Grilled shrimp, raw zucchini noodles and crisp vegetables all drizzled with an intensely flavourful sesame miso vinaigrette make this Fresh Veggie and Grilled Shrimp Zoodle Bowl a nutritious lunch or a light dinner.
I’d like to say that I’m one of those super-organized cooks who plans meals a week in advance and shops with a comprehensive grocery list. But I’m just not, and never have been. Most of the time, I just fly by the seat of my pants and wing it. I often find inspiration for my meals while browsing through the produce section. This Fresh Veggie and Grilled Shrimp Zoodle Bowl resulted when I spotted a beautiful head of chartreuse-coloured Romanesco broccoli and I knew I just had to have it.
While shopping, I remembered I had a couple of those spectacular watermelon radishes in my fridge, and so I decided on a spring green and pink theme for dinner. While it sounds like a beautiful redecorating project for a bedroom, it resulted in a colourful and appetizing dinner. I added asparagus, zucchini noodles, fresh shrimp, green onions and a few cashews for a little extra crunch and our power bowl supper was born.
I had some Sesame Miso Vinaigrette left over after making this Asparagus Salad with Smoked Salmon on the weekend. It gave this meal-in-a-bowl some warm umami flavours and was the perfect choice to tie it all together.
If you haven’t tried Romanesco before, look for it soon. It is milder than broccoli and it looks similar to cauliflower, but has a more delicate flavour. Most interesting to me, and maybe to you if you’re a math nerd, is that the spirals of florets on a head of Romanesco form a natural fractal, growing in a pattern that repeats itself and looks the same at every scale. This repeating pattern is a spiral based on the Fibonacci sequence. If you remember your high school math, a Fibonacci sequence is one in which every number after the first two is the sum of the two preceding ones: 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, 55, 89 and so on.
But I digress. While it’s fun to examine a head of this beautiful vegetable and marvel how math is found in nature, it’s even better to enjoy its crunchy texture and mild nutty flavour.
And speaking of delicate flavours, watermelon radishes add colour and crunch to a salad, too. I love that they seem so plain and unremarkable until you slice into their spectacular interior! I spiral cut a zucchini with my spiralizer to make a bed of raw noodles, added some lightly blanched asparagus spears along with the romanesco broccoli, and chose sustainable local side-stripe shrimp to complete this paleo shrimp zoodle bowl.
So if you see something that catches your eye next time you’re shopping, act on a whim, pick it up, and create a healthy zoodle bowl for your lunch or dinner!
Fresh Veggie and Shrimp Zoodle Bowl
Zoodle Bowl Ingredients
- 3/4 lb. shrimp or prawns, peeled, tails left on
- 1 cup Romanesco broccoli florets
- 8 spears fresh asparagus, trimmed
- 1 medium zucchini, spiralized
- 1/2 cup cashews, toasted
- 6 - 8 slices watermelon radishes
Sesame Miso Vinaigrette
- 1 tbsp sesame seeds
- 2 tbsp white miso
- 2 tbsp toasted sesame oil or regular sesame oil
- 1/2 cup rice vinegar
- 6 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 tbsp honey
- 1/2 tsp sea salt
- Blanch Romanesco broccoli florets and asparagus first. Place in a pot of boiling water for 2 minutes, or just until they turn bright green and have softened slightly. Remove from boiling water and immediately transfer to a bowl of ice water. When completely cool, remove and pat dry.
- Cook shrimp or prawns on a grill or on the stovetop for 2 minutes on each side or just until no longer translucent.
- Arrange ingredients in a bowl and drizzle with Sesame Miso Vinaigrette.
Sesame Miso Vinaigrette
- Toast sesame seeds in a small skillet over medium heat, shaking the pan frequently to prevent burning. When they just begin to darken and become fragrant, remove from heat immediately and transfer to a small plate to cool.In a small jar, whisk the remaining ingredients until well combined.Add the toasted sesame seeds.
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