Grilled Shrimp with Pomegranate Salsa

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grilled shrimp with pomegranate salsa is so healthy, and practically zero calories :)

Grilled Shrimp with Pomegranate Salsa is a super healthy, gluten free, low carb, low calorie, Paleo meal that also happens to be beautiful and fabulous!  Oh, and did I mention it’s ready in 30 minutes?

Grilled Shrimp with Pomegranate Salsa is practically calorie free!

grilled shrimp with pomegranate salsa is so healthy, and practically zero calories :)

I’ve said it so many times before, but some of you are new here, so I’ll say it again — salsa is the perfect food!  And it makes so many other foods better.  It’s a hero, and I make it all year round, rain or shine, heat wave or Arctic Blast.  What’s fun is coming up with seasonal variations, like this pomegranate version.

Pomegranate and jalapeno Salsa

When I make salsa variations, I don’t stray too far from my basic formula…in other words, I don’t try to fix what ain’t broken.  Finely chopped sweet and sharp red onion, a minced jalapeno (seeds and all of course,) fresh lime and cilantro, salt and pepper.  It’s full of zingy flavor.

Grilled shrimp with fresh pomegranate salsa

The grilled shrimp is really just an excuse to gobble up the salsa, although personally I could be happy just eating it with a spoon.   I threaded peeled shrimp onto soaked wooden skewers, alternating with lime wedges for a simple dish.

skinny grilled shrimp with pomegranate salsa

A quick brushing of olive oil, and a sprinkle of salt, pepper, and chipotle chili powder is all it needs, besides a screaming hot grill.  Dinner is ready in about 4 minutes.

grilled shrimp with lime

I like to lay the skewers right on a plate of greens and serve the salsa on the side.

grilled shrimp with pomegranate jalapeno salsa

This would work with other types of fish, too, like salmon or halibut.  Any fish, really, that you can cut into chunks would work.  You can marinate it or not, I prefer not, I just five it a good squeeze of lime as it comes off the grill.

skrimp skewers with spicy pomegranate salsa

You’ll basically burn off the calories in this dish while you are making it.  Good deal, huh?

grilled shrimp with pomegranate salsa and greens

grilled shrimp with pomegranate salsa is so healthy, and practically zero calories :)
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Grilled Shrimp with Pomegranate Salsa (practically calorie free!)

Grilled Shrimp with Pomegranate Salsa is a super healthy, gluten free, low carb, low calorie, Paleo meal that also happens to be beautiful and fabulous!
Course main course salad
Cuisine American
Calories 193.71kcal


  • about 16 medium shrimp peeled and deveined, leaving the tail on.
  • 1 lime cut in half, and then into thin wedges
  • the juice of 1 lime
  • chipotle chili powder
  • salt and fresh cracked pepper

pomegranate salsa

  • arils seeds from one pomegranate
  • 1/3 medium red onion minced
  • 1 jalapeno minced, seeds and all
  • handful of fresh cilantro chopped
  • juice of 1 lime
  • pinch of salt


  • If you are using wooden skewers, soak them in cold water while you prep everything,
  • Thread shrimp and lime wedges alternately on each skewer.
  • Brush the skewers lightly with olive oil, and sprinkle with salt, pepper, and the chili powder, on both sides.
  • Pre heat a grill pan until quite hot. Cook the skewers for about 2 minutes on the first side, and a minute or so on the second side, just until the shrimp are done.
  • As you take the shrimp off the grill, give it a good squeeze of lime juice, and serve the shrimp immediately, over a bed of lettuce with the salsa on the side.
  • To make the salsa, combine all the ingredients and mix. Taste to adjust the amount of lime juice.


Calories: 193.71kcal | Carbohydrates: 40.28g | Protein: 10.02g | Fat: 2.43g | Saturated Fat: 0.34g | Sodium: 741.34mg | Fiber: 9.29g | Sugar: 22.07g





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    December 5, 2018 at 7:10 am

    Looks wonderful. Any ideas for a side to pair with it?

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      December 5, 2018 at 7:38 am

      I might go with grilled asparagus, or corn on the cob.

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    March 7, 2015 at 8:38 am

    Wow! What a stunningly beautiful salad. The flavors sound so delicious together… I’ll be making this for sure! Thanks for sharing?

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    January 13, 2015 at 11:56 am

    Wowza!! The weather is miserable in Spokane right now but this would brighten up my day for sure, looks absolutely delicious!!

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    January 12, 2015 at 10:35 am

    what a GORGEOUS plate of food! i swear, you can pop pomegranate arils on anything and its classiness goes up tenfold! 🙂

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    Laura (Tutti Dolci)
    January 10, 2015 at 5:16 pm

    Wow Sue, what a gorgeous dish! Love that pomegranate salsa with grilled shrimp, fab idea!

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    [email protected]
    January 10, 2015 at 1:25 am

    This looks divine! So fresh and colorful!

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    January 9, 2015 at 8:49 pm

    I love this! So bright and fresh !!!

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    Caroline @ Pass the Cocoa
    January 9, 2015 at 6:48 pm

    I love the idea of pomegranate salsa! I think sweet/salty salsas are the best, and this is so colorful.

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    Sarah | Broma Bakery
    January 9, 2015 at 9:16 am

    So festive, and so bright! Shrimp is one of my favorites. So are pomegranates. I just can’t get over all the colors! But seriously, I think you have every color in there- red, orange, yellow, green, and purple. Yep. It’s truly a taste the rainbow dish!

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    Tricia @ Saving room for dessert
    January 9, 2015 at 5:53 am

    A stunning work of art Sue! The shrimp is mouthwatering and the salsa looks so fresh and bright. I think you are right about not fixing what isn’t broken – this is perfect just the way it is! Hope you have a wonderful weekend.

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    Jennifer @ Seasons and Suppers
    January 9, 2015 at 5:45 am

    Just looking at this dish makes me happy – so bright and fresh! Love grilled shrimp and the salsa sounds delicious!

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    Chris @ The Café Sucré Farine
    January 9, 2015 at 5:37 am

    I could eat my weight in this. It’s gorgeous, fresh and simply wonderful sounding!

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      January 9, 2015 at 7:16 am

      Haha — me too!

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    Thalia @ butter and brioche
    January 9, 2015 at 12:00 am

    What an incredibly delicious and healthy salad! This would be so perfect for the hot summer weather we’re having here in Australia right now.

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      January 9, 2015 at 7:25 am

      Thank goodness for readers in the southern hemisphere! Hope you try it, Thalia!

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    [email protected]
    January 8, 2015 at 4:50 pm

    This has all my favourites rolled into one. Its the perfect time of year here for salsa and this would be great on the barbie on Australia Day.

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      January 9, 2015 at 7:26 am

      I think this is resonating with my Aussie readers, thanks Denise <3

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    [email protected]+Floating+Kitchen
    January 8, 2015 at 3:24 pm

    Oh I love this Sue. So many beautiful colors!! I could eat salsa all day, everyday!

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      January 8, 2015 at 4:33 pm

      Me too Liz 🙂

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    January 8, 2015 at 11:29 am

    Looks lovely and fresh. It is a very inviting dish. xo Catherine

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    [email protected] and Back Again
    January 8, 2015 at 9:07 am

    What a great idea! I love pomegranate, and I love salsa, so why not combine the two. I would think this salsa would also taste great with grilled chicken. This is going right on my to-make list!

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      January 8, 2015 at 9:20 am

      Thanks Linda, and I agree, chicken would be great, too!