Quinoa, Shrimp and Chimichurri Salad

by Erica Dinho on May 20, 2013

Quinoa, Shrimp and Chimichurri Salad

The Creative Cooking Crew this month is going to a “virtual picnic” and I’m bringing a delicious and simple Quinoa, Shrimp and Chimichurri Salad.

When I found out that the challenge for this month was a picnic dish, I knew I would make something fresh and simple, but full of flavor. This Quinoa salad was the perfect dish for the challenge. It is absolutely delicious and is sure to be a crowd pleaser at your Memorial Day picnic!

Quinoa, Shrimp and Chimichurri Salad

This Quinoa, Shrimp and Chimichurri Salad comes together in just a few minutes, but makes an impression that lasts. It is great for entertaining large groups or even for an easy weeknight dinner or lunch! If you don’t like shrimp, feel free to replace it for diced cooked chicken or steak, either way you’re going to love it!

Quinoa, Shrimp and Chimichurri Salad

Please visit Foodalogue on May 22 for a list of wonderful ideas from the group for your Memorial Day picnic.




(4-6 servings)


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 cups of quinoa
  • 4 cups of water
  • Salt
  • Salad

  • 2 cups grape tomatoes, quarter
  • 1 pound cooked shrimp
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1/2 cup of chimichurri sauce

Quinoa, Shrimp and Chimichurri Salad


  1. Wash the quinoa in a fine strainer. Place the water, salt and quinoa in a medium pot and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer until water is absorbed, about 20 minutes.
  2. In a medium bowl mix all the salad ingredients and set aside. Toss the cooked quinoa with the rest of the ingredients and serve.
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{ 15 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Shannon May 20, 2013 at 10:49 AM

i absolutely love chimichurri, so i’m all over this salad!! especially when served in a ball jar :)


2 Joan Nova May 20, 2013 at 12:04 PM

I’ve been using quinoa a lot lately and agree that it’s a perfect picnic food — light but satisfying, easy to transport, stays well, and delicious especially with shrimp and a chimichurri sauce. <must try!


3 Faith May 20, 2013 at 12:18 PM

Great use for chimichurri sauce, Erica! This beautiful dish looks so flavorful!!


4 Belinda @zomppa May 20, 2013 at 4:52 PM

I think this is definitely going to show up this summer.


5 Evelyne@cheapethniceatz May 20, 2013 at 7:22 PM

Erica your salad looks amazing, I want some now. I have bean on a quinoa kick too. Great sauce.


6 Jeannie May 20, 2013 at 9:16 PM

Mmmm…this salad sure looks delicious! I have not tried cooking quinoa yet but I heard that they are full of goodness!


7 angela@spinachtiger May 21, 2013 at 4:29 PM

Everything about this makes me happy. I love fresh food, jar food, quinoa, avocado, shrimp. You nailed it. Healthy, happy and WHOLE.


8 Norma - Platanos, Mangoes and Me! May 22, 2013 at 9:56 AM

I would definitely dig into this Erica…all looks so delicious…and in a jar too!


9 Victoria May 22, 2013 at 12:18 PM

I’ve been looking for interesting ways to use quinoa and this salad definitely hits the mark! This would be great any time, but especially outdoors on a beautiful day :)


10 Jenn and Seth May 23, 2013 at 12:00 AM

i love that you put these in mason jars! so cute! and this salad sounds so refreshing and delicious!!


11 nusrat2010 May 23, 2013 at 9:17 AM

Who wouldn’t fall in love with that sunshine-y, happy, pretty salad? ..Serving them in the jar is a lovely idea indeed.
Beautiful, flawless photos :)


12 La Diva Cucina May 23, 2013 at 4:26 PM

This looks simple and delicious. I like the idea of a meal in one salad. Quinoa is the new couscous!


13 Laz May 23, 2013 at 7:51 PM

We both thought about shrimp. Love the execution of flavors.


14 Lori Lynn May 25, 2013 at 10:52 AM

I do love it. Especially served in a jar. Just perfect for our picnic!!


15 deana May 25, 2013 at 1:19 PM

Looks like we both had spicy salads on the brain for this… I love spice at picnics.
Quinoa and chimichurri are brilliant together. This is one I will make for summer for sure and a great addition to the picnic.


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