Monday, July 25

Farmers' Market Inspired Meal: Quinoa and Shrimp with Fresh Corn and Cherry Tomatoes

Quinoa and Shrimp with Fresh Corn and Cherry Tomatoes

The farmers' market in July is bursting with inspiration -- there are shiny vine-ripened watermelons, plump ears of yellow sweet corn, regal, midnight black eggplants, and sassy, tart green tomatoes. So many dazzling colors and shapes and textures and fragrances make your head dizzy (though that could be the summer heat).

So when I returned home this past Saturday from the farmers' market, I surveyed my finds and immediately thought: OK, it's gotta be something with sweet corn and cherry tomatoes, because they go together like milk and sugar. And what's summertime corn without some fat shrimp and sweet basil? The result: It tasted like a breezy, blue-skied, July day.

How about you? What types of farmers' market-inspired meals have you been making?

Quinoa and Shrimp with Fresh Corn and Cherry Tomatoes
Makes 4 side or 2 main servings
Printable recipe.

1/2 cup dry quinoa
2 cups water

1 tablespoon, plus 2 teaspoons olive oil, divided
The juice of 1 lemon (about 1 1/2 tablespoons)
1/8 teaspoon salt (or more if you prefer it saltier)
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

1/2 cup diced red onion
8 extra-large shrimp, peeled and de-veined
1 ear of sweet corn, kernels cut off from cob
1 cup halved cherry or grape tomatoes
2 tablespoons fresh finely chopped basil

1. Bring quinoa and water to a boil in a small saucepan over high heat. Reduce, partially cover, until the water is absorbed, about 15 minutes. The quinoa will be done when it turns partially white and the spiral-like germ of the grain is visible.

2. In a small bowl, whisk 2 teaspoons olive oil, lemon juice, salt, and cayenne pepper. Set aside.

3. In a large skillet over medium-high heat, add remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil. Add onions and saute 2-3 minutes, just until wilted. Add shrimp and saute until they turn bright red and are lightly browned on the edges. Add the corn and tomatoes, and heat through for 2-3 minutes, just until the tomatoes begin to wrinkle.

4. Add cooked quinoa directly into the skillet and toss with the shrimp mixture. Add the basil and the olive oil and lemon juice mixture. Toss gently. Serve hot or at room temperature.

You might also enjoy these healthy grain recipes:
Red Quinoa Salad recipe from Kitchen Parade
Warm Barley and Fennel Salad recipe from Food Blogga
Tilapia and Quinoa with Feta and Cucumbers recipe from Shutterbean
Farro with Kale, Tomatoes, and Fresh Mozzarella recipe from Stephen Cooks
Fruity Farro Salad with Lemon Chicken recipe from London Foodie in New York
Shrimp, Pineapple, and 7 Whole Grain Pilaf Salad recipe from Food Blogga

P.S. Congratulations to Diana H of Cookerati! You won the copy of the I Love Trader Joe's College Cookbook! Thank you to everyone who participated. There will be many more give-aways to come.


Mostly Food and Crafts said...

This sounds great! I can't wait to give it a try.

Mary W said...

I try very hard not to buy anything but fruit at my farmers' market. I have plenty of veg in my backyard. No corn unfortunately.

My cucumbers, tomatoes, green beans and basil can combine in so many ways for salads and pasta. Throw in a bit of feta or mozzarella and it's a meal.

My favorite at the moment is to quickly blanch and then cool green beans and dress with homemade lime vinaigrette (heavy on lime, light on EVOO). Add chopped cucumbers or tomatoes or basil or feta or all of the above. Yummmm

Jim said...

Ok so this looks amazing. I'm going to have to make it sometime!

Unknown said...

Literally JUST made this for dinner minus the shrimp, with red quinoa. Holy Moly. It is DELICIOUS!

Danielle Omar said...

This dish is the perfect use for shrimp and quinoa! Looks delish!

