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Quinoa Chicken Salad with tomatoes, chickpeas, arugula, fresh herbs & optional mozzarella or feta cheese, in a tangy Lemon Dressing. Great for meal prep!

Quinoa Chicken Sald


Description

Quinoa Chicken Salad with tomatoes, chickpeas, arugula, fresh herbs & optional mozzarella or feta cheese, in a tangy Lemon Dressing. Great for meal prep!


Ingredients

Units Scale
  • 1 cup quinoa- rinsed
  • 8 ounces of cooked chicken breast (baked chicken, crispy tofu, or extra garbanzo beans)
  • 16 ounces cherry or grape tomatoes- halved
  • 14 ounce can chickpeas ( optional)
  • 1 cup Italian parsley, chopped
  • 1/4 cup mint, chopped
  • 1/4 cup red onion, finely diced
  • zest from one lemon
  • handful of Arugula or Spinach (optional)
  • 8 oz small mozzarella balls (halved)- optional or sub-feta or goat cheese!

Lemony Dressing:

  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice, more to taste
  • 1 tsp salt
  • Cracked pepper to taste
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely minced

Instructions

  1. Rinse Quinoa and place in medium pot with 1 3/4 Cup water and 1/2 tsp salt on high heat. Bring to a boil, cover and turn heat to low, and cook covered 15-20 minutes, or until all water is absorbed. Fluff with fork and cool in fridge, overnight or for 1 hour.
  2. To make dressing, mix all ingredients in a small bowl.
  3. When quinoa has chilled, place in large bowl, fluff with fork. Add tomatoes, chickpeas, chicken or tofu, herbs, zest, onion and mozzarella balls (optional).
  4. Toss with dressing. If you like, place it on top of a bed of greens like arugula or mixed lettuces.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 cup
  • Calories: 300
  • Sugar: 2.3 g
  • Sodium: 678.7 mg
  • Fat: 12.7 g
  • Saturated Fat: 1.8 g
  • Carbohydrates: 26.2 g
  • Fiber: 5.7 g
  • Protein: 22 g
  • Cholesterol: 25.8 mg

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