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Bacon-Wrapped Shrimp with Kale and Quinoa Salad

Healthy Week: Lunches 3 {Bacon-Wrapped Shrimp with Kale and Quinoa Salad and Buttermilk-Parmesan-Peppercorn Dressing}

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  • 20 large shrimp peeled and deveined
  • ~7 slices turkey bacon cut into thirds
  • ½ t extra virgin olive oil
  • couple pinches each kosher salt fresh cracked pepper, and Old Bay
  • cooking spray
  • ½ c red quinoa
  • 1 bunch kale ribs removed and leaves chopped
  • 1 yellow bell pepper seeded and cut into bite-sized pieces

Buttermilk-Parmesan-Peppercorn Dressing

  • cup low-fat buttermilk well shaken
  • 2 T light mayonnaise
  • 2 t cider vinegar
  • 1 t Dijon mustard
  • 1 small clove garlic minced
  • ¼ t kosher salt
  • ¼ t fresh cracked pepper setting the grinder loose for a larger grind
  • 2 T heaping freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano


  • Fill a large pot half full with water. Bring to a boil. Add the quinoa and boil 15 minutes. Drain off the water leaving the quinoa in the pot (I use the lid to hold back the quinoa in the pot), replace the lid, and let the quinoa steam another 10 minutes. Fluff with a fork. Cool completely.
  • Toss the shrimp with the olive oil, salt, pepper, and Old Bay. Carefully wrap each shrimp with a piece of bacon and skewer onto a bamboo skewer (alternatively, toothpicks can be used). Spray both sides with cooking spray to help the bacon crisp. Broil a couple inches from the broiler 4-5 minutes per side until bacon is cooked crisp. Cool completely. Toss the cooked quinoa with a little drizzle olive oil and a pinch salt and pepper.
  • To make the dressing, just whisk the dressing ingredients together.
  • To assemble the salads, I use plastic containers to keep the shrimp separate from the veggies until I am ready to eat. In one section, put kale, bell pepper, and quinoa. In the other, put 4 shrimp. In separate, small containers, parse out the salad dressing. Yields: 5 servings.

Calorie count is purely an estimate calculated using an online application to serve as a guide and not to be taken as accurate nutritional information. Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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