Quinoa Chicken Salad

    35 minutes

    An easy way to make light salad that can be served with or without chicken for vegetarians. If you can't get quinoa you could use couscous.

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    Serves: 8 

    • 2 cups (500ml) water
    • 2 chicken stock cubes
    • 1 clove garlic, crushed
    • 1 cup uncooked quinoa
    • 2 large cooked chicken breasts, cut into bite size pieces
    • 1 large red onion, diced
    • 1 large green capsicum, diced
    • 1/2 cup kalamata olives, chopped
    • 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
    • 1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped
    • 1/4 cup fresh chives, chopped
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 2/3 cup (165ml) fresh lemon juice
    • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
    • 1/4 cup (60ml) olive oil

    Preparation:15min  ›  Cook:20min  ›  Ready in:35min 

    1. Bring the water, stock cubes and garlic to a boil in a saucepan. Stir in the quinoa reduce heat to medium-low, cover and simmer until the quinoa is tender and the water has been absorbed; 15 to 20 minutes. Discard the garlic clove and scrape the quinoa into a large bowl.
    2. Gently stir the chicken, onion, capsicum, olives, feta cheese, parsley, chives and salt into the quinoa.
    3. Drizzle with the lemon juice, balsamic vinegar and olive oil. Stir until evenly mixed. Serve warm or refrigerate and serve cold.


    Quinoa is a grain-like crop grown primarily for its edible seeds. It is a pseudocereal rather than a true cereal or grain, as it is not a grass.

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    Loved this dish! Nice and healthy but filling! Good as a side or as a main, especially when adding the chicken!  -  27 Jul 2010


    Awesome salad, very moreish!  -  02 Jul 2013


    Also made a couple of changes, but nothing major. Made it vegetarian, and added some chickpeas to make it more hearty. Also was out of red onion, so used regular onion instead. Excellent flavor, enjoyed this recipe a lot.  -  27 Jul 2009  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)