Roasted Chicken Quinoa Salad

This Roasted Chicken Quinoa Salad recipe is an amazing side dish for any meal! It’s guaranteed to satisfy your most intense quinoa cravings.
quinoa salad

Quinoa Salad

This quinoa salad is great for an afternoon snack or light dinner. This is another variation of my Mango Chicken and Blue Cheese Quinoa Salad from a few weeks ago. You can enjoy this salad room temperature right after you whip it up or chill it in the refrigerator to eat cold. Either is YUM! Also, it cooks up in 15 minutes on the stove top. With my simple lemon dressing you can add just about whatever you like to your salad. Get creative and have fun eating 🙂

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Here’s what I chose to put in my salad. Anything goes really!

How To Make Quinoa Salad

  • Cook quinoa according to package directions. When done cooking, transfer it to a large bowl and toss with a fork. Let cool for 30 minutes or so, tossing every 5 minutes.
  • Add broccoli, chicken, carrots, olives, roasted red bell peppers, parmesan and Feta cheese to quinoa, stirring to combine.
  • To make dressing, place oil, lemon, salt and pepper into a mason jar with a lid. Close lid and shake for 30 seconds or until well combined.
  • Pour dressing over quinoa and stir to combine. Taste and add additional salt and pepper to taste. Serve room temperature or chilled.

quinoa salad

Once you’ve mixed up your quinoa and ingredients drizzle in my simple lemon dressing.

quinoa salad

Ta’da! Quinoa salad you will gobble up in no time.

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Roasted Chicken Quinoa Salad

This Roasted Chicken Quinoa Salad recipe is an amazing side dish for any meal! It's guaranteed to satisfy your most intense quinoa cravings.
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Servings: 5 servings
Calories: 416kcal
Author: Jenny
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Equipment

  • Bowl

Ingredients

  • 1 cup dry quinoa
  • 2-3 cups broccoli florets
  • 1 cup chicken breast cooked, shredded
  • 1/2 cup shredded carrots
  • 1/2 cup kalamata olives chopped
  • 1/2 cup red bell peppers roasted
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Simple Lemon Dressing

  • 1/2 cup olive oil extra virgin
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper

Instructions

  • Cook quinoa according to package directions. When done cooking, transfer it to a large bowl and toss with a fork. Let cool for 30 minutes or so, tossing every 5 minutes.
  • Add broccoli, chicken, carrots, olives, roasted red bell peppers, parmesan and Feta cheese to quinoa, stirring to combine.
  • To make dressing, place oil, lemon, salt and pepper into a mason jar with a lid. Close lid and shake for 30 seconds or until well combined.
  • Pour dressing over quinoa and stir to combine. Taste and add additional salt and pepper to taste. Serve room temperature or chilled.

Nutrition

Calories: 416kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 28g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 24mg | Sodium: 578mg | Potassium: 490mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 2928IU | Vitamin C: 55mg | Calcium: 100mg | Iron: 2mg
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15 Responses
  1. Julie

    Yes – uncooked broccoli and carrots. Totally a delicious salad and so light and awesome. I used some costco rotisserie chicken – 2 cups actually and used a raw red bell pepper. Great dish!

  2. Kati

    so the broccoli and carrots are uncooked? I can see it good either way, right now I think of quinoa as a substitute for rice, so I am thinking stir fry-ish here…but as a salad, it would make more sense uncooked, yes?

    I used quinoa for the first time this week and have been looking for more fun recipes for it. This looks tasty!!

  3. Carla @ Carla's Confections

    Love how light and fresh this looks!! I have never made quinoa but I think this one will be my first recipe 🙂

  4. Anele @ Success Along the Weigh

    Ooh this looks so good and I love how versatile it is! The occasional healthy recipe doesn’t hurt. 😉

  5. Amber

    I have to say that I started following your blog back when you put a lot of dinners on your site. I was disappointed to see the shift from yummy, healthy, easy dinners to nothing but cookies, brownies, and sweets. When you post these amazing meals, I am especially glad! Thank you for sharing this one!

  6. Melissa @ Treats With a Twist

    I love cold and refreshing quinoa salads! I love how the quinoa and the dressing get all stuck in the broccoli so you never miss a flavor in every bite. Yum! Great post! Hope your little one is doing alright!

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