Discovering Quinoa - Part 1 - Shrimp Salad & Dressing

Last week, a bulk-sized bag of organic quinoa magically appeared in my kitchen.  I've never cooked it.... can count the number of times I've eaten it on one hand... and am basically 100% ignorant of this grain (which turns out, isn't a grain at all, its a seed).  I'm a rice and potatoes starch with dinner type of girl.

So when I decided to finally give quinoa a try, it wasn't without reservations.  How can these little seed-looking thingies taste good?  And how do you actually cook these things?  I read that quinoa is packed with vitamins and is from the spinach family.  Who knew?! 

This is what I finally ended up doing with my first stab at quinoa for dinner, finding a fresh and healthy way to incorporate this new ingredient.  

Shrimp & Quinoa Cobb Salad - tev Cooks 2016

Shrimp & Quinoa Cobb Salad - tev Cooks 2016

Shrimp & Quinoa Cobb Salad with Homemade Vinaigrette

Ingredients:

1 cup Quinoa, rinsed                        2 Boiled Eggs, sliced or chopped

2 cups Chicken Broth                      10-12 Shrimp, deveined

Romaine Lettuce                              5 Bacon Strips

Tomatoes, chopped                         Shredded Cheese

Red Cabbage, chopped                   Guacamole

Instructions:

In a saucepan, bring chicken broth to a boil.  Add quinoa, cook until the seeds are chewy and there is a white thread evident. Let cool.

Saute shrimp in olive oil with salt and pepper to taste.   Let cool.

On a bed of chopped romaine lettuce and red cabbage, layer eggs, cheese, crumbled bacon, tomatoes, shredded cheese, guacamole, and quinoa on a large plate (as pictured above).

tev's Homemade Vinaigrette

Ingredients:

3/4 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil    2 cloves Garlic

1/4 cup Balsamic Vinegar          2 tablespoon Apple Cider Vinegar

1 tablespoon lemon juice             Cracked Black Pepper, to taste

Sea Salt, to taste                          1 teaspoon Dried Basil

Instructions:

Combine all ingredients in a blender, Nutribullet, or shaker.  Once all ingredients are thoroughly liquefied and combined, pour over salad to taste.  

Do you like Quinoa?  Tell us what you think!

Enjoy!!