This week I am making a concerted effort to plan my meals for work. I usually just depend on leftovers but they never seem to last long enough. This salad caught my eye because the awesome flavors and the ability to make it in advance.
Vietnamese Shrimp Quinoa Salad (from The Crafty Cook Nook)
6 tbsp freshly squeezed lime juice
1 tbsp Asian fish sauce
2 tbsp vegetable oil
1-1/2 tbsp sugar
1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes, plus more if desired
1/2 pound cooked shrimp, peeled and de-veined
1 cup quinoa, rinsed
1/2 tsp salt
1 red bell pepper, julienned
1 carrot, peeled and shredded
1 small cucumber, peeled and finely diced
1/4 cup onion, finely chopped
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
Add quinoa, salt and 1-2/3 cups water to a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil and then reduce heat to low, cover, and cook for 15 minutes, until the water is absorbed and quinoa is cooked. Transfer to a serving bowl and let cool.
Combine the lime juice, Asian fish sauce, vegetable oil, sugar and crushed red pepper flakes in a medium bowl. Whisk until the sugar is dissolved. Add shrimp to the dressing and let marinate until ready to assemble the salad.
When quinoa is cool, add red bell pepper, carrot, cucumber and scallions to the bowl. Right before serving, add the dressing, shrimp and cilantro and toss well. Taste and adjust seasoning with more salt, sugar or crushed red pepper flakes if necessary. Serve cold. Serves 2 as a main dish, 4 as a side.
Yay! I’m glad you’re spreading the quinoa love with this recipe. I still can’t believe it tastes as good as it does since it’s so easy to make.
I know. I brought it to my grandmother’s house and no one knew quite what to make of it. But they liked it!
Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide said:
You always have such inventive, fresh dressings. This looks really good.
Thanks Greg! I love new fresh flavors. I can’t wait to try even more when this spring’s lettuce crop comes up… Spring can’t come soon enough!
David Hicks said:
That looks Quinorefic. (Muted trumpet)
haha ur silly…. I think Kat is wanting some of this… 🙂
This looks like a new way for us to eat all that quinoa David bought
This is one of my favorite ways to use quinoa that I have found so far.
What a great sounding salad…I could eat that for days in a row.
It is wonderfully tasty. I have made it three times since I found the recipe. I like that you could change the protein if you didn’t have shrimp on hand. Be sure to let me know if you make it!
S.G. Miller said:
Reblogged this on Sam's Hungry and commented:
Quinoa and Shrimp? How can you go wrong?
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