Lime-Ginger Quinoa Shrimp Salad

This unique salad is the perfect choice for dieters and those following our easy weight loss programs. The ingredients in this tasty salad make it a nutritional powerhouse—it’s packed with fiber and protein to fill you up and antioxidant-rich nutrients that benefit all aspects of your health and well-being.

The quinoa adds a rich texture and is one of the most protein-rich foods we can eat—it’s classified as a complete protein, since it contains all nine of the essential amino acids our bodies need to build muscle. Quinoa also contains twice as much fiber as other whole grains and is packed with iron, potassium, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, calcium, vitamin E and the B-vitamins. The shrimp is an excellent source of protein, selenium, choline, copper, iodine, phosphorus and the carotenoid astaxanthin, which has strong anti-inflammatory properties. The lime ginger dressing and vegetables add some serious flavor while infusing an array of beneficial antioxidants into the dish.

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12 to 16 shrimp, peeled, de-veined and cooked
1 cup quinoa, cooked
1 cup grape or cherry tomatoes, halved
1 cup green peas
½ cup scallions
½ cup fresh parsley, diced
5 radishes, thinly sliced
Himalayan sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

2 tbsp lime juice, freshly squeezed
1 tbsp fresh ginger, grated or minced
1 garlic clove, minced
1 tbsp rice wine vinegar
2 tbsp grapeseed oil

Prepare the dressing by whisking together the fresh lime juice, grapeseed oil, rice wine vinegar, garlic and ginger.

In a large bowl, mix together the quinoa, tomatoes, peas, scallions, radishes and parsley. SAet asides into bowls and then top each serving with shrimp. Drizzle with the lime ginger dressing, season with Himalayan sea salt and freshly ground black pepper and serve.

Make four servings.

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