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  • Writer's pictureLisa Smith

Healthy Quinoa Salad Recipe

Updated: Oct 2, 2023


healthy quinoa salad in blue bowl

Quinoa Salad with Grilled Chicken and Avocado


This quinoa salad recipe is great for lunch or dinner, it's packed with nutritious ingredients.


Quinoa is a seed with a nutty flavour that's quick and easy to prepare. It's a good source of protein and fibre, while chicken provides lean protein.


Avocado adds healthy fats, and the vegetables provide an array of vitamins and minerals. It's a balanced and satisfying meal that supports hormone health.


Healthy Quinoa Salad Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup quinoa

  • 2 cups water

  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts

  • 1 large avocado, sliced

  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved

  • 1 cup cucumber, diced

  • 1/4 cup red onion, finely chopped

  • 1/4 cup fresh coriander, chopped

  • Juice of 1 lemon

  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions:

  1. Rinse the quinoa under cold water to remove any bitter coating. In a medium saucepan, bring the water to a boil. Add the quinoa, reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for about 15 minutes or until the water is absorbed and the quinoa is cooked. Remove from heat and let it cool.

  2. Preheat your grill over medium-high heat. Season the chicken breasts with salt and pepper. Grill the chicken for about 6-7 minutes on each side or until cooked through. Remove from heat and let it rest for a few minutes before slicing into thin strips.

  3. In a large bowl, combine the cooked quinoa, grilled chicken strips, avocado slices, cherry tomatoes, cucumber, red onion, and coriander.

  4. In a small bowl, whisk together the lemon juice, extra virgin olive oil, salt, and pepper. Pour the dressing over the salad ingredients and gently toss to combine.

  5. Serve the quinoa salad immediately or refrigerate for a couple of hours to let the flavours mingle together. Add some interesting toppings such as roasted chickpeas, herbs or finely chopped red onion. Enjoy!


Note: Feel free to modify the recipe according to personal preferences and dietary restrictions. It can be adapted to vegetarian or vegan diets, just add your favourite meat substitute.


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