Light and Healthy Mango Quinoa Salad with Shrimp

May 30, 2012

Mango quinoa salad with shrimp is a light and healthy summer meal.  Red quinoa (you can use any kind that is available to you) is cooked in a mixture of stock, mango nectar, and fresh lime juice. Each individual seed is filled with these bright flavors.  It is then tossed in a dressing that reflects those same seasonings and some crunchy veggies.  The shrimp are simply sauteed with garlic and red pepper flakes (this can also be done with a firm fish or chicken).  Mango quinoa salad may be low in calories but is packed with bold flavors.

Mango Quinoa Salad with Shrimp

1 cup red quinoa
2 cups vegetable stock or water
1 tablespoon lime juice
2 tablespoons mango nectar
1 tablespoon butter

1 small jicama
2 mangoes
1 jalapeno
1/4 cup mango nectar
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 teaspoons red chili paste
2 limes, juiced
1 pound shrimp
Rinse quinoa and add to small saucepan with 1 tbs butter and toast over medium heat, stirring often, until it crackles and becomes aromatic, 4 to 6 minutes. Add stock, lime juice and mango nectar and bring to a simmer; reduce heat to maintain a simmer. Cover and cook until the quinoa is tender and the liquid has been absorbed, 15 to 20 minutes.
Dice onion, jicama, mangoes, bell pepper and jalapeno. Put in large bowl and add cilantro.
Meanwhile sauté shrimp with garlic, salt, pepper and red pepper. Cook until light pink and no longer translucent.
Whisk mango nectar, vinegar, oil, ginger, salt and chili in a medium bowl. Add vegetables, cooked quinoa and shrimp. Toss, serve and enjoy!

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