Chicken Quinoa Salad

Have you tried Quinoa?

If the answer is no, what are you waiting for?

Quinoa Chicken Salad 1 recipe

Once cooked, quinoa tastes and has the texture of teeny tiny pasta.  There as so many recipes in which you could exchange quinoa for the rice or pasta.

Many years ago, the first time I tried quinoa, I was at a luncheon held at a hotel, we were served quinoa as a side dish to the usual boring chicken.  I was so delighted by the unusual side dish I asked every waiter and waitress what it was, none knew {most of them took guesses}.  The wait staff got so tired of me asking what is was, they sent the chef out to me.  He was very kind, told me it was quinoa and wrote the recipe down for me.  One day soon I will share that recipe with you.

Quinoa Chicken Salad recipe at its all about the yummy

Quinoa, is known as a superfood and is gluten free.  There are many health benefits to eating this ancient grain.  Quinoa was discovered by the Incas, they described it as the mother of all grains. There are hundreds of types of quinoa, although the most common types found in grocery stores are the white, black and red colored.  See more info on the health benefits of quinoa here.

Its all about the yummy Quinoa Chicken Salad

 Just last night I made one of my stand by I don’t know what to make for dinner, dinners, but I swapped out the white rice for…you guessed it, quinoa.  Handsome loved it!  The great thing about this recipe; last night I served it warm, right off the stove, and today I ate it cold right out of the refrigerator, no really, I was standing with the refrigerator door open eating it out of the tupperware, and it was delicious!

recipe for a delicious Quinoa Chicken Salad 4

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Chicken Quinoa Salad
  • 1 lb boneless skinless chicken breast
  • 2 cups uncooked quinoa
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 large cucumber chopped into small pieces
  • 2 cups cherry tomatoes, quartered
  • 1 large red bell pepper, chopped into small pieces
  • ½ Medium red onion, chopped into small pieces
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • For The Dressing
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • ¼ cup red wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • ¼ teaspoon oregano
  • ⅛ teaspoon worcestershire
  1. Bring a large pot of water to boil. Place the chicken breast into the boiling water. Simmer for 30 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through. Place chicken on a plate to cool. Once the chicken is cool enough to handle, cut the chicken into medium size chunks. Set aside.
  2. Cook quinoa according to package directions. Make sure to salt the water, just like pasta, this is your only chance to flavor the quinoa.
  3. To Prepare The Vinaigrette
  4. Whisk all ingredients together in a small bowl and set aside.
  5. Once quinoa is cooked, add it to a large bowl along with the cooked chicken, cucumber, tomatoes, bell pepper, red onion, and the parsley and gently fold the ingredients together.
  6. Pour the dressing over the ingredients and gently toss until all is coated with dressing.

The best thing about this chicken quinoa?  It taste great hot or cold!

Quinoa Chicken



  1. Marshell says:

    We’ve made this multiple times and it’s always really good! Pretty filling but doesn’t weigh you down the rest of the day. Some variations we have been doing are swapping Garbanzo beans for the chicken and letting them marinate in the vinaigrette while we prep the rest of the meal, and then adding lots of mint and cilantro.

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