Seared Chicken and Quinoa Salad

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This light salad is a delectable way to welcome quinoa into your menu!

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!

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Seared Chicken and Quinoa Salad

With clean and scrumptious ingredients, this salad is a healthy choice for lunch or dinner.
Yield 4 people
Serving Size 0.25 of recipe
Course Dinner, Lunch, Salad
Cuisine Universal
Author SkinnyMs.



  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 boneless and skinless chicken breasts cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper


  • 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 celery diced


  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • 1 garlic clove minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper



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


  • 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 the heat. Let stand covered for 5 minutes, remove the lid, and allow to cool slightly.
  • Put the vegetables in a large bowl, add the quinoa and toss well.


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

Nutrition Information

Serving: 0.25of recipe | Calories: 379kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 32g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 86mg | Sodium: 680mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 7g |
SmartPoints (Freestyle): 10
Keywords dairy-free, Gluten-Free

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