Charred Shrimp & Pesto Buddha Bowls

Charred Shrimp & Pesto Buddha Bowls

1 Review
From:, June 2019

These shrimp and pesto Buddha bowls are delicious, healthy, pretty and take less than 30 minutes to prep. In other words, they're basically the ultimate easy weeknight dinner. Feel free to add additional vegetables and swap the shrimp for chicken, steak, tofu or edamame.

Ingredients 4 servings

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  • ⅓ cup prepared pesto
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground pepper
  • 1 pound peeled and deveined large shrimp (16-20 count), patted dry
  • 4 cups arugula
  • 2 cups cooked quinoa
  • 1 cup halved cherry tomatoes
  • 1 avocado, diced


  • Prep

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  1. Whisk pesto, vinegar, oil, salt and pepper in a large bowl. Remove 4 tablespoons of the mixture to a small bowl; set both bowls aside.
  2. Heat a large cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat. Add shrimp and cook, stirring, until just cooked through with a slight char, 4 to 5 minutes. Remove to a plate.
  3. Add arugula and quinoa to the large bowl with the vinaigrette and toss to coat. Divide the arugula mixture between 4 bowls. Top with tomatoes, avocado and shrimp. Drizzle each bowl with 1 tablespoon of the reserved pesto mixture.
  • To make ahead: Cover and refrigerate dressing (Step 1) for up to 2 days.

Nutrition information

  • Serving size: 2½ cups
  • Per serving: 429 calories; 22 g fat(4 g sat); 7 g fiber; 29 g carbohydrates; 31 g protein; 109 mcg folate; 188 mg cholesterol; 5 g sugars; 0 g added sugars; 1,126 IU vitamin A; 14 mg vitamin C; 205 mg calcium; 3 mg iron; 571 mg sodium; 901 mg potassium
  • Nutrition Bonus: Folate (27% daily value), Vitamin A (23% dv), Vitamin C (23% dv), Calcium (20% dv)
  • Carbohydrate Servings: 2
  • Exchanges: 4 fat, 3 lean protein, 1½ starch, ½ vegetable

Reviews 1

August 12, 2019
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By: Regina Gower
This meal is so easy and so good. I added fresh squeezed lemon to shrimp and fresh chopped cucumbers from my garden!
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