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Salsa Shrimp Cocktails

  • Author: Living the Gourmet
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x


  • 2 lbs. peeled and deveined shrimp (20 – 25 shrimp per pound)
Rub for the Shrimp:
  • 56 grated garlic cloves
  • ¼ cup of fresh cilantro – stems removed and chopped
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ½ tsp. black pepper
  • 4 tbs. olive oil
  • Fresh lemon slices

For the Salad:

  • Fresh watermelon – cut into chunks
  • Fresh pineapple – cut into chunks
  • 23 scallions – sliced fine
  • 1 large jalapeno – grilled and diced with or without seeds
  • ¼ cup fresh cilantro – stems removed and roughly chopped
  • ¼ cup fresh parsley – stems removed and roughly chopped
  • 8 oz. of feta cheese – crumbled
  • 12 oz. Sam’s Watermelon Jicama Salsa


For the Shrimp:

  • Combine all of the ingredients for the rub in a bowl.
  • Pour over the shrimp and toss to ensure each shrimp is coated.
  • Heat a large cast iron griddle.
  • Brush the griddle with a bit of olive oil.
  • Place the shrimp on the hot griddle and grill each side 2 – 3 minutes.
  • Turn the shrimp over and grill another 2 – 3 minutes or until the shrimp is opaque and have a nice golden color.

For the Salad:

  • Combine the chopped scallions, jalapeno and herbs in a small bowl and toss.
  • Spoon the watermelon and fresh pineapple in a medium bowl and toss with the herbs and scallions and the feta cheese.


  • Pick and nice glass for presentation.
  • Place a tablespoon of the Sam’s Watermelon Jicama Salsa at the bottom of the glass.
  • Top the salsa a spoonful or two of the fruit combo.
  • Repeat this process to the top of the glass.
  • Place the grilled shrimp around the edge of the glass along with the fresh lemon slices.
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