Watercress, Corn and Tomato Salad with Grilled Shrimp

Watercress, Corn and Tomato Salad with Grilled Shrimp

  • Prep: 25 min
  • Cook Time: 3 min
  • Total: 28 min
  • Serving: 4 Servings

This salad has all of the wonderful elements of summer in a single meal: fresh watercress, sweet corn, juicy tomatoes and honey-drizzled grilled shrimp.


  • 1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 6 ears of corn, kernels cut from the cob (2-1/2 cups)
  • 1 pint grape tomatoes, halved lengthwise
  • 1/2 small red onion, thinly sliced lengthwise
  • 1 tablespoon chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • 1 tablespoon snipped chives
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons coarsely chopped tarragon
  • 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1 pound shelled and deveined large shrimp
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 pinch red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 bunch watercress, thick stems discarded


  1. Prepare the grill on medium-high.
  2. In a medium-sized sauté pan, heat the oil over medium-high heat until hot but not smoking. Add the corn and sauté for about 4 minutes; transfer the corn to a serving bowl and allow to cool.
  3. Once corn is cool, add the tomatoes, onion, parsley, chives, tarragon, vinegar, 2 tablespoons of olive oil and salt and pepper to taste. Toss the salad to mix the ingredients.
  4. Place the honey in a bowl and zap in the microwave for a few seconds until warm. Add the 1 tablespoon of oil and the red pepper flakes and mix with a whisk. Add the shrimp and toss to coat.
  5. Place the shrimp on the grill and cook, turning once, for about 3 minutes. Place on a dish and sprinkle with the lemon zest.
  6. In a large bowl, whisk together the last 1 tablespoon of oil with the lemon juice and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Put in the watercress and toss to coat.
  7. On a large serving platter or on individual plates, place the watercress, then the corn, then the tomato salad and lastly the grilled shrimp. Serve immediately.

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