Check out this fresh and unique Shrimp Watermelon Salad – like ceviche but with steamed shrimp! My fiancé thought it was kinda weird but it really exceeded my expectations and was quite tasty! This recipe is simple and excellent for a weight loss goal or just for a simple healthy summer recipe on a hot day!
Ingredient Selection Tips
Here are some tips on how to buy sweet watermelon:
When buying a watermelon, try not to choose the shiny one, because it is likely underripe. Choose one that looks dull, and has a strong and consistent stripe pattern.
Pay attention to the stem which should be yellow and dry.
Choose the heaviest one for its size, as that means that it is high in water content and sweeter in taste.
Look for rounder vs. oval watermelon.
Consume watermelon during its season -May to September.
Find the field spot and make sure it is yellow and creamy, not green or white. The filed spot is the light colored patch on the watermelon, indicating where it was laid on the ground
The most important thing when buying shrimp (if not frozen) is to eat it as fresh as possible. Like other seafood, shrimps should not have a “fishy” smell. They should have the smell of clean sea and saltwater. If you press their body with your finger, it should bounce back immediately.
Avoid imported shrimp. It is best to buy shrimp caught in America – like from Oregon or British Columbia.
Noteworthy Health Benefits
Watermelon is 92% water which makes it hydrating and helps you feel full. It is one of the lowest in calories among other types of fruit, as it contains only 46 calories per cup.
Watermelon is loaded with fiber and nutrients such as vitamin C, vitamin A, Potassium, Magnesium, vitamins B1, B5, and B6. It is also high in carotenoids such as lycopene and beta-carotene.
The nutrients in watermelon are good for improving your heart health. It may prevent cancer, lower inflammation, and oxidative stress. It is great for your skin and hair, can improve digestion, and help relieve muscle soreness.
Shrimp are low in calories and contain no carbs at all. Around 90% of calories come from protein and 10% from fat. It has a rich nutrition profile with more than 20 different vitamins and minerals like selenium, vitamin B12, iron, niacin, zinc, magnesium, phosphorus. Shrimp are also a good source of iodine which is important for proper thyroid function and brain health, and is rich in omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids.
All of this make shrimp an ally of your health:
- It may promote weight loss
- May have anti-aging properties
- May prevent hair loss
- May improve bone health and brain health
Shrimp are high in cholesterol, so try to be moderate in your consumption. Though according to Healthline, it raises both “good” and “bad” cholesterol, so there are other factors to consider here if you are worried about your cholesterol levels.
Avocado is very nutritious with around 20 different vitamins and minerals including vitamin K, vitamin C, Folate, Potassium, vitamin B5, vitamin B6, vitamin E. It is low-carb and full of healthy fats and fiber. Eating avocado can lower cholesterol and triglyceride levels. It may prevent cancer and promote eye health, and also it can help you lose weight.
Balanced Plate for Performance Goals
While any food can fit into your menu for performance goals, some recipes can contribute to a better strategized menu than others. Below you can see how this recipe can fit into your goal. If this recipe has unique benefits, it is best cut out for the goal(s) with a star next to it.
The chart below changes dynamically based off the goal you have selected.
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However, everyone is different! Use the Precision nutrition calculator I use with my clients to calculate suggested macros custom for you. For more information on using this hand estimation system, click here.
For more info on types of foods for proteins, fats, carbs, and veggies, read my article Formula for the Perfect Healthy Meal. This article will also help you figure out what foods to eat more and less of.
This salad is very high in protein, which is excellent for any health goal.
Fat: Avocado & Queso Fresco
While avocado is nutritious and contributes to a healthy, satiating meal, it is also calorically dense. For that reason, you will want to watch your consumption if you are trying to lose weight. Don’t cut it from your diet altogether though! Avocado is high in healthy fats which can help you feel satiated.
Queso Fresco is higher in saturated fat, which means it should be consumed in moderation. A quarter of this salad will have one ounce of the cheese. For most people, that is about a thumb of fat. You can adjust the servings depending on your goals.
While high in carbohydrates, watermelon is also high in water content and some fiber. It is also very nutritious. For this reason, I wouldn’t worry about the carbohydrate content in watermelon regardless of your goals, with the exception of those sensitive to sugars.
Veggies: Red Onion, Jalapeños, & Cilantro
While there are some veggies in this recipe, you could definitely supplement with more. Feel free to serve on a bed of spring greens if you would like to add more vegetables to this recipe.
Additional Meal Tips for Weight Loss
This recipe is excellent for weight loss! The recipe is fairly balanced in macronutrient content, and should be rather filling.
Additional Meal Tips for Endurance
Watermelon is rich in carbohydrates and electrolytes, which is excellent for any endurance athlete! The protein in shrimp aids in muscle recovery. However, this recipe is low in calories, so you may want to supplement with something calorically dense, such as more avocado, to meet your energy needs.
Additional Meal Tips for Building Muscle
This recipe is excellent for building muscle! However, it may be better for a cutting versus bulking phase due to it’s calorie density. During a bulking phase, you will need more calories. For you, I would suggest doubling the serving or if that is too filling, double all ingredients besides the watermelon.
Additional Meal Tips for Improving Health
This recipe is excellent for improving overall health! If you wish to improve it further, you may consider reducing or omitting the cheese, as it is high in saturated fat (which you should moderate).
Shrimp Watermelon SaladYum
- 1/4 Watermelon, cubed
- 1 lb Shrimp steamed
- 4 oz Queso fresco or cojita cheese crumbled, omit or go lighter if avoiding dairy
- 1 Lime juice
- 1/4 red onion
- 1-3 Jalapeños (mine were pretty small from garden)
- 1 Avocado cubed
- 1 Large handful fresh cilantro
- Salt&Pepper to taste
- Steam the shrimp.
- Chop watermelon, parsley, and jalapenos and place in one bowl.
- Add the avocado to the bowl.
- Add crumbled cheese.
- Add shrimps.
- Pour over with lime juice.
- Mix everything well and enjoy!