Spicy grilled shrimp pair perfectly with a fresh, fruity and summery chilled gazpacho.

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Serves 8


  • 3 cups seeded, chopped honeydew melon
  • 3 cups seeded, chopped watermelon
  • ½ cup finely chopped seedless cucumber
  • ½ cup finely chopped red onion
  • 7 Tbsp. lime juice, divided, from 4 limes
  • ¼ cup finely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • ¼ cup finely chopped fresh mint
  • 2 Tbsp. red wine vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp. kosher salt, divided
  • 1 small red bell pepper, stemmed, seeded, and finely chopped (about ¾ cup)
  • 1 small yellow bell pepper, stemmed, seeded, and finely chopped (about ¾ cup)
  • 1 jalapeño, stemmed and finely chopped (for less heat, remove the seeds)
  • 1 rib celery, finely chopped
  • 8 (6-inch) wooden skewers
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 tsp. chili powder
  • ¼ tsp. cayenne
  • 16 medium shrimp (about ¾ pound), peeled and deveined, tails left on
  • ½ cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt
  • 2 Tbsp. chopped fresh cilantro


Active time: 45 minutes
Total time: 1¾ hours

Puree honeydew and watermelon in a blender until smooth; transfer to a large bowl. Stir in cucumber, onion, 3 Tbsp. lime juice, parsley, mint, vinegar, 1½ tsp. salt, bell peppers, jalapeño, and celery. Cover and chill at least 1 hour.

Preheat grill to medium-high heat, and soak wooden skewers in water 20 minutes. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, whisk together remaining 4 Tbsp. lime juice, oil, chili powder, cayenne, and remaining 1½ tsp. salt. Add shrimp and toss well, then set aside to marinate 10 minutes; drain and thread 2 shrimp onto each of the 8 skewers. Grill, flipping once, until just cooked through and pink, 3 to 4 minutes total; transfer to a plate.

Pour gazpacho into 8 small glasses or bowls and garnish each with a dollop of yogurt and a sprinkling of cilantro. Arrange a shrimp skewer across the rim of each glass and serve.

Nutritional Info

Per serving: 112 calories, 4 grams fat, 5 grams protein, 16 grams carbohydrates.


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