C: 18mg | Calcium: 207mg | Iron: 4mg