Main Dish Recipes

Greek Quinoa Salad with Chicken

You know what I really love seeing as the weather description first thing in the morning?

“Freezing Drizzle.”

Yes, THAT makes me want to leap out of bed with a smile on my face and a spring in my step (as if I ever get out of bed with a smile and a spring. . . ).

If this happens again, North Carolina will be getting a strongly worded letter from me.

I’m also kind of tired of soups. I want summer food, even if the weather outside is doing its best to convince me that summer will never ever ever arrive.

So, we ate this salad for dinner last night. Bonus points because it is so quick and easy to throw together.

We ate it a bunch last year, but it’d been a while since we had it, and it was just as good as I remembered.

Both my girls ate it (Ani, especially, had multiple servings of it), so maybe they are getting antsy for summer too.

This quinoa salad is so tasty! Fresh, fast and healthy - we make this all the time.

Greek Quinoa Salad with Chicken
(adapted from Better Homes and Gardens via Sisters Cafe)

Serves 5-6 as a main dish

1 cup uncooked quinoa
2 cups water
1-2 chicken breasts, cooked and shredded
4 roma tomatoes, chopped
2 cups baby spinach, chopped
1/3 cup red onion, finely (extra finely, if you’re Bart) diced
1/4 cup lemon juice
1/4 cup olive oil
2 Tablespoons red wine vinegar
1 teaspoon salt
1 avocado, diced
1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese

Rinse and drain your quinoa well then put it and the water in pot over high heat and bring to a boil. Stir once, cover and reduce heat to low, cooking for about 15 minutes, until the water is absorbed and the quinoa is fluffy. Remove from heat and set aside.

Toss the chicken, tomatoes, spinach and onion together in a large mixing bowl. Add the quinoa and stir well.

Whisk the lemon juice, olive oil, vinegar, and salt together in a small bowl or cup, then drizzle over the quinoa and mix well to coat.

Gently toss in the avocado and feta, salt and pepper to taste and serve.

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  • Reply Mimsie March 19, 2014 at 2:04 pm

    Looks extremely yummy. Will give It a try this weekend.

  • Reply Stephanie March 19, 2014 at 2:43 pm

    Your photo is BEAUTIFUL! Well done! 🙂

  • Reply Becca March 19, 2014 at 9:13 pm

    Hmm, sounds to me like you're due for a California summer.

    And thanks, because I was wondering all morning what we would be having for dinner. Now I know.

  • Reply Celeste March 20, 2014 at 12:55 am

    You and I are on the same page. I think I really need this salad in my life. And I hope you can come share more of your salad goodness at upcoming recipe swap!

  • Reply Meg {Boo Boos & Briefcases} March 20, 2014 at 1:41 pm

    I've never made quinoa before but ironically was just talking about needing to try it when I saw your post! This looks like a great 1st recipe!

  • Reply sedonahue March 25, 2014 at 3:43 pm

    Oh my gosh, this looks delicious. I love quinoa, and I love Mediterranean flavors, so this looks perfect for me. Just discovered your blog (via Merrick's Art), and I can already tell that your blog will be a good fit for me. 🙂

  • Reply Janssen March 26, 2014 at 7:07 am

    Thanks so much! I'm so glad you're here!

  • Reply Andrea Cardenas March 29, 2014 at 12:26 am

    Pretty much all my favorite ingredients, I must try this,

  • Reply Jenn April 12, 2014 at 11:40 pm

    This was delicious! Even my non-quinoa-loving husband liked it. When a recipe calls for cooked chicken and you don't have leftovers, how do you usually cook it? Today I found a simple crock pot recipe for greek chicken, but that obviously takes a while.

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