Ensalada de Quinoa y Pollo (Quinoa Chicken Salad)

by Erica Dinho on July 16, 2012

Ensalada de Quinoa y Pollo (Quinoa Chicken Salad)

I love Quinoa no matter how it is prepared, and the fact that it is such a healthy grain, is an added benefit. This Quinoa Chicken Salad is ideal for a picnic or barbecue, as it’s very easy to put together and can be made the night before serving. This is a different type of salad that I hope you will enjoy.

Buen provecho!

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Ingredients

(4 main courses)

  • 1 cup organic quinoa
  • Salt
  • 2 cups diced and cooked chicken
  • 2 large carrots peeled
  • 1 cup cucumber, cut into pieces
  • 3 tablespoons fresh chopped cilantro
  • 1 avocado peeled, diced
  • 1 large tomato, diced
  • 1/4 cup thinly sliced red onion
  • Dressing

  • Juice of 4 limes
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon of ground cumin
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Ensalada de Quinoa y Pollo (Quinoa Chicken Salad)

Directions

  1. Place the quinoa in a pot. Add 2 cups of water, and a pinch of salt.
  2. Cover and cook on a low simmer until all the water is evaporated and the quinoa is tender about 20 minutes. Fluff with a fork and place in a large salad bowl. Using a vegetable peeler cut the carrots lengthwise into thin ribbons or slices.
  3. Add the chicken, carrots, cucumber, cilantro, tomato and red onion.
  4. Whisk together the dressing, pour it over the quinoa salad and toss gently to coat. Season to taste with salt and ground pepper.
  5. Just before serving, add the avocado and lightly mix.
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1 Lyndsey July 16, 2012 at 11:54 AM

I actually like quinoa better cold in a salad rather than as a warm side dish. This looks great! I like the dressing with lime and cumin. The only thing I would do is skip the onions and add cilantro (for my daughter) she loves it in anything! Thanks for a new idea!

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2 Ivy July 16, 2012 at 12:09 PM

Very healthy and delicious. I think that this is a meal on its own.

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3 Belinda @zomppa July 16, 2012 at 12:12 PM

I love quinoa too – and with chicken salad…even better!

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4 rebecca July 16, 2012 at 11:20 PM

this looks so good and what a fab idea to add quinoa super healthy

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5 Joanne July 17, 2012 at 7:15 AM

Yay for quinoa! This sounds like such a tasty salad.

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6 grace July 17, 2012 at 4:35 PM

i love the colors in this, erica! this is a unique salad, to be sure.

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7 Ana y Blanca July 17, 2012 at 4:47 PM

That sounds like the perfect salad for summer!
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8 Rrosita July 17, 2012 at 6:28 PM

MUY SALUDABLE Y HERMOSA ME ENCANTA ESTA ENSALADA DE QUINOA MARAVILLOSA,ABRAZOS Y ABRAZOS.

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9 Greg August 2, 2012 at 12:41 PM

I made the recipe for a barbecue and it was delicious.

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10 Erica August 2, 2012 at 4:04 PM

Thanks!

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