Jun 29

Quinoa Salad with Shrimp, Avocado, and Oranges

Cilantro and Oranges.


I had my doubts.

I mean, cilantro is good but it’s not like ketchup good.

You know, ketchup good.  Like you can put it on pretty much anything and it tastes fantastic.*

But maybe there’s hope for cilantro yet.   Because you see, cilantro and oranges…it works.

If I had a restaurant, this would be on the menu.

Everyone loved it…

even without ketchup.

*not chocolate cake.

Quinoa Salad with Shrimp, Avocado, and Oranges

serves 5 as an entree

slightly adapted from my favorite magazine

1 1/4 cup quinoa

1 tsp. chili powder

3 tsp. minced garlic, divided

Zest of 1 lime

2 tsp. plus 3 Tbsp. olive oil

1 tsp. each kosher salt and pepper, divided

1/4 cup lime juice

1/2 cup fresh cilantro, leaves removed from stem

4 large oranges, peeled and segmented

2 ripe avocados, peeled and cubed

30 medium sized shrimp, fresh or thawed (I used frozen, raw, deveined Black Tiger Shrimp)

Cook quinoa according to package directions. Transfer to a large bowl and allow to cool while you prepare the rest of the dish.

Preheat broiler with a rack set 3-4 inches from heat.  In a large bowl, stir together chili powder, 2 tsp. olive oil, and 1/2 tsp. each salt and pepper.  Add shrimp and toss to coat. Allow shrimp to marinate in the fridge for 10 minutes.

Divide shrimp between 3 large skewers.  Place skewers on a large baking sheet with raised edges to catch any excess oil.  Broil shrimp for 4 minutes on each side.  8 minutes total.

Remove shrimp from skewers and allow to cool slightly. Add shrimp and remaining ingredients to quinoa. Toss to coat.

Divide among 5 plates and serve.

5 comments on “Quinoa Salad with Shrimp, Avocado, and Oranges”

  1. Hi, I super enjoy your blog and admire healthy eating and stuff. Wondering if I can ask some questions? (could you email me? I don’t see a contact here). I’m just flustered with eating and stuff now, confused. I understand you aren’t a professional, but thoughts from other bloggers is always nice anyway. Thanks either way.

    • Hi Tara! Sorry for the oh so very slow response!:( Like you said, I’m not a professional quite yet but if you have any questions I could help with I’d love to. I can’t see your email here but you can email me at:

      I’d love to give you my opinions and, if I can, help you feel less flustered:)

      And thanks for reading!:)

  2. Wow, this sounds delicious! Always looking for new quinoa recipes! Here’s one you might like to try? Quinoa with (Pan) Roasted Vegetables and Balsamic Vinegar

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