I am a big fan of going out to eat.  But sometimes this hobby can be quite damaging to the wallet – can you relate?  So for this get together with friends, I proposed cooking together!  Nothing fancy, just using something that I already had in the refrigerator.  I read off the list to Kellie – mango, shrimp, avocado, quinoa.  That was a pretty good start.  Kellie came over with the rest of the ingredients, and the salad came alive!  Enjoy.  Scroll all the way down to see what we had for dessert – thanks, Anna!


1.5 cups cooked quinoa
12 ounces cooked shrimp, chopped
1 mango, diced
1 avocado, diced
1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
1/3 cup chopped cilantro
1 jalapeno, seeded and minced

2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon cumin
salt and pepper


1. Combine all salad ingredients in a large bowl.
2. Whisk dressing ingredients in a small bowl and pour over the salad.  Gentle toss to combine.
3. Serve with a dollop of sou cream.

Here’s our decadent dessert 🙂