Mediterranean-Style Chicken and Quinoa Salad

    35 min

    A quick and easy chicken salad. This dish consists of quinoa, chicken, red onions, green pepper, olives and Feta cheese, lightly tossed with a lemon and balsamic vinegar dressing.

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    Serves: 8 

    • 475ml water
    • 2 chicken stock cubes
    • 1 clove garlic, smashed
    • 170g uncooked quinoa
    • 2 large chicken breasts, cooked, cut into bite size pieces
    • 1 large red onion, diced
    • 1 large green pepper, diced
    • 70g kalamata olives, chopped
    • 75g Feta cheese, crumbled
    • 4 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
    • 4 tablespoons chopped fresh chives
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 150ml fresh lemon juice
    • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
    • 4 tablespoons olive oil

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

    1. Bring the water, stock cubes and garlic to the 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 and scrape the quinoa into a large bowl.
    2. Gently stir the chicken, onion, pepper, olives, Feta cheese, parsley, chives and salt into the quinoa. Drizzle with the lemon juice, balsamic vinegar and olive oil. Stir until evenly mixed. Serve warm or refrigerate and serve cold.

    Cook's tip

    You can also cook the quinoa in a rice cooker, if you have one.

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    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 US | Canada)


    If you are reading this review, then do yourself a favor: enjoy this recipe ASAP.  -  23 Jul 2010  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    You know, I always dislike those reviews that say: I changed this, I changed that, etc. HOWEVER, I am going to post one like that because I didn't have all of the ingredients necessary for the dish. Very, very good, even with my changes and omissions. I'm sure it'd be even better. We don't like peppers and onions so I skipped those. I sprinkled a little onion powder in the mix. I was all out of Balsamic Vinegar so I used Red Wine Vinegar instead. I had no fresh herbs so I skipped those too. I'm sure if I had all the ingredients it would have been even better. It was excellent.  -  13 Jul 2009  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)