Grilled Shrimp with Lentil Tabbouleh


Grilled shrimp on a salad of lentils and fresh herbs makes a light summer meal.


  • 1 cup small green or brown lentils

  • 1 clove garlic, peeled

  • 1 bay leaf

  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin

  • Salt and freshly ground pepper

  • 1 orange, lemon, and lime

  • 1 ½ tablespoons olive oil

  • ½ seedless cucumber (about 1 pound), peeled if waxy

  • ¼ medium red onion, peeled and cut into ¼-inch dice

  • 2 large tomatoes, cut into ¼-inch dice

  • ½ cup fresh mint leaves, chopped

  • ½ cup fresh parsley leaves, chopped

  • 1 cup watercress leaves, chopped

  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice

  • 2 ½ teaspoons sherry vinegar

  • 12 jumbo shrimp (about 1 pound), peeled and deveined


  1. In a 3-quart saucepan, combine 4 cups water, lentils, garlic, bay leaf, cumin, andsalt and pepper to taste, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until lentils are tender, about 30 minutes.

  2. Meanwhile, with a sharp knife, remove peel and pith from fruit. Over a bowl, cut away membrane, collecting juice. Chop fruit into 1/4-inch dice; add to juice. Toss with1/2 tablespoon oil and season with salt and pepper. Set aside.

  3. Cut cucumber on diagonal into 1/4-inch slices, then cut into thin strips. Set aside.

  4. Drain lentils; discard garlic and bay leaf; let cool. Toss with onion, tomatoes, mint, parsley, watercress, lemon juice, vinegar, remaining oil, and salt and pepper to taste. Set aside.

  5. Heat grill or cast-iron grill pan. Marinate shrimp for 10 minutes in 2 tablespoons of the citrus dressing. Remove shrimp, season with salt and pepper, and grill until opaque, about 3 to 4 minutes per side.

  6. Divide the cucumbers among 4 plates. Top each with a quarter of the lentils and 3 shrimp. Spoon citrus dressing over salads.

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