superfood salad (with shrimp)

Hold up....this is a post about food, and yet there is no caramel or chocolate in sight.

Jordyn and I have really really been wanting to start sharing our favourite meals (in addition to all the desserts we love) here on the blog, not only to share with all of you, but for ourselves and friends to have easy access to our everyday recipes.  So, be prepared (hopefully) for more legitimate meals to be appearing here.

Don't worry, there will always be a healthy dose of sweets as well!

Anywho....this is superfood salad!  It actually does have superpowers....since I'm not a huge fan of pomegranates or oranges, but since eating this salad I have been converted.  There is so much protein and goodness going on in this salad, that it makes a wonderful lunch or supper, or even a great side dish.

Superfood Salad

(heavily) adapted from:

Iowa girl eats

Ingredients:

3 cups quinoa, cooked

1/2 white onion, diced finely

2 oranges, chopped into bite-sized pieces

1 to 2 avocados, chopped

1 can black beans, rinsed and drained

1 pomegranate (seeded)

1 3/4 cup frozen corn, thawed

1/2 cup cilantro, chopped

Vinaigrette:

2 limes, juiced (you can substitute lemons! whatever you have on hand)

1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

2 garlic cloves, finely minced

salt & pepper; to taste

Optional:

12-15 Shrimp  (or grilled chicken would be great as well!)

1)  In a large bowl, combine quinoa, onion, oranges, avocados, black beans, pomegranate seeds, corn and cilantro.

2)  In a small bowl, mix together all vinaigrette ingredients.  Pour over salad, and toss.

3)  If cooking shrimp, brush a bit of vinaigrette onto them (before pouring it over the rest of the salad), then saute on high heat, just a couple minutes on each side.  Serve on top of salad!

Mmmhhh....I'm totally obsessed with this salad right now.  There are leftovers in our fridge that our calling my name right now.  Second supper anyone?

Hope you enjoyed this venture into "grown up food"!

p.s.

 β™₯ kelsey (& jordyn)