Susan from Food Blogga said...

danielle-I hope you do.

mary-You're lucky. I don't have a yard, but I'm fortunate to have beautiful farmers' markets. I agree. I cukes, tomatoes and green beans are three of my all-time favorites. Lately, I've been roasting the string beans, then tossing in chopped tomatoes, and drizzling with lemon and olive oil. I've got to try your lime vinaigrette with the tomatoes and cukes. I might toss some jicama in there too. Thanks for the thoughtful comment!

jim-You are!

tinydancer-Yay! I'm so happy you liked it. I too love red quinoa, but I haven't been able to find it lately. I may have to get it online.

Nat said...

Long-time reader, first time commenter. THANK YOU for this recipe. I was looking for inspiration for tonight's dinner and of course you came through. Just happen to have all these ingredients on hand.
Oh, and we moved from San Diego about a year ago and miss it terribly. Thanks for the little nuggets you provide that remind me of home.

shutterbean said...

Thanks for the link!! Wow, your quinoa looks fantastic!! And soo summery too!

Magic of Spice said...

I am a farmers' market crazed person! Great and refreshing summer salad :)

Susan from Food Blogga said...

nat-Thank you so much for commenting! It's a warm crowd here, so I hope you'll be back. I would miss SD terribly too, so I'm happy to share some nuggets with you anytime. I know that when readers from RI do that for me, it just makes my day.

shutterbean-My pleasure!

magicofspice-That's the best kind!

Culinary Adventures said...

That looks really delicious! Can't wait to try it :0)

Mostly Food and Crafts said...

I wanted to let you know that I featured this on my "What I Bookmarked This Week" post - stop by and see!

Susan from Food Blogga said...

culinaryadventures-Thank you!

danielle-I really appreciate it. Thank you so much! I tried to leave a comment, but I couldn't find a comment box.

Figs and Artichokes said...

So I was one of your winners of your cookbook before fathers day and have not gotten my book. I sent you an email with my mailing there a problem, please let me know.

Deliciously Organic said...

I love this dish! Yesterday I poured vodka into several mason jars, threw in loads of fresh berries from the market and left them to infuse. It's not so much a "recipe" as a sweet indulgence.

Scott at Real Epicurean said...

My farmers' market soup would involve me taking all your money and selling you a lot of stuff you don't really need.

Only joking, this soup looks great!

Susan from Food Blogga said...

figs&artichokes-I never received an email from you. I just emailed you. Please send me your name and address, and I'll send you a book. Thanks for letting me know.

carrie-Sweet damn, that sounds good!

scott-Hmmm? Soup. I'm confused. said...

This looks absolutely delicious and so colorful too. I haven't tried quinoa yet but it's been on my mind and your recipe and picture has inspired me to make this.

We Are Not Martha said...

Quinoa and shrimp are two of my favorite ingredients and this dish looks so pretty and summery! The tomatoes look luscious :)


Gwen said...

Sadly, I have not been to the farmer's market since temps reached 110F. I doubt there even open during the summer here in Phx. unless it's a cacti marked. ;)
Honestly Susan, I am making this for dinner next week if I can wait that long! just perfect!

ChichaJo said...

This looks amazing! It's raining over here (really horrible weather) but I would love to have a bowl of this!

Belinda Y. Hughes said...

Gonna try this with crawfish and see how it comes out. Sounds awesome!

Diane Schmidt said...

Looks wonderful
You are going to laugh at me, I haven't had quinoa before, can hardly pronounce it :) LOL! will have to give it a try you make it look wonderful

Maia said...

I can only imagine the fresh textures and flavors in this dish. Thanks for sharing!

The Teacher Cooks said...

Right now I am loving the corn and tomatoes and I love your recipe with the shrimp. What a great additions.

Stacey Snacks said...

I am always looking for good salads for quinoa and this one looks delish!

Anonymous said...

wowwwwwwwwwwww!!!!!!!!!!!! beautifully made with great care the wonderful presentation and the lovely step by step demo. very innovative

Eager Hands said...

Thank you! I'm looking forward to trying this!

Eager Hands said...

Thank you! I'm looking forward to trying this!
I just made a salad last week with fresh corn kernels, black beans, colored bell peppers, cucumbers, onion and dill.

stampedconcrete said...

this sounds so delicious .. thanks for sharing .. i love it ..

Anonymous said...

I made this recipe and it was delicious.