Shrimp Quinoa Bowl

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Say hello to your next meal obsession: the Shrimp and Quinoa Power Bowl with a zesty Dressing! This dish isn’t just a feast for the eyes; it’s a culinary adventure that promises a delightful mix of flavors and textures, making every bite an experience.

And the best part? It’s versatile, quick to whip up, and packed with nutrition. Let me walk you through why this recipe is going to be your new go-to and how you can mix it up to keep your taste buds dancing all week long.

Why This Shrimp Quinoa Bowl Recipe Rocks

Remember those bustling dinner parties, where the aroma of home cooking filled the air? I often got asked, “Do you cook like this every night?” Let’s be real: absolutely not. Life, means I’m all about cooking smart, not hard. That’s where this Shrimp and Quinoa Power Bowl comes in.

Cooking a big batch of quinoa at the start of the week? Genius move. It becomes the base for endless, exciting meals, like this one, that can adapt to your schedule and palate.

Tossing in a generous dollop of my legendary cilantro dressing, and topping it off with grilled shrimp? It’s a no-brainer for an irresistible lunch or dinner. And hey, if shrimp isn’t your thing, no worries. Chicken, steak, salmon… the sky’s the limit, and this bowl is ready to travel.

Grilled shrimp atop quinoa, mixed with crisp cucumbers and bell peppers, finished with fresh cilantro and a tangy dressing.

Ingredients For Your Shopping List

  • Quinoa (the star of the show)
  • Cucumber & Red Bell Pepper (for that crunch)
  • Shrimp (peeled and ready for flavor)
  • And for that dressing? Shallot, Fresh Cilantro, Garlic, Olive Oil, Red Wine Vinegar, Lime Juice, and a pinch of Salt.

Let’s Get Cooking Whip It Up Like a Pro

  1. Making the dressing: Blend shallots, garlic, olive oil, red wine vinegar, lime juice, a good pinch of salt, until smooth. Adjust the seasoning to taste.
  2. Quinoa Ready: Cook your quinoa as per the packet’s instructions, then let it cool slightly. Mix in enough vinaigrette to lightly coat the grains.
  3. Shrimp Prep: Toss your shrimp in a touch of oil, seasoned with salt, pepper, and a pinch of cayenne for heat. Grill them on an indoor grill pan or outdoor grill over medium-high heat, about 3 minutes each side, until they’re beautifully pink and slightly charred.
  4. Bowl Assembly: Spoon quinoa into bowls, top with grilled shrimp, diced cucumbers, chopped cilantro and sliced red bell peppers. Drizzle with more cilantro vinaigrette to taste.
A vibrant shrimp and quinoa bowl featuring juicy shrimp, fresh vegetables, and a zesty cilantro lime dressing for a healthy, flavorful meal.

Keeping Shrimp Quinoa Bowl Fresh

Best enjoyed fresh, but hey, life happens. Store your components separately in the fridge to keep assembling fresh bowls on the fly.

Tips and Notes

Quinoa Tricks: For extra-flavorful quinoa, cook it in broth instead of water. Also, letting it sit off the heat for 5 minutes after cooking will make it fluffier.

Protein Swap: Switch it up with pan-seared salmon for a tasty twist, or tomato chicken skewers.

FAQs

What’s the Best Way to Ensure My Shrimp Don’t Come Out Rubbery?

The key is not to overcook them. Shrimp cook quickly, usually in about 2-3 minutes per side on a medium-high grill or pan. Once they turn pink and opaque, they’re done.

Can I Use Frozen Shrimp?

Definitely. Just make sure to thaw them completely before marinating and cooking. Pat them dry to remove any excess water to get the best sear.

A colorful bowl of shrimp quinoa with grilled shrimp, diced cucumbers, sliced red bell peppers, topped with cilantro and drizzled with vinaigrette.
Yield: 4 servings

Shrimp Quinoa Bowl Recipe

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Shrimp Quinoa Bowl! Juicy grilled shrimp atop fluffy quinoa, with crisp cucumbers, bell peppers, and a zesty cilantro vinaigrette. A fresh, protein-packed meal that's both delicious and nutritious. Perfect for lunch or dinner!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 1 cucumber cubed
  • 1 red bell pepper cubed

For the Cilantro Vinaigrette

  • 1 shallot roughly chopped
  • 2 cups tightly packed fresh cilantro leaves tough stems removed
  • 1 clove garlic
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon salt

For the Grilled Shrimp:

  • 1 pound medium sized shrimp peeled and de-veined
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Making the dressing: Blend shallots, garlic, olive oil, red wine vinegar, lime juice, a good pinch of salt, until smooth. Adjust the seasoning to taste.
  2. Quinoa Ready: Cook your quinoa as per the packet’s instructions, then let it cool slightly. Mix in enough vinaigrette to lightly coat the grains.
  3. Shrimp Prep: Toss your shrimp in a touch of oil, seasoned with salt, pepper, and a pinch of cayenne for heat. Grill them on an indoor grill pan or outdoor grill over medium-high heat, about 3 minutes each side, until they're beautifully pink and slightly charred.
  4. Bowl Assembly: Spoon quinoa into bowls, top with grilled shrimp, diced cucumbers, chopped cilantro and sliced red bell peppers. Drizzle with more cilantro vinaigrette to taste.

Notes

Quinoa Tricks: For extra-flavorful quinoa, cook it in broth instead of water. Also, letting it sit off the heat for 5 minutes after cooking will make it fluffier.

Protein Swap: Switch it up with pan-seared salmon or tomato chicken skewers for a tasty twist.

Nutrition Information

Yield

4

Serving Size

1

Amount Per Serving Calories 424Total Fat 32gSaturated Fat 5gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 27gCholesterol 120mgSodium 1151mgCarbohydrates 18gFiber 3gSugar 4gProtein 16g

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