Cilantro Lime Shrimp Quinoa Bowls

Happy Tax Day everyone! I know, I know, it’s not a holiday and probably not a day that you are very happy about, that is unless you are getting a big fat refund check. However, we can be happy that tax season is over and we don’t have to stress about it for another year. To ease your stress for the day I’m sharing a tasty recipe for Cilantro Lime Shrimp Quinoa Bowls!

Cilantro Lime Shrimp Quinoa Bowls | Delicious healthy quinoa bowls full of Southwest and tropical favors! | @reciperunnerIn case you are new to reading Ashley’s blog, my name is Danae and I blog over at Recipe Runner. Today I’m sharing my monthly guest post here on the new and gorgeously improved Spoonful of Flavor! Aren’t you guys just loving Ashley’s new blog design?! It seems only fitting that I share pretty food on such a pretty blog!

Cilantro Lime Shrimp Quinoa Bowls | Delicious healthy quinoa bowls full of Southwest and tropical favors! | @reciperunnerLet’s get down to business and talk about these bowls. If you follow along on Ashley’s blog you may remember a while back when I shared the recipe for Sweet Potato and Black Bean Quinoa Bowls. Everyone seemed to really like those bowls so I thought it was time to come up with another tasty quinoa bowl!

Cilantro Lime Shrimp Quinoa Bowls | Delicious healthy quinoa bowls full of Southwest and tropical favors! | @reciperunnerBowls seems to be really hot right now. How could they not be? Who doesn’t love a big bowl filled with your favorite carbs, proteins, and veggies? Top it off with a delicious sauce or drizzle and you have a the perfect healthy and easy to make lunch or dinner. When it comes to making bowls, the sky is the limit. Southwest, Italian, Greek, Asian, any of them will do! Today we are going a little Southwest with a hint of tropical because the weather is warming up and if you are like me you are craving lighter and fresher food.

Cilantro Lime Shrimp Quinoa Bowls | Delicious healthy quinoa bowls full of Southwest and tropical favors! | @reciperunnerThe main carb in these bowls is the quinoa. I used tri-color or rainbow quinoa because I love the colors, but any quinoa you have will work. The quinoa has lime juice and cilantro added in for extra flavor, because extra flavor means extra good! There are two proteins, shrimp and black beans, so they will keep you full for hours. The shrimp is also full of the cilantro lime flavor because honestly it’s probably one of my favorite flavor combos. Cilantro haters, I’m sorry, but you probably aren’t going to like this dish one bit, come back next month and I’ll make you something cilantroless! The final toppings for these quinoa bowls that makes them out of this world delicious are the mango salsa and the avocado crema. I’m pretty sure I ate half the salsa before it made it into the bowl and that avocado crema…well let’s just say it should be slathered on everything! Let’s all celebrate that tax season is gone for another year and de-stress ourselves with these Cilantro Lime Shrimp Quinoa Bowls!

Yields 4 servings

Cilantro Lime Shrimp Quinoa Bowls

25 minPrep Time

20 minCook Time

45 minTotal Time

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    Cilantro Lime Quinoa
  • 1 cup quinoa, rinsed and drained (I used rainbow quinoa)
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Juice of half a lime
  • 2 tablespoons cilantro, chopped
  • Mango Salsa
  • 2 mangos, peeled and diced
  • 2 tablespoons red onion, diced
  • 1 tablespoon cilantro, chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Cilantro Lime Shrimp
  • 1 pound large shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 2 teaspoon grapeseed oil or other flavorless oil
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • Juice of half a lime
  • 1 tablespoon cilantro, chopped
  • Avocado Crema
  • 1/2 of a ripe avocado, peeled and cubed
  • 1/4 cup plain non fat greek yogurt
  • juice of half a lime
  • 1/4-1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin
  • Other Ingredients
  • 1 can black beans, rinsed and drained


    Cilantro Lime Quinoa
  1. In a medium sized sauce pan bring the quinoa, 1/2 teaspoon of salt, and 2 cups of water to a boil.
  2. Once the quinoa is boiling reduce the heat to medium low, cover with a lid, and let it simmer for 15-20 minutes or until all the liquid is absorbed.
  3. Off the heat stir in the lime juice and cilantro.
  4. Season with more salt if necessary.
  5. Mango Salsa
  6. In a large bowl toss together the diced mangos, red onion, cilantro, chili powder, and salt.
  7. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.
  8. Avocado Crema
  9. In a blender combine all of the ingredients and blend until smooth.
  10. Scoop the crema out into a bowl or put it in a squeeze bottle, cover, and refrigerate until ready to serve.
  11. Cilantro Lime Shrimp
  12. Season the shrimp with salt, pepper, and the cumin.
  13. Heat the oil in a large nonstick or cast iron skillet over medium high heat.
  14. When the skillet is hot add in the shrimp.
  15. Cook the shrimp for about 2 minutes then flip them over and cook the other side for another 1-2 minutes.
  16. At the very end of the cooking squeeze in the juice of half a lime and add in the chopped cilantro.
  17. Assembling the Bowls
  18. Fill each bowl with about 1/2 a cup of the cooked quinoa.
  19. Top the quinoa with a 1/4 of the shrimp, 1/4 of the black beans, and as much mango salsa and avocado cream as desired.
  20. Serve immediately.


