February Fitness Challenge Salad

So……I am doing this great fitness program with my friend, Shannon, and I wanted to make a super healthy salad I could serve my family, myself and also to share with the other ladies in the February Fitness Challenge. I decided that shrimp was to be my protein of choice (and a little feta) and just kind of added healthy foods and “superfoods” to my salad bowl until it looked exactly as I had imagined. I also made a healthy Orange Vinaigrette to go with it. Quite honestly, I loved the dressing but a squeeze of lemon on this would have been just as good. So there you have it…a delicious, healthy, guilt-free dinner you can serve the entire family. And the bonus is…you can make it ahead of time, because it is just as delicious room temperature as it is with warm quinoa! Enjoy and here is to a Healthy February! CHEERS! (insert “clink” sound here…no champagne, water, ladies!)

Healthy, guilt-free and oh, so delicious!!!

Healthy, guilt-free and oh, so delicious!!!

February Fitness Salad

***feel free to add some kale, spinach, walnuts***

1 lb. shrimp, tails off, broiled with salt-free seasoning salt

1/2 c. dried quinoa, cooked in 1 cup low sodium broth

1/3 cup red onion, diced in 1/4 inch pieces

1 red bell pepper, diced in 1/2 inch pieces

1 cucumber, diced into 1/2 inch pieces

1 orange, peeled, segmented, pieces cut in half

1 avocado, chopped into 1/2″ pieces

1 c. corn (thawed if frozen)

1 cup pomegranate seeds (I get the ones at Costco)

1 can kidney beans, rinsed and drained

1 can black beans, rinsed and drained

1 can mandarines, drained

feta cheese, crumbled

1/4 cup total chopped fresh parsley and basil (or herbs of your choice)

salt and pepper (optional)

Orange Vinaigrette

3 Tbs. fresh orange juice and the zest of one orange

2 Tbs. fresh lemon juice

2 garlic cloves, minced

1 tsp honey

2 Tbs. Dijon mustard

1/2 tsp sea salt

1/4 tsp pepper

4 Tbs. olive oil (light-colored, if you have it)

The Salad: Combine all salad ingredients in a large bowl.

The Dressing: Make the salad dressing a bit ahead of time if you can to allow the flavors to meld.

Pour the dressing onto the salad when time to serve, then mix to combine. Place the shrimp on top of the salad and serve.

What did I love about this recipe? I honestly loved every thing about this…it was so good. My family loved it. It was so healthy and I felt  guilt-free enjoying it! I will definitely make this again soon!

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