Mediterranean Quinoa Salad with Chicken

This is one of my favorite quinoa dishes.  It is so filling and satisfying.  This dish can be served as a side dish or a meal.

Quinoa is a grain crop that is grown for its edible seeds. It is pronounced KEEN-wah.  It technically isn’t a cereal grain, but a pseudo-cereal. In other words, it is basically a “seed” which is prepared and eaten similarly to a grain.

You can find quinoa and products made with it all over the world, especially in health food stores and restaurants that emphasize natural foods.  The three main types are: white, red and black.

It’s not only eaten for its great taste, but for health benefits as well.  Quinoa has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.  It is high in fiber, is gluten-free, high in protein, has a low-glycemic index, and is high in important minerals like iron and magnesium.

Eat This with That

Here I have paired this dish with Garlicky Sautéed Kale for a complete, tasty and very healthy meal.

Mediterranean Quinoa Salad

Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 15 mins
Yields: 8 Servings

Ingredients

  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 garlic clove, smashed
  • 1 cup organic Quinoa, uncooked
  • 2 large cooked chicken breasts, cubed
  • 1 small red onion, chopped
  • 1 large orange bell pepper, chopped
  • 1/3 cup kalamata olives chopped
  • 1/3 cup feta cheese, crumbled
  • 1/4 cup parsley, chopped
  • Black pepper and salt to taste
  • 2/3 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup Extra Virgin olive oil

Method

  1. In a medium size saucepan, bring the chicken broth and garlic clove to a boil. Stir in the rinsed quinoa, reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer until the quinoa is tender and the chicken broth has been absorbed. (15-20 minutes).
  2. Discard the garlic, if you like and transfer the quinoa to a large bowl. Gently stir in the chicken, onion, bell pepper, olives, feta cheese, parsley, chives, salt, and pepper into the quinoa.
  3. Drizzle with lemon juice, balsamic vinegar and olive oil. Stir until well combined. Serve warm or refrigerate and serve cold. Refrigerate any leftovers.

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