Today I am going to show you how I made a shrimp salad with quinoa and honey vinaigrette salad dressing at home. The shrimp is a very clean, fresh protein that doesn’t weigh you down in the summer like beef or pork would. Quinoa is not only delicious, but is also a nutrient-packed superfood that has become more and more available in local supermarkets within the last few years. To round off this dish, we are adding some fresh asparagus and some excellent in-season grape tomatoes.
It’s a healthy dish that’s perfect for the summer.
To begin, I first cooked about 1/4 cup quinoa following the instruction on the package and set aside to let it cool down.
After that, I need to cook the shrimp and asparagus before adding into the salad. I decided to pan-fry them with salt and pepper. But this is not the only way to cook the shrimp and asparagus. You could also grill them to add smoky flavor into the salad or blanch them (cook under boiling water a for short amount of time and rinse under cold water or immerse under ice water and drain) to best retain the nutritional value of the ingredients.
Last but not least, I made the vinaigrette dressing by whisking olive oil, lemon juice, honey, salt and pepper until emulsified and mixed everything together, and top with fresh parsley and black pepper to serve.
I hope you enjoyed this fresh summer shrimp salad dish. Next time, I am going to share a “Ham and Stem Lettuce” recipe, come back to check it out!
Below is the recipe for this dish. A special thanks to www.well-beingsecrets.com for their excellent resource about the nutritional benefits of quinoa! If you’re trying (like me) to eat healthier, go check them out when you get a chance! I’d love hear from you guys, so if you tried this recipe and loved it or have a few suggestions to make this dish even better, leave me a comment below!
- 7-8 peeled shrimps
- a quarter bunch asparagus, rinse clean and snap off the end, snap or cut into long strings
- a quarter cup quinoa
- 8-10 grape tomatoes, cut in half
- a handful of parsley, chopped for topping
- For the dressing:
- 1 fresh lemon, juiced
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 tablespoon honey
- a touch of salt
- ½ tablespoon fresh grounded black pepper
- Cook ¼ cup quinoa according to instruction and set aside.
- Stir fry the shrimp and asparagus with a touch of olive oil and a pinch of salt and black pepper for about 2-3 minutes under medium heat until cooked through, remove from pan and set aside (Instead of stir-frying, blanching the shrimp and asparagus separately is another option).
- Add lemon juice, honey, salt and black pepper in a bowl, slowly add in a olive oil and keep whisking until emulsified to serve as the dressing.
- Mix shrimp, asparagus, quinoa and tomatoes in a container, drizzle with the dressing, and top with fresh parsley and black pepper to serve.