Spicy Grilled Shrimp with Quinoa Salad

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    I vowed to have a week of clean/good eating after Nashville and last week, but it was foiled yesterday because it seemed like everyone got some memo to bring in something to share. It was crazy. One coworker brought in cookies, another brought in breakfast pastries, another brought in cake, and another brought in cookies as well! Maybe everyone has the same idea as me – get everyone around you fat so you can look skinny ;) haha!

    Are you and your hairdresser friends or are you guys more like see you once a month at the salon and that’s it? Surprisingly, my hairdresser and I hang out regularly & she’s become a really good friend, which some people find weird, but I really love the friendship we have. Anyway, so earlier last month when we were hanging out, she mentioned how she hired a new hair washer at the salon and that it was a guy. I didn’t really think anything of it until last week when I went to get my hair done. He washed my hair and it was the most amazing hair washing I’ve ever had. He also gave the best head massage and neck massage. I actually felt bad for thinking “wow this is amazing.” Haha, I totally felt like I was somehow cheating on Jason and that this guy was violating me. Am I weird? Maybe just slightly, but really, it was one of those, “should I be thinking this? Should I relax or should I tense up and not let him massage me?” I bet this guy gets some really good gratuity!!

    So, July 4th is tomorrow and do you know what I’m thinking? This dish right here would be the ultimate dish for you to have at your 4th of July celebration! It’s got a lot of protein and it’s fresh with plenty of delicious summery flavors. Plus, if you’re already grilling, throwing some extra shrimp on the grill won’t hurt ya! You can eat this salad cold with the hot grilled shrimp or you can eat both of them warm or at room temperature. Very easy dish and it’s sure to please! Have a wonderful 4th of July everyone! Stay safe and enjoy :)

    Spicy Grilled Shrimp with Quinoa Salad

    This spicy grilled shrimp with quinoa salad is a triple punch of protein packed into a tasty summer dish!
    Prep Time: 30 mins
    Cook Time: 20 mins
    Total Time: 50 mins
    Servings (adjustable, but please note that results, timing, and cookware may vary when adjusting servings): 4
    Calories: 337kcal
    Author: Julie Chiou
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    • 1/8 cup fresh lime juice, divided
    • 5 tsp olive oil, divided
    • 1 tsp chili powder
    • 1/2 tsp ground cumin, divided
    • 1/8 tsp black pepper
    • 1/4 tsp hot pepper sauce
    • 1/8 tsp smoked paprika
    • 2 cloves garlic, chopped and divided
    • 12 large shrimp, peeled and deveined
    • 1/2 cup uncooked quinoa
    • 1/4 cup chopped onion
    • 3/4 cup water
    • 1 tsp kosher salt, divided
    • 1/4 tsp honey
    • 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
    • 1/2 cup canned chickpeas, rinsed and drained
    • 1 avocado, diced
    • 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese


    • Preheat grill to high heat.
    • Combine 1 tbsp of lime juice, 1/2 tbsp olive oil, chili powder, 1/4 tsp cumin, black pepper, hot sauce, paprika, and 1 garlic cloves in a medium bowl. Add shrimp, toss well. Marinate in refrigerator for 30 minutes.
    • Rinse and drain quinoa. Heat 1 tsp. of oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add onion to pan and saute for 3 minutes. Add remaining garlic clove and quinoa. Cook for 2 minutes, stirring constantly, to toast the quinoa. Add 3/4 cup water, bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer for 13 minutes, or until liquid is absorbed. Cool.
    • Combine remaining lime juice, olive oil, 1/4 tsp cumin, 1/2 tsp. salt, and honey in a large bowl. Stir with whisk. Add quinoa, tomatoes, chickpeas, avocado, and cheese to the large bowl and toss gently.
    • Remove shrimp from the fridge and discard the marinade. Sprinkle with 1/2 tsp of salt then thread shrimp on metal skewers (or if you're using wooden skewers, be sure to soak skewers in water prior to putting them on the grill) and place skewers on grill rack. Grill 2 minutes on each side or until done.
    • Divide quinoa mixture evenly among 4 plates. Top each serving with shrimp.


