This is one of my favorite recipes of all time! Blackened shrimp is such a flavorful and healthy source of protein that is so easy to cook! The sweet and tangy homemade lemon vinaigrette comes together in minutes and is made with ingredients that you’ll have in your fridge and pantry.
Kale: I love buying the bagged kale from Trader Joe’s which is washed coarsely shredded and ready to use. It’s so easy!
Quinoa: The tri-color quinoa from Trader Joe’s is my favorite cause it adds extra color to the bowl, but any quinoa will work just great.
Shrimp: I always recommend buying cooked shrimp, it makes life so much easier. It thaws in about 5 minutes and is ready to be used however you want. Also, buy the ones with the tail-off. Again, so much easier.
How to make Kale and Quinoa Salad with Blackened Shrimp
Despite this recipe having quite a few ingredients, they are all ones regularly found in your kitchen and this extremely yummy salad comes together really quickly. It’s also great for meal prep if you leave the dressing off and because it’s a salad, it doesn’t need to be heated.
Cook the quinoa according to package directions. Thaw the shrimp by placing it in a large bowl and running cold water over it for about 5 minutes. Coat the shrimp in olive oil and seasonings and cook in a skillet for 5 minutes. Chop the veggies so they are bite-sized. Place kale, quinoa, veggies and blackened shrimp in a large bowl. Drizzle with the yummy homemade lemon vinaigrette and enjoy. It’s so good!
Salad: Lemon Vinaigrette Dressing: Blackened Shrimp:
Lemon Vinaigrette Dressing: