Grilled Shrimp Caesar Salad

When we first moved to Nashville, we lived in a hotel for little over a month.  Sounds like fun right? Well it was a fun adventure for a bit, but it sort of got old fast. My biggest defeat was not having a kitchen (that and having an untrained 4 month year old puppy.)

We would constantly go out to eat and dine at the hotel bar. Dillon would order the Grilled Shrimp Caesar Salad and I would make my way around the menu. Whenever he ordered the salad, I would go on about how I could make it better. I guess I was feeling a little cocky.

Once we finally moved into our new place (and once I finally found somewhere to buy good shrimp…) I backed up my cockiness with one of the best Grilled Shrimp Caesar Salads I’ve ever made.


1 lb. peeled, deveined shrimp
1 Large head of Romaine Lettuce (roughly chopped)
Shaved Parmesan and Asiago Cheese
Croutons (Im a fan of homemade croutons. I used my own recipe, here.)
Caesar Dressing
***I use a store bought Caesar dressing. Whenever I use a store bought Caesar, I mix a little in a bowl with fresh squeezed lemon juice, cayenne pepper and ground black pepper to kick it up a bit.***

Ingredients for Shrimp Marinade
1/3 cup of Olive Oil
1 Large Lemon (1/2 lemon for marinade/other half to use once shrimp are cooked)
Kosher salt, to taste
Ground Black Pepper, to taste
Tablespoon Fresh Garlic
Tablespoon Italian Seasoning
Teaspoon Smoked Paprika
Teaspoon Dried Basil


In a large bowl mix Olive Oil, 1/2 squeezed Lemon, Garlic, Salt, Pepper, Italian Seasoning, Smoked Paprika and Dried Basil in a bag. Add washed off shrimp to mixture. Set aside in fridge. Let marinate for 20 minutes.

While waiting for shrimp…combine lettuce, croutons and cheeses in a large bowl. Set aside in Fridge.

After 20 minutes…Heat pan to a medium high heat. Cook Shrimp on each side for about 2-3 minutes. Once done, squeeze other half of lemon over shrimp.

Add shrimp to bowl with lettuce, cheeses, and croutons.
Mix in Caesar dressing and Serve!


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