    Source: Cooking Light magazine, June 2013, page 48
    Nutrition Facts
    Spicy Grilled Shrimp with Quinoa Salad
    Amount Per Serving (1 Serving)
    Calories 337 Calories from Fat 162
    % Daily Value*
    Fat 18g28%
    Carbohydrates 26g9%
    Fiber 6g24%
    Sugar 3g3%
    Protein 20g40%
    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
    *Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. 

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  • Cookbook Queen says:

    These is nothing better than a good hair wash, I don’t care WHO is doing it!!

    This is such a great Summer meal :)

  • Tieghan says:

    Gorgeous! I love grilled shrimp and just made it yesterday. This is the perfect summer meal!

  • Rachel @ Baked by Rachel says:

    Salon head massages are the absolute best omg I want to go get my hair done just to have that done. PS love that second shot – the closeup is perfect! :)

  • Tracy | PeanutButter and Onion says:

    I love these shrimp…. not sold on the Quinoa yet

  • Lisa @ Garnish with Lemon says:

    This looks absolutely amazing! Definitely on the list of things to make this weekend! Yum!

  • Sounds like the perfect summer dish

  • Jamie @lifelovelemons says:

    Oh my goodness, a perfect summer salad!

  • Kristi @ Inspiration Kitchen says:

    Wow, this grilled shrimp looks AMAZING. I love shrimp (especially spicy shrimp) and am always looking for new ways to make it.

  • Leah | So, How's It Taste? says:

    The shrimp looks so good & I have a ton of quinoa I need to use! Great recipe! I had my hair washed by a guy once and he was all tatted up and (in my head) dangerous! It was the best ever! I would have felt like I was cheating, but this single girl totally wanted his number after that!

  • Carla @ Carlas Confections says:

    I seriously wish I could hire someone to wash my hair/massage my head everyday. If that wasnt creepy that is ;) I want this salad every day of my life too!

  • Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl says:

    I know what I’m having for my next girls night in, this looks incredible!
    Love your salon story, I bet that he makes great tips too!

  • Maria says:

    I am in love with quinoa salads!

  • dixya| food, pleasure, and health says:

    i had hairdresser like that but now we she moved away :( totally not weird at all if you ask me..I could eat this salad everyday – that shrimp looks sooo good

  • Kevin @ Closet Cooking says:

    I am definitely into anything with spicy grilled shrimp especially when combined with cool and and creamy avocado like this!

  • Deborah says:

    Loving this – especially the addition of the chickpeas!

  • Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain says:

    Oh, my goodness! I seriously want to dive head first into this salad! Gorgeous and perfect for the 4th!

  • marla says:

    Love quinoa & shrimp…a great meal!

  • Sommer @ ASpicyPerspective says:

    This looks delicious, Julie!

  • Gaby says:

    I am SO into this salad! Sounds like it would be a flavor explosion in my mouth :)

  • cassie says:

    The flavors of this shrimp have me drooling! Love the quinoa salad too!

  • Jackie says:

    Perfect clean-eating-but-youd-never-know-it meal! Tasty enough to be a cheat meal :)

  • Laura (Tutti Dolci) says:

    I love grilled shrimp, this is one fab salad!

  • Marian (Sweetopia) says:

    I’m so craving this right now!

  • Kiran @ KiranTarun.com says:

    Delish! Especially when it involves spicy grilled to perfection, shrimps :)

  • Ali | Gimme Some Oven says:

    I am obsessed with grilling shrimp this summer! This salad looks right up my alley. :)

  • Mr. & Mrs. P says:

    What a great meal and its healthy too!!! The spicy grill shrimp look delicious!

  • Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. says:

    I hate when my diet plans go astray, lol! This looks like such a great meal to get you back on track!

  • Desiree says:

    I made the quinoa salad part of this last night for dinner and it was absolutely delish, except the instructions for the quinoa salad dressing call for 1 tsp of salt, but it should be 1/4 tsp… mine came out a tad salty, but it was still definitely edible!!

    • Julie says:

      So glad you enjoyed! Thanks for the feedback, Desiree!

  • Nutmeg Nanny says:

    Oh wow, this recipe is so perfect! My husband will love this, spicy shrimp are one of his favorites :)

  • Gaby Dalkin says:

    Looks DELISH for summer! The shrimp look awesome!

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