Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Superfood Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette

As soon as I saw this recipe on Pinterest I knew I had to make it. Then I saw on WayWay's blog that she made it with raving reviews, so I knew it was gonna be fabulous. This is a quick and easy weeknight meal filled with so many healthy foods. Even the hubs who snubbed it because there was quinoa in it, absolutely loved it. He ate two bowls and then took the rest for lunch the next day. I promise you are going to love this dish. It is filled with so many flavors that mesh together seamlessly. "Try it , You Might Like it." For those of you familiar with Yo Gabba Gabba you know what I am talking about- that song haunts me. Bon Appetit!

(This is the picture from Pinterest, a little prettier than mine)

Superfood Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette


1/2 cup dry quinoa

1/3 cup red onion, chopped

1 orange, peeled and segments chopped

1 avocado, chopped

1 cup canned black beans, rinsed and drained

1 cup pomegranate arils (about 1 pomegranate worth)

1 cup frozen corn, thawed

1/3 cup cilantro, chopped

salt & pepper

For the Lemon Vinaigrette:

2 lemons, juiced (need 1/4 cup juice)

2 garlic cloves, microplaned or finely minced

dash of sweetener (agave nectar, stevia or white sugar)

salt & pepper

6 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil


1. Cook quinoa according to package directions. Set aside to cool.

2. For the Lemon Vinaigrette: combine all ingredients in a jar with a tight fitting lid, and shake to combine. Or, add lemon juice, garlic, sweetener, salt and pepper into a small bowl and whisk in oil.

3. Combine cooled quinoa with red onion, orange segments, avocado, beans, pomegranate arils, corn, cilantro, salt and pepper. Pour Lemon Vinaigrette over the salad and stir to combine. Serve cold or at room temperature.

** I didn't use the pomegranate seeds and also didn't use any sweetener in my dressing. I added sauteed mushrooms per WayWay's recommendation. We marinated the shrimp in olive oil, salt and pepper, and lots of Siracha hot sauce, also WayWay's recommendation. It really gave the shrimp amazing flavor- I highly recommend you marinate them the same way.) **
You can view the original Recipe and print it HERE


Jenna said...

YUM - I love any dish with the word Super Food in it :) I'm trying to eat a lot healthier this year, so this will be a must try!


Liz said...

I need to try that! I love meals in a bowl (weird, I know). Did Sterling eat it too? Not sure how old kids have to be before they eat shelfish. Have a good one!

Sarah said...

I love quinoa. There is another recipe floating around Pinterest that is simliar - more Mexican flavors - and very tasty.

Portuguese Prepster said...

sounds beyond delish!

Jill said...

I saw yesterday on pinterest your bacon double cheeseburger dip!! OMG that looks amazing, I am making it Sunday for a little party.

Oh how I wish I like seafood!!

Melissa W. said...

I made this dish Monday night and it was wonderful! Did not use fruit (except lemon). I doubled the recipe and had it again last night as leftovers and used seared scallops instead of shrimp and it was delish!

Katie {Miss Dixie} said...

This looks amazing- I posted a quinoa burger recipe today that I have made twice now and love. It does not disappoint!

Julia Ryan said...

okay, just put this on my list of dinners for Matthew to cook for me!

Shannon Marie said...

I'm a new follower! :) Yum that looks delicious- definitely something I'll have to try this weekend. Thanks for the inspiration! xo

Chassity (Look Linger Love) said...

Looks pretty good to me. Love that Matt ate it all up after dissing it.

The Peak of Tres Chic said...

OMG I am so glad you posted this! I am throwing a dinner party this spring and am looking for fun and interesting recipes. Yummmm!



natasha {schue love} said...

OMG, I'm loving anything with shrimp right now! This looks delish!!

Unknown said...

Yum! I need to add more recipes like this to my daily life!

H.G. The Countess said...

YUM, I pinned this too and I think I will make it tonight with your recs.

Hannah said...

You always have fantastic recipes!!

Kate @ Daffodils said...

o I might have to try this dish this week. Looks so good!

Patty [PRETTYGROUNDED] said...

This looks delicious! I'm on a low carb diet so this would be perfect. Maybe I'll make it for date night with my sweetheart this weekend?

Following! Thanks for sharing.

Patty :) #PrettyGrounded

Unknown said...

Love LOVE this. All my favorite ingredients packed into one dish is my kind of food.

Chicago Mom (Heather) said...

That sounds soooo good!

Taylor said...

Looks delicious! Pinterest (and your food pins in particular) are always making we wish I had the time (and the grocery budget) to cook something new every night!

Val said...

Holy guacamole....I'm in love with this recipe. A deep love.

Yelena Starikova said...

This looks really yumm!! Gonna make it!!)


blue chickadee said...

I'm catching up on all my blogs!!! Wasn't this delicious!!! I will definitely be making it again!!! Hope y'all have a great weekend!