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.

Carolyn Casner
Source:, June 2019


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 Facts

429 calories; protein 30.9g 62% DV; carbohydrates 29.3g 9% DV; dietary fiber 7.2g 29% DV; sugars 5g; fat 22g 34% DV; saturated fat 3.6g 18% DV; cholesterol 187.5mg 63% DV; vitamin a iu 1125.6IU 23% DV; vitamin c 14.4mg 24% DV; folate 108.9mcg 27% DV; calcium 205.4mg 21% DV; iron 2.9mg 16% DV; magnesium 130.5mg 47% DV; potassium 901.1mg 25% DV; sodium 571.4mg 23% DV; thiamin 0.2mg 16% DV.

Reviews (2)

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  • 5 star values: 2
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Rating: 5 stars
This meal is so easy and so good. I added fresh squeezed lemon to shrimp and fresh chopped cucumbers from my garden! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
I made this with broiled tilapia instead of shrimp because that's what I had. I added a can of chickpeas and squeezed fresh lime over the top. It tasted really fresh and delicious. I'm looking forward to trying it again this time with shrimp. Read More
Rating: 1 stars
This was not great. Could have been the basil pesto I chose. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Delicious and very easy to make. My family loved it as well. This is a keeper! Read More