Seared Chicken and Quinoa Salad

This light salad is a delectable way to welcome quinoa into your menu! Full of vitamin-rich veggies like bold arugula and crunchy bell peppers, this yummy meal offers a host of garden fresh flavors. Colorful veggies team up with tender chicken and nutty quinoa, forming a heart-healthy quinoa salad that’ll have your taste buds singing.

Chicken and quinoa pack a serious protein punch, making this recipe an ultra-satisfying meal on its own. The medley of flavors is tossed in a mouthwatering dressing that calls for 100% clean ingredients like Dijon mustard, raw honey, and extra virgin olive oil, giving the salad a tangy-sweet finish. Savor each crunch and enjoy!

Seared Chicken and Quinoa Salad

Seared Chicken and Quinoa Salad

Yields: 4 servings | Calories: 379 | Total Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 86mg | Sodium: 680mg | Carbohydrates: 28g | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 7g | Protein: 32g | SmartPoints: 10

Ingredients

    Chicken:
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • Salad:
  • 2/3 cup quinoa, rinsed
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 4 cups baby arugula
  • 1 red bell pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 1 cucumber, diced
  • 1/4 cup diced celery
  • Dressing:
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper

Directions

Chicken:

Heat the oil in a heavy bottomed skillet over medium high heat. Add the chicken and cook until well browned. Season with the salt and pepper and continue cooking until done. Set aside.

Salad:

Put the quinoa and salt in a medium saucepan with 1 1/3 cup water. Bring to a boil, cover and reduce heat. Simmer for 15 minutes, until liquid is absorbed. Turn off heat. Let stand covered for 5 minutes, remove lid, and allow to cool slightly.

Put the vegetables in a large bowl, add the quinoa and toss well.

Dressing:

Put all ingredients in a jar with lid and shake until well combined. Add to the salad, along with the chicken and toss to coat. Serve the salad warm or chilled.

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