Summer is just around the corner, which means two things: 1) less cooking time (because your house it too hot already) and 2) lots of fresh, vibrant flavors. Enter, this beautiful quinoa salad.
I did roast the shrimp in the oven, but you could also grill them for an even quicker meal.
To roast the shrimp, and stay in E mode, start by preheating your oven to 400. Place the shrimp onto a large baking sheet lined with foil, spray lightly with coconut oil spray, sprinkle with salt and pepper, and toss to combine. Roast the shrimp at 400 for about 6 minutes – it may be more or less depending on the size and thickness of your shrimp. When they’re done, they will be firm to the touch, pink and opaque on the outside.
All that’s left is to assemble the salad!
Place the cooked quinoa into a large bowl, and add the scallions, dill, parsley, cucumber, red onion, lemon juice, and feta.
For the cucumber, make sure that you take the time (2 seconds, really) to cut out the seeds of the cucumber – yes, even if it’s “seedless”. The seeds have more moisture and will cut the shelf life of your salad significantly. You don’t want the whole batch going bad over some cucumbers! That would just be silly.
To cut the seeds out of your cucumber, slice the cuke lengthwise into quarters and cut into it on an angle so the whole “log” of seeds comes out in one cut.
Give the salad a big toss, taste for seasoning, then add your shrimp and serve.
The great thing about this salad is that it’s wonderful at room temp or cold from the fridge. In fact, as it sits in the fridge the flavor gets even better.
The lemon juice adds a fantastic acidity to the salad, while the herbs add tons of fresh, green flavor. This salad just screams summer to me, and it couldn’t be easier to make!
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Roasted Shrimp & Feta Quinoa (THM E)
Credit: Erin Murray, My Fling with Food
- 1.5 – 2lbs shrimp, peeled and deveined
- about 2 cups cooked quinoa
- juice of 2 lemons
- 1 English cucumber, seeded and diced
- 1/4 c finely diced red onion
- 4-5 sprigs fresh dill, roughly chopped
- 1/2 small bunch of parsley, chopped
- 4 scallions, whites and green parts, sliced
- 2 Tbsp crumbled feta cheese
- salt and pepper
- Preheat oven to 400.
- Spread shrimp onto a large baking sheet, spritz with coconut oil spray, and season with salt and pepper. Toss to combine, then roast at 400 for about 6 minutes.
- In a large bowl, combine the cooked quinoa with all other ingredients. Give it a big toss, taste for seasoning, and serve.