Cilantro Lime Shrimp Quinoa Bowls | Delicious healthy quinoa bowls full of Southwest and tropical favors! | @reciperunnerMore Quinoa Recipes You Might Like:

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  1. Meg @ The Housewife in Training Files

    Mmmm! Danae these shrimp bowls have everything I love in them! Cilantro, Lime, shrimp, quinoa and some sweetness! Definitely adding to our ‘to-make’ list soon!

  2. Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness

    UM YES! It’s my first tax day as a blogger so, needless to say, I am in MAJOR need of a good faceplant into these bowls! I love all the flavors here, and that they are healthy to boot! Pinned!

  3. Kelly - Life Made Sweeter

    These bowls are gorgeous, Danae! Love how jam packed they are with all the Southwest and tropical flavors! They look so fresh, healthy and delicious!

  4. Heidi @foodiecrush

    Totally bowled over with this guest post, thanks for the intro to Recipe Runner.

  5. Sues

    This is a gorgeous bowl of deliciousness!!

  6. Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom

    Happy tax day to you two. . love this recipe, Danae!!! LOVE the quinoa bowls!!! so gorgeous! and yes, I LOVE Ashley’s new blog design!

  7. Lori Hart

    This is the perfect spring time dish. Your recipe came over on my Bloglovin feed and I’d love it if you would share it at my Tuesday link party, Tickle My Tastebuds http://bit.ly/1EzwUNk

    • Ashley

      Thanks so much for stopping by, Lori! I will check out your party!

  8. Cyndi - My Kitchen Craze

    What a gorgeous bowl Danae! So healthy and delicious! Love that avocado crema!! PS happy tax day. Glad it’s almost over! 🙂

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  10. Tonia

    Before I was a blogger, tax day meant good things and now it makes me want to cry! I definitely need a bowl of this to make things better.

  11. Mariah @ Mariah's Pleasing Plates

    Danae this shrimp bowls are everything I love and more! Pinned!

  12. Amanda

    This is a bowl of delicious!!!

  13. mira

    Love quinoa bowls and these are gorgeous! Love them, pinned!

  14. Jessica @ Sweet Menu

    Oh I would LOVE to have this for lunch! What a delicious salad bowl, full of goodness! And those photos are showstoppers – gorgeous!

  15. Zainab

    Oh Hi there!! This bowl is just amazing!! Now…can I just have it for lunch tomorrow?

  16. Janice @Kitchen Heals Soul

    Love this idea! I eat almost everything out of bowls with spoons. I often make “burrito bowls” with all the fixings of a healthy burrito but in a giant bowl, and I need to vary it up, as you mentioned, so this is perfect 🙂

  17. Debi @ Surroundings by Debi

    Ashley – Thank you for sharing Danae’s wonderful healthy quinoa bowl. Love the look of your new blog layout too! Thank you for sharing at our Thursday favorite Things Blog Hop!

  18. Shannon

    Danae oh my goodness I think I need this right now! Looks like the perfect summer plate – or bowl I guess would be more accurate! 🙂 We will definitely be trying this recipe!

  19. Carrie @ Curly Crafty Mom

    Shrimp is always so easy to make for dinner and I am always looking for different ways to serve it. This is great and the photos are so pretty! I def. want to make this soon!

  20. AnnMarie

    I am just loving all these “bowl” recipes I am finding. This one is so how my husband and I like to eat! Pinned

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  22. Michelle @ A Dish of Daily Life

    This looks delicious, Ashley! I love anything Mexican. Thanks for sharing it with us at #FoodieFriDIY! Sending some foodie love your way!

  23. Diane

    Gorgeous photos!
    Thanks so much for linking up at #Purebloglove link party! The party begins every Thursday at 8 p.m. and runs through the week end. I’m hosting over at http://www.homemadefoodjunkie.com. We love to see you there!

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  28. McKenzie

    That is one bowl of YUM! Going on my dinner list!

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  32. Sarah

    This looks delicious, but the recipe isn’t posted anywhere! (All other sites link back to this one, and this one doesn’t have it.) Can you please repost?! Thanks!

    • Ashley

      Hi, Sarah! The recipe was unavailable temporarily but is available now. Sorry for the inconvenience!

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