Grilled Shrimp Salad

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Grilled shrimp salad with quinoa, 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 Veggies For Grilled Shrimp Salad

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.

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.

Grilled Shrimp Salad

4 from 6 votes
A quick and easy recipe for a grilled shrimp salad with quinoa, broccoli and roasted asparagus! Prepare everything ahead of time and throw it into a bowl for dinner.
A huge plate with quinoa, greens, shrimp, cucumber, purple cabbage, tomatoes, broccoli, lemon, and asparagus
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 2

Ingredients

  • 14 grilled shrimp
  • 2 cups raw broccoli, cut into bite size peices
  • ½ pound roasted asparagus
  • ½ cup shredded red cabbage
  • ½ cup sliced cucumbers
  • 1 tomato, sliced into bite size pieces
  • ½ avocado, sliced
  • ½ cup quinoa, cooked and chilled
  • 4 cups spring mix
  • balsamic vinegar
  • olive oil, optional
  • ground pepper

Instructions
 

  • 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.
  • Follow linked recipe for the roasted asparagus. Set aside.
  • Add 2 cups of spring mix to each salad plate/bowl and top with the shrimp, broccoli, asparagus, cabbage, cucumbers, 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.

Nutrition

Serving: 1/2 recipe Calories: 297kcal Carbohydrates: 32g Protein: 28g Fat: 8g Saturated Fat: 1g Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g Monounsaturated Fat: 4g Cholesterol: 149mg Sodium: 551mg Potassium: 1197mg Fiber: 11g Sugar: 7g
Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: grilled shrimp salad

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

      5 stars
      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

      5 stars
      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!

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