Healthy Chicken and Quinoa Salad

Healthy Chicken and Quinoa Salad
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Healthy Chicken Salad
Yasmin Fahr
Healthy Chicken Salad

Crunchy and slightly bitter, this easy salad is a healthy and tasty dish to make for dinner or the night before for lunch the next day. In fact, as the acid in the dressing softens the radicchio, the flavors meld together overnight and make the salad even better than it was the before. Plus, you don't have to worry about how to dress the salad because the work has already been done!

I cooked the chicken for this salad, but you can always use leftovers from dinner the night before. Similarly, while I used leftover roasted asparagus, nearly any other cooked vegetable can be used instead. 

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2
Servings
439
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 2 chicken cutlets
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 cups cooked quinoa
  • 1/2 radicchio, cut into thin strips
  • 4-5 grape tomatoes, sliced in half lengthwise
  • 4-5 stalks asparagus, chopped
  • Juice of 1 lime

Directions

Coat the chicken with salt and pepper. Add 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil to a hot cast-iron or heavy-duty pan over high heat. When the oil is shimmering, lower the heat to medium high, add the chicken, and cook for 2-3 minutes on each side, or until cooked through. Set aside to cool. 

In a large bowl, add the remaining ingredients, seasoning to taste. Cut the chicken into thin strips, then add to the bowl. Transfer to a tupperware or serve as is.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
26g
37%
Sugar
2g
2%
Saturated Fat
20g
83%
Carbohydrate, by difference
43g
33%
Protein
9g
20%
Calcium, Ca
34mg
3%
Choline, total
46mg
11%
Fiber, total dietary
6g
24%
Folate, total
84µg
21%
Iron, Fe
3mg
17%
Magnesium, Mg
128mg
40%
Manganese, Mn
1mg
56%
Niacin
1mg
7%
Phosphorus, P
304mg
43%
Selenium, Se
6µg
11%
Sodium, Na
14mg
1%
Water
143g
5%
Zinc, Zn
2mg
25%

Healthy Chicken Shopping Tip

Buy whole chickens and ask the butcher to quarter them for you. You will save an average of $5 per pound, or more.

Healthy Chicken Cooking Tip

Legs take longer than breasts to cook. For more consistent results, mark the chicken on the grill and then finish cooking them in an oven.