A clean eating shrimp salad with cooked shrimp, quinoa, blanched broccoli and roasted asparagus! Prepare everything ahead of time and throw it into a bowl for a quick and easy lunch or dinner.

During the week I’m always running around like a crazy woman and come home ravenous. Because of this I usually gravitate toward easy meals that I can throw together with things I have already prepped. <– Normally I make a big batch of plain quinoa and chop up fresh veggies over the weekend for this purpose.

A clean eating shrimp salad with cooked shrimp, quinoa, blanched broccoli and roasted asparagus! Prepare everything ahead of time and throw it into a bowl for a quick and easy lunch or dinner.

This shrimp salad totally fits the bill! It’s got quinoa, cooked shrimp, blanched broccoli and roasted asparagus — all of which can be prepared ahead of time and thrown into a bowl come dinner time.

Blanching and roasting are two of my favorite ways to prepare veggies. I really like blanched broccoli because it’s more palatable than raw broccoli, but still crisp and flavorful — not mushy and overcooked. And all roasted veggies are amazing in my book. They add such a robust flavor component to salads. Often times roasting veggies can take around 30-40 minutes, but the asparagus in this recipe is broiled so it takes less than 10 minutes! This is great for those days when waiting 40 minutes to eat feels impossible.

A meal-sized shrimp salad with cooked shrimp, quinoa, blanched broccoli and roasted asparagus! Prepare everything ahead of time and throw it into a bowl for a quick and easy lunch or dinner.

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A huge plate with quinoa, greens, shrimp, cucumber, purple cabbage, tomatoes, broccoli, lemon, and asparagus

Clean Eating Shrimp Salad


  • Author: Brittany Mullins
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 2

Description

A quick and easy recipe for a clean eating shrimp salad with cooked shrimp, quinoa, blanched broccoli and roasted asparagus! Prepare everything ahead of time and throw it into a bowl for dinner.


Ingredients

  • 14 large cooked shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 2 cups raw broccoli, cut into bite size peices
  • 1/2 pound of asparagus + 1 teaspoon olive oil and sea salt & pepper for roasting
  • 1/2 cup shredded red cabbage
  • 1 tomato, sliced into bite size pieces
  • 1/2 avocado, sliced
  • 1/2 cup quinoa, cooked and chilled
  • 4 cups spring mix
  • balsamic vinegar
  • olive oil (optional)
  • ground pepper

Instructions

  1. Blanch the raw broccoli:Bring a pot of water to a boil. In a large bowl, fill with half ice and water. Cut up the broccoli while you wait for the water to boil. Carefully, add in broccoli and cook for 1 to 2 minutes. The broccoli will become tender and bright in color. Scoop out broccoli with a slotted spoon quickly and immediately move into the ice water, keeping it in there for for about 30 seconds. Drain in a colander and set aside.
  2. Roast the asparagus: Set oven to broil. Trim the tough ends of the asparagus and place it on a prepared pan. Sprinkle the asparagus with olive oil and toss around the pan to coat. Sprinkle with a the sea salt and ground pepper. Place in the oven and broil for 4-7 minutes. Don’t overcook. Set aside.
  3. Now, the easy part – start compiling your salad: Add 2 cups of spring mix to each salad plate/bowl and top with the shrimp, broccoli, asparagus, bell pepper, tomato, avocado, and quinoa. Drizzle with balsamic vinegar and olive oil, if using. Sprinkle with ground pepper and enjoy!

Notes

Be sure to read the full recipe before starting to prep the salad because some components (like roasting the asparagus, blanching the broccoli and cooking the quinoa) need to be done ahead of time.

  • Category: Salad

You’ll probably have some broccoli and asparagus left over if you use the amounts suggested in the recipe. Just store them in the fridge for later use.

A meal-sized shrimp salad with cooked shrimp, quinoa, blanched broccoli and roasted asparagus! Prepare everything ahead of time and throw it into a bowl for a quick and easy lunch or dinner.

The beauty of this recipe is that you can easily tweak it by using your favorite vegetables and protein. I’m sure grilled salmon or tofu would work great instead of the shrimp.

I was being strict with my clean eating goals last week and only used a drizzle of balsamic vinegar and fresh ground pepper as a topping, but you could certainly use any homemade dressing you like and I’m sure a little cheese would be a nice addition as well.

If you try this clean eating shrimp salad be sure to let me know what you think by leaving a comment and a star rating below! 

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    24 comments
    1. RunDreamAchieve
      May 5, 2019 AT 10:26 am

      Outstanding post Brittney. I am a huge seafood lover and that salad recipe has been added to my favorites. You have a great blog as well. Continued success.

    2. Anne
      August 3, 2016 AT 3:59 pm

      This salad looks absolutely amazing!

    3. Steve
      April 21, 2013 AT 11:21 pm

      I don’t even remember what I was looking for when I came across your blog. I’ve enjoyed it but I just had to comment on how much I have enjoyed this salad! This quickly became one of my favourite meals!

      Steve

    4. Liz @ iheartvegetables
      April 26, 2012 AT 7:28 pm

      Yummm!!! I need to try balsamic on my veggies the way I do on my salad! I actually just bought some yesterday!

      Can’t wait for our run tomorrow!!! 🙂

    5. Anna
      April 26, 2012 AT 6:18 pm

      Congratulations on Top9! Scrumptious looking salad!

    6. CJ at Food Stories
      April 26, 2012 AT 5:27 pm

      Congratulations on your foodbuzz top 9, today!

      1. Eating Bird Food
        April 26, 2012 AT 5:30 pm

        Thank you CJ!

    7. Kristina
      April 26, 2012 AT 4:23 pm

      yummm! I love quick and easy and this looks de-liciousss! I always have some cooked quinoa laying around too 🙂 Its so perfect for throwing together a fast and healthy meal!

    8. Ali
      April 26, 2012 AT 2:45 pm

      Congrats on Top 9! This one looks like a winner ;).

    9. missy
      April 26, 2012 AT 10:08 am

      Thought I would pop in and I am glad I did! Lovely blog. Your recipe is lovely and well rounded and a perfect spring meal! Well done!

    10. Jasper {crunchylittlebites}
      April 25, 2012 AT 10:07 am

      this salad looks really. really. really. really tasty Brittany! And you are quite the food stylist. seriously.

    11. Sue-Anne
      April 24, 2012 AT 10:36 pm

      I also always keep cooked quinoa on hand for easy lunches at home or on the go, and also to cut down on bread. I definitely have to start roasting veggies more often, looks really good!

    12. Monet
      April 24, 2012 AT 9:08 pm

      Yum! I’ve been eating quinoa bowls non-stop! This looks so delicious. I’m glad I finally had a chance to visit. I’ve been just swamped with work and school. Argh. I wish I had more time right now. But as always, your post brought a smile to my face. Thank you for sharing!

    13. Sam @ Fit for My Fork
      April 24, 2012 AT 4:15 pm

      This shrimp salad looks lovely – and very healthy, too. I have some shrimp in the freezer so might have to give this a go this weekend 🙂

      We tend to eat pretty clean generally, and cook our dinner every night rather than relying on something frozen or packaged. I am used to waiting for a good meal! Anytime my boyfriend is out, though, I go for something like primal Pad Thai or something with shrimp (hence why I keep some in the freezer) since he isn’t a big fan. Yum!

      1. Eating Bird Food
        April 24, 2012 AT 4:26 pm

        I totally agree, freshly cooked foods beat frozen and packaged meals any day! I’m intrigued by your primal Pad Thai. Do you have a recipe?

    14. Val @ Tips on Healthy Living
      April 24, 2012 AT 12:28 pm

      Such a great idea having roasted veggies and cooked quinoa (or other grains) on hand. I love to mix leftovers like roasted sweet potatoes or a little wild rice into dinner or lunch salads to make them a little heartier and filling.

    15. Jane
      April 24, 2012 AT 11:42 am

      Pineapple balsamic sounds awesome!! I agree about having things ready in the fridge – I am so much more apt to eat healthy if there is something I can throw together quickly! The salad looks awesome!

    16. Justine @ Life With Cheeseburgers
      April 24, 2012 AT 11:12 am

      My hubby and I are huge fans of stir fries, because the combinations are seriously UNLIMITED. We just pick up a couple bags of mixed frozen veggies or grab what looks fresh from the produce aisles, along with whatever kind of meat we feel like having, and a few of our favorite seasonings/sauces.

      Oh, and if not in a stir-fry: Blanched veggies are the bestest 🙂

    17. Nina @ Sweating It
      April 24, 2012 AT 10:28 am

      This looks so yummy! I am on such a shrimp kick right now- definitely putting this on the list for this weekend 🙂

    18. Gina @ Running to the Kitchen
      April 24, 2012 AT 10:07 am

      I just made an entire sheet pan of roasted veggies last night b/c I was getting so sick of preparing veggies for every meal throughout the day. I’m hoping to get at least 2-3 days out of them! Preparation is key when it comes to clean eating. It’s a lot easier to eat well when you have good options ready and in front of you!

    19. Ashley @ Coffee Cake and Cardio
      April 24, 2012 AT 9:58 am

      Looks awesome!! I love how I feel after eating a clean and healthy salad.

    20. Christina
      April 24, 2012 AT 9:06 am

      The recipe sounds wonderful! Also I am absolutely hooked on their olive oils and vinegars. The traditional balsamic is outstanding! Did you pick those up during your trip to Austin?

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