Colorful Shrimp and Quinoa Salad

I’ve mentioned this before, but I’ll say it again. Hubby spoils me. He packs my lunch every morning before work while I’m getting ready. It works out well since we ride to work together. So every morning, he packs me all sorts of healthy snacks to keep me full throughout the day.

I love eating salads for lunch. I usually go with this Massaged Kale Salad with Pear and Pumpkin Seeds. But sometimes I like to mix things up. I was browsing foodgawker and this recipe caught my eye. Lucky for me, we had all of the ingredients on hand!

This Colorful Shrimp and Quinoa Salad kept well in the fridge and did a good job of keeping me full in to the afternoon. I loved the punch of sweetness provided by the pomegranate arils.

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Colorful Shrimp and Quinoa Salad

Shrimp, black beans, and quinoa mixed up to make a great healthy salad

Yield: Serves 4-5

Ingredients:

For the Salad
1 lb steamed shrimp
1/2 cup dry quinoa
1/3 cup red onion, chopped
1 orange, peeled and segments chopped
1 avocado, chopped
1 cup canned black beans, rinsed and drained
1 cup pomegranate arils (about 1 pomegranate worth)
1/2 cup cilantro, chopped
salt & pepper

For the Dressing
2 Tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
2 garlic cloves, microplaned or finely minced
dash of sugar
salt & pepper
3 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil

Directions:

For the Salad
Cook quinoa according to package directions. Set aside to cool.

Combine cooled quinoa with shrimp, red onion, orange segments, avocado, beans, pomegranate arils, cilantro, salt and pepper.

For the Dressing
Add lemon juice, garlic, sweetener, salt and pepper into a small bowl and whisk in oil.

Pour dressing over the salad and stir to combine. Serve cold or at room temperature.

Recipe adapted from Iowa Girl Eats

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4 Responses to “Colorful Shrimp and Quinoa Salad”

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    Cindy — December 10, 2013 at 8:41 am

    Oops! ingredients list omits shrimp and corn. Sounds intriguing tho and I’ll experiment.

    I enjoy reading your recipes and have tried quite a few to great success.

    Altho I no longer live there (thanks endless winter!) I grew up in MA so I enjoy your short bio. Great site.

    Thanks!

    • beantownbaker — December 10th, 2013 @ 4:57 pm

      Thanks for pointing this out! You’re right the shrimp and corn aren’t in the recipe. I’ll update it now.

      The winters are ruthless in MA for sure!

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    Cindy — December 10, 2013 at 5:21 pm

    Thanks for responding, Wicked Awesome. And thanks for indicating the amount of shrimp to be used.

    But the amount of corn is still missing in the ingredients list although its included in the directions … so I’ll improvise. Thanks for a great recipe.

    Sorry to be such a pain in the patootie.

    • beantownbaker — December 11th, 2013 @ 7:46 am

      Sorry for all the confusion! I didn’t use corn when I made this recipe. The original recipe called for 1 cup of frozen corn.

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