Appetizers and Cold Quinoa & Shrimp Salad

July 23, 2009 at 12:03 am | Posted in Uncategorized | 5 Comments

We had James’ sister and her boyfriend over for dinner the other night for some delish Roasted Vegetable Sandwiches! I didn’t get pictures of our actual feast but I got some pictures of the apps and a cold Quinoa and shrimp salad I made.

I set out some different apps to start off with including Mediterranean Hummus from TJ’s which was awesome – I just love the texture of it!  They need to make industrial sized containers. 


We also had some olives and peppahs that we got from the olive bar at the grocery store (way cheaper then buying them in jars). The other stuff is pretty easily indentifiable: celery, carrots, cucumbers pickles!


No appetizer spread is complete without hummus and accompanying carbs


I also made a cold shrimp quinoa salad. I have to say, James was VERY skeptical of me making this. He basically thought it was going to taste like crap and even said it wasn’t good when I first made it! But after it was on the table and our guests tried it and loved it he came around 😉


  • Sauteed shrimp
  • 1 cup dry quinoa, prepared
  • 1/2 red onion, chopped
  • small zucchini chopped
  • small tomato chopped
  • balsamic vinegar (maybe 1/8th c.?? Do it to taste)
  • juice from 1/2 a lemon
    Mix it all together and set it in the fridge for the flavors to dance around with each other. I mixed everything together while the quinoa was still hot and I think that took away some of the crunch of the zucchini (in a good way!). I would definitely make this again! In fact I’m planning to make some on Sunday to take to lunch with me for the week (maybe minus the shrimpy to cut costs). Can you think of veg protein source that would go well in here?? Maybe some chick peas?


And of course Toby was the life of the party


What’s your favorite thing to make for dinner when guests come over?  The roasted veggie sandwiches were a HUGE hit! And so easy to put together! Perfect for a summer feast.


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  1. Mmmm that salad looks yummy! Yes, chick peas or maybe lentils???? Dunno, I actually have never cooked with lentils I just have them on the brain b/c there are some sitting in my cupboard waiting to be cooked…

  2. Lovely spread. I have the same hubby – well, he poo poos vegi/vegan options, then decides he likes. 🙂 I also have a Golden, Shadow, who is just the best. Toby and he would get along famously. I would sub beans for sure, garbanzos are lovely. And, tempeh has great possibilities too. Thanks for the great recipe ideas!

  3. I would say chickpeas or maybe even some cashews or almonds? Actually, I just did a search online and apparently they make mock shrimp! Here’s a link:

  4. I just want to kiss that sweet little wet nose! 🙂

    Those apps look fabulous – and I love the cold quinoa idea!!!!!

  5. I love Toby!!

    And I want to visit your house for dinner! I love your quinoa mix, too! So easy!

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