Grilled Shrimp and Jicama Melon Salad With Herb Vinaigrette

overhead view of grilled shrimp and jicama melon salad on a white plate with a gold fork.

This fresh and juicy melon salad with crunchy jicama and a shallot herb vinaigrette with grilled shrimp is an easy, healthy and delicious summer dinner! The flavorful vinaigrette serves as the marinade and dressing for a low effort, high reward meal.  (gluten-free, dairy-free, nut-free)



For the shallot herb vinaigrette:

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp shallot, minced
  • 3 tbsp finely chopped cilantro
  • 1 tbsp finely chopped mint
  • Juice from 1 lime (about 2 tbsp)
  • 1 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 2 tbsp avocado oil
  • Pinch sea salt
  • Pinch freshly cracked pepper

For the shrimp and salad:

  • 1 lb jumbo shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1 cup seedless watermelon, cubed
  • 1 cup honeydew melon, cubed
  • 1 cup cantaloupe, cubed
  • 1 cup jicama, cubed


  1. Make the vinaigrette. In a small bowl, whisk together garlic, shallot, cilantro, mint, lime juice, red wine vinegar, oil, salt and pepper.
  2. Place peeled and deveined shrimp in a bowl. Pour half of the herb vinaigrette over the shrimp and toss to coat. Let shrimp marinate while you make the melon salad.
  3. Cut melon and jicama into evenly sized cubes, about 1/2 inch. Add melon and jicama to a large bowl and pour remaining vinaigrette on top. Stir to coat evenly and place in the refrigerator while you cook the shrimp.
  4. Slide shrimp onto skewers. (If using wooden skewers, make sure to soak them in water for about an hour before using). If you're using a grill pan, you can omit the skewers.
  5. Heat grill or grill pan to medium heat. Cook shrimp until pink and cooked through, about 3 minutes per side. Remove from heat.
  6. Plate melon salad and serve with grilled shrimp over the top.


  • I find it easiest to thread the shrimp onto skewers for grilling on an outdoor grill. For a grill pan, skewers really aren't necessary. If you're using wooden skewers, be sure to soak them in water for at least 30 minutes first.
  • If you don't have all 3 kinds of melon, use whatever you have. It will still be delicious! I've also used mango in the mix.
  • Feel free to try different herbs in the vinaigrette to suit your taste and what you have on hand.

Keywords: grilled shrimp melon salad, jicama melon salad with shrimp