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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5 Responses to “Two Potato and Spinach Salad”

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    Fun and Fearless in Beantown — August 6, 2010 at 3:47 pm

    Looks fantastic and I love the use of Greek yogurt!

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    Kelsey — August 6, 2010 at 3:49 pm

    I’m so glad you and Hubby liked the recipe. Your photos of it are wonderful!

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    Kerstin — August 7, 2010 at 1:46 am

    I’m not a mayo fan, so this is right up my alley and I love the addition of spinach – yum!

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    Simply Life — August 7, 2010 at 11:10 am

    That salad looks great!

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    peasandcues — August 7, 2010 at 9:27 pm

    So I was at IU this week for a MBA in-residence program and one of my fellow classmates and I were talking about a mutual love of food. I said I even have a food blog, and she said she had a friend who also had one…well the world really is small, because when she (Stephanie G.) said this blog I told her I had been recently reading it and itching to try your oreo cupcakes